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Nina Eggens, a Scottish dealer whose stock and business went up in smoke, says she is not looking for new premises after the fire but has a fresh business plan to carry on with an online venture.

Nina Eggens’ shop was caught up in a blaze which ripped through six businesses operating at Lethenty Mill, north of Inverurie.

All of her stock in Nina’s Apartment, valued at £10,000 and for which she was uninsured for fire, was destroyed.

It included Swedish teak sideboards, Whitefriars glass and 1960s Danish Royal Copenhagen ceramics.

Two weeks after the blaze, the Netherlands-born dealer in mid-century furniture and decorative pieces, who lives near the mill, said: “We now have to keep out of the building due to risk of collapsing. I have been inside my shop and there is absolutely nothing left. It is a shell. People have been very kind; I have been offered stock and space to trade again." 

Eggens added: “My plans include going to France this summer and loading the car with unique French pieces to sell and looking ahead, working with fellow traders rather than finding new premises and having the burden of high overheads.

“I am currently in the process of setting up an online marketplace of online vintage and antiques traders in Scotland to help buyers and sellers find each other more easily.”

If you would like to find out more, Eggens can be contacted at ninasapartment@gmail.com