When and why did you open the shop?
We took the decision to open a physical shop in 2015 after spending several years beforehand selling solely online. We felt it important to have not only an online shop but also a space that represents us as dealers and presents a face to our business.
We wanted to create an environment in which our stock could give feeling to what we are about. I have always felt that having a face to a business is important (perhaps this is the traditionalist inside me).
How is the shop structured?
It is run mainly by family members. We open at the weekend to allow us to ‘hunt’ during the week, discovering items that we find attractive and would suit our shop.
What is the biggest challenge?
Having to be conscious of space. There have been many occasions where I have come across pieces that I would love to purchase and bring back to the shop but have had to think long and hard before buying due to space restrictions.
How do you encourage people to visit?
Primarily by advertising on social media, posting pictures of new and current stock on a daily basis. However, we also have leaflets in local outlets and advertise within the north-west area in newspapers and with signage.
What is one other shop you love and why?
It would have to be Nics Nacs in Rixton, a barn packed to the rafters with everything you could possibly think of, from taxidermy to mid-century furniture.
What is one key feature needed for a great shop?
I think one essential for a great shop or centre is diversity. The shops that stand out to me are always spaces with a wide variety of good-quality pieces. I love to be surprised when hunting around, and it always puts a smile on my face to find something odd or unique in an unexpected place.
Given an unlimited budget what is one change you would make?
I would extend the shop. I would love to have a huge space to house our items with lots of spare space for bigger items to be stored.
Hunt and Gather, Riverside Trading Estate, Station Road, Penketh, Warrington, WA5 2UL