On Thursday 6 July we were very pleased to welcome the team from the hugely popular BBC production 'Celebrity Antiques Road Trip'.
Produced by Scottish Television on behalf of the BBC, Celebrity Antiques Road Trip is now in its seventh series, a testament to popularity of the show. The premise of the series is for two antique 'experts' to pair up with a celebrity guest and try to buy antiques from dealers and showrooms from around the UK. They will then take those items to an auction house and hope that they sell for a profit. Any profits made are of course handed over to a charity of the celebrities choosing.
For a small independent business like ours getting the exposure that a huge show can bring is absolutely fantastic. Not only do we have the benefit of the initial airing of the show but these programs are also very popular in the BBC iPlayer and episodes are repeated on a regular basis. So naturally when the call came in from Fraser at STV, enquiring whether I would be interested in taking part, I bit his hand off for the opportunity.
Once we had agreed that in principle the plan suited both parties I casually asked when they would like to book in for a visit, expecting a date weeks or even months into the future (assuming that there are long lead times in producing TV shows). 'We would come on Thursday morning' was the response I got...now then given that this conversation took place on Tuesday morning, and also take into account the fact the shop floor had been devastated by a particularly busy weekend (with many items having been taken from the shop floor) and let us not forget that as I had been prioritising our online activities (playing on the computer and Facebook) over looking after the displays on the shop floor; one can imagine the gargantuan task that lay ahead...'Yes that will be fine, Thursday morning it is then!' I confidently declared while casting my gaze over the 'showroom'.
And then I set to work. I was going to display every item, dusted and polished and with new price labels. The front yard also benefited not only from some extensive weeding and leaf collecting (we have some willow trees over looking the car park and so we are locked into a constant battle to keep nature at the front door) and the hanging baskets were refreshed. After working late into the night on both Tuesday and Wednesday I finally stepped back and decided to call it a day...tbc...