Gdads Collectables Ltd

Contact :  Mark

01908 222419

Type of business :  Retail service

Successful Collectables dealers, Anne and Mark, decided to set up Gdads in 2011 to give people the opportunity to sell “affordable Collectables and Vintage items” without the hassle and upkeep of having their own store. Offering 80+ Pods and Cabinets over two floors and a separate Furniture Barn, Gdads has created an amazing opportunity for sellers to display their labelled items. It’s so popular that there is currently a waiting list for Pods.

The name Gdads came from Anne’s father Chris’ nickname. Chris is incredibly knowledgeable, specialising in old coins and is often called upon for his expertise as well as joining the regulars for a well-earned pot of tea.

The aim is to be quirky and vintage and people come from all over to visit the Emporium. Mark and Anne welcome you to come to see and touch all the amazing items, with no pressure to buy.

There is a vintage style cafe for you to have a relaxing tea , coffee and cake. The “All Day Ladies” networking group meet here regularly as well as Derek, their oldest customer. A lot of customers and sellers have become good friends because of their shared interest in the enjoyment of buying, selling and restoration of antiques.

The boat displayed outside is in memory of Bill Chapman who lived at the Galleon Cottage. Bill made this boat and it spent many years travelling up and down the Grand Union canal, before finally coming to rest in its current position outside the Emporium.

A lot of Gdads custom is from holiday-makers in rental boats on the canal, “it’s a great gateway for us. We had a couple on holiday who bought an old cast iron typewriter to take back in their hand luggage - all the way to Australia!”

On display in the Furniture Barn is the “Bog Lady”, she was rescued from being a scarecrow in an allotment in North London and has since had a glamorous makeover .
.Gdads has even been featured on the ‘Antiques Road Trip’ on BBC2!

And for the indecisive, there are even gift vouchers available.

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