15 Aug 2016

Hull’s hidden gems – furniture and antiques

We explore some of the finest furniture and reclamation yards in the city.

Everyone loves a hidden treasure. A piece of furniture you never thought you’d find, but that just happens to be exactly what you were looking for. A table, lampshade or vintage sofa with your name on it (even if it needs a bit of sprucing up).

Hull is full of great places to find new furniture, so whether you’re looking for antiques, doer uppers or contemporary design, here are a few of our top places to shop.

Kevin Marshall’s Antiques Warehouse

It could be easy to miss Kevin Marshall’s Antiques Warehouse. Tucked between houses in Wilton Street, you might never know that this amazing shop was here. Luckily for antiques fans, it has a huge green front door with a toilet seat on it that ought to catch your eye. Step through the door and you’ll find a maze of furniture, collectibles and antiques gathered over decades. It’s a bit of a rabbit’s warren, but it’s well worth an hour or two spent searching.

Grannies Parlour Antiques

An Anlaby Road institution, Grannies Parlour keeps going and going … With more of a focus on antiques and collectibles than furniture, there are literally thousands of unique and fascinating objects to rummage through. Vintage posters, newspapers, kitchenware and crockery are all here in abundance. If you’re more into furniture, pop into the shop next door; it’s owned by the next generation of the same family, who are continuing a fine tradition of collecting beautiful objects.

Waterloo Antiques Reclaimed

A veritable interior design goldmine, Waterloo Antiques Reclaimed in Great Union Street is the go-to place for anyone in the middle of a project. Travel through the first room to find quality, hand-crafted furniture and lighting – making sure you pet the resident dog on your way past – and head into the back room. There’s a whole world of potential in there, from vintage metal lampshades to tables and chairs. Although some of what you find might need a fresh coat of paint, I can guarantee you’ll see something you didn’t realise you needed in your life.

Emmaus Orchard Superstore

Great value furniture and an inspiring community project. What’s not to like? Emmaus UK is a charity that works with homeless people across Hull, supporting them out of homelessness through training and meaningful work. The Orchard Superstore in Lockwood Street, Hull, is a perfect example of this – the workshop at the back of the store gives people the opportunity to learn furniture restoration skills, while the shop sells the furniture. There’s a great café for your post-shopping cuppa, too.

Feeling inspired to spruce up your spare bedroom? Find out more about our Homestay challenge and get your house ready for guests in 2017.

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