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Ginger Cat Antiques moves to New Road in Spalding as business grows

A growing antiques business has moved into larger premises as people turn to a ‘unique form of recycling’.

Mark Carroll has spent six weeks transforming the new home for his business, Ginger Cat Antiques, in New Road, Spalding.

During this redecoration project, Mr Carroll discovered the 200-year-old building’s cellar, which previous occupants had not been aware of.

Mark Carroll outside the new Ginger Cat Antiques Shop
Mark Carroll outside the new Ginger Cat Antiques Shop

He had previously been based with Pendragon Antiques in Red Lion Street but needed larger accommodation after seeing a surge in online sales.

Mr Carroll said: “Antiques and retro items are the ultimate form of recycling.

“I have had several customers comment to me that the reason they furnish their house with these items is that it is environmentally friendly.”

Ginger Cat Antiques, named after Mr Carroll’s cat Stilton, was running online for more than a year before he decided to follow the family tradition of having a shop in town.

He decided to take over the new premises after buying the contents of the curiosity shop which had been running there previously.

Mr Carroll said: “As I emptied the contents I inquired about moving in.

“The shop had not been renovated since the 1970s so it took six weeks to get it to where it is now.

“We have discovered a cellar that no-one knew was there.

“The building is 200-years-old and I found some old boards which relate to when it was new and have included those within the decoration.”

The premises has been completely redecorated with new carpets being added.

Mr Carroll, who officially opened on Saturday, said the new look has been positively received by the public.

He said: “I am very pleased with it.

“It is a fantastic spot right on the junction with the traffic lights so people can see what it is in the large windows as they wait.

“There is also a lot of foot traffic as well.”

Currently Mr Carroll is operating on one floor but the premises has space to extend onto a second.

Mr Carroll got into the world of antiques after amassing a large collection of coins and ceramics.

He said: “People are going through a 60s and 70s vibe at the moment. They remember things from their parents’ homes and their childhood.

“People like light wood furniture, Italian and German ceramics, anything that has a retro feel to it.”

The shop contains a wide variety of items from different time periods.

Mr Carroll said: “I have a lovely 200-year-old Chinese cabinet along with items that are 60 years-old.

“The oldest item is approximately 600-years-old and is a pomander, which is a large vessel used for wine.”

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