The BBC1 Antiques Road Trip crew returned once again to Perry Higgins Antiques premises in Penmaenmawr.
This episode however has a twist to the tale and will be broadcast later this year. We are sworn to secrecy regarding the content but we are however able to show a few photos
of the finalisation which took place in our American Cafe "THE LAZY DOLLAR".
Phillip Serrell was once again the expert visitor who "battered" the prices in our shop and achieved some amazing bargains.
Now Phillip , an established star of many TV antique programmes cast his expert eye throughout our entire stock and several hours later made his happy exit.
Welcome to our new delivery service.
Perry Higgins Antiques has been offering a delivery service to all customers who may have purchased furniture. The service is charged at a minimum cost.
Some deliveries are free, depending on the purchase order and location.
A quotation can be obtained from ourselves at any time.
I take my hat off to you Bill.....
So,early this morning a very sombre gentleman came into our shop to sell 4 lovely black top hats. When I had purchased them I asked him how he had acquired these items.
He told me that he was a retired undertaker from Stoke and used these hats for his funerals.He had offered these hats to us because he had seen many hats on display in our "hat section".
I thought about these hats and reminded myself of the last funeral I attended some four years ago. There were no top hats,just a simple ceremony in Trinity Church Llandudno.
My friend Bill Housley had died and we were paying our last respects to a great guy ,brilliant artist, fantastic talker, and a very gentle man with a brilliant mind.
Now Bill was involved with all sorts of junk and antique items,and there will be many people who remember his lovely nautical seascapes which he painted to earn some sort of crust.
There is however a twist to this tale. Some 40 years previously I had seen Bill's original attempts at painting ship's pictures which I thought were brilliant. I encouraged him to paint some more and began selling them in my antique shop. Bill progressed and started painting these lovely ships on trunks and blanket boxes.
Now some of his pictures were deliberately placed in smoky pubs
(remember when you could smoke in a pub) in order to "age" them. And so these pictures, usually painted on old pine board
started to appear in auctions, and it took a discerning eye to tell if they were genuinely old 19th century or modern day Bill Housley fakes. Some made very serious money.
I take my hat off to you Bill.
God Bless You Bill....You made your little mark on life......
Your little ships pics sail on!
Regards , Mick King (alias Perry Higgins )