COP26, the two-week global summit in Glasgow ended on November 12 and with it the traffic congestion and road closures in place during this mega-event.
Here is a short focus on a few antiques businesses in the city so a trip to these and many others in Glasgow can be planned (offsetting your journey by buying sustainable, recycled antique items, of course).
West side stories
The West End area of Glasgow includes Finnieston, on the north bank of the River Clyde, home to the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum and once described by The Times as the hippest place in the UK.
Two antiques businesses here are Glasgow City Antiques in Lancefield Street and Finnieston Antiques in Argyle Street.
The former is a huge warehouse packed out with predominantly but not exclusively furniture – antique, Mid-century, Arts & Crafts – plus plenty of glass, ceramics and other choice pieces, from 35 dealers.
Simone Mayer, who has owned this business for 15 years, said: “November is one of our busiest months so we lost half of that due to COP26 but up to then business has been excellent. Our other two hectic months are January and February so we look forward to those.
“We do sell a lot of furniture as well as small collectables including to locals and private buyers from London.”
Mohsen Souli owns Finnieston Antiques in the tucked-away Hidden Lane, a mix of designer and craft studios, art galleries and quirky shops.
Before COP26 started on October 23 he had been concerned about the impact of road closures on his business, which specialises in Asian art and includes a cafe, but Souli was upbeat before the summit ended.
Take a pew
Glasgow Architectural Salvage is on the city’s South Street, on the north bank heading west. Owner Ben Kingston, who has run the business for 30 years, said there has been no let-up in people refurbishing their homes, with doors and radiators his best sellers.
He also has 500 vintage pews in stock, many made up from pews in redundant churches in Scotland, at prices from around £260.
The next date for the monthly antique, vintage and collectors’ event under the name of the Glasgow Antique, Vintage & Collectors Fair at the Bellahouston Leisure Centre is Sunday, December 12, with 60-plus stallholders involved.