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For a small town Uppingham has a superb line-up of antiques and vintage shops, and collectors could easily while away half a day (stay for lunch, why don’t you?) browsing half a dozen different shops. 

GARNERS: This is a shop for serious collectors or those looking to furnish a larger house, in that Garners specialises in 18th and 19th century ‘proper’ antiques, especially beautiful dining tables and matching chairs, sideboards etc. Also deals in fine art. Informed and welcoming service at the large shop at the far end of High Street East, past the Town Hall.

J&D: Formerly known as Junk & Disorderly, which is a lovely name but would not now do justice to the beautiful furniture imaginatively upcycled and showcased in this North Street East double-fronted shop.

J&D Uppingham

picture courtesy of J&D Uppingham

While much of the furniture is painted, the owners Juan and Peter also know when to leave well alone to let beautiful wood speak for itself. You’ll find beautifully-uphostered footstools and one-off chairs, chests of drawers, side tables, shelves, mirrors and lamps along with some vintage china and one-off pieces. I counted recently and I own seven pieces of furniture from J&D, whose prices are extremely competitive. And they’re a delight to visit!







MARK GILBERT: The barn beside the Fire Station on Ayston Road is stuffed with furniture (some of it needing a bit of TLC) but if you’re looking for a large piece, such as a wardrobe, kitchen table, big bookcase etc, it is worth a visit.

Rutland Antiques Centre

Rutland Antiques Centre

RUTLAND ANTIQUES CENTRE: Tucked away up Crown Passage this single storey barn has a great range of smaller-scale antiques from 20 different dealers. No matter how small your cottage you’ll find something to fit it, and to suit your purse. I drop in every two or three weeks as stock changes frequently and I would hate to miss the perfect Arts & Crafts sidetable that I need. Friendly service. Don’t try to haggle if you’re buying something under £20.

Uppingham Antiques Centre

Uppingham Antiques Centre

UPPINGHAM ANTIQUES CENTRE: Enjoys a prime position on High Street East with two big windows to entice you in, with many rooms set over two floors stuffed with antiques and vintage from every era. Nick and Wendy Grindley have their own top quality stock, and showcase collections from over 40 different dealers. You’ll find everything from vintage garden tools to diamond jewellery, from Georgian whatnots to collectable books. Something to suit every budget. Again, stock changes frequently, so I try and drop in every two or three weeks, but that’s easy because it’s open 364 days a year.

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