Ferret Antiques is back at number 4 Friday Street, the same shop they were in 20 years ago. We popped in to meet Delia and Roger Etherington who own the business, to discover what a treasure trove of lovely things they have – everything from beautiful jewellery, silver, vintage clothing, furniture and boxes to musical instruments and stuffed animals. We particularly loved the unusual old oak stationery box with ink well, and an old brownie camera.
Delia and another trader, Carol, opened The Ferret some years ago. They then moved across the road to number 5, sub-letting from Simon Knight of Knight’s Oriental Rugs. When that shop moved, Delia and her husband Roger took a space in the Lamb Antiques centre in Wallingford for two years, moving back to Henley when their original shop became vacant. Delia and Roger said, “It is lovely to be back in Friday Street and to see all their loyal customers again.”
In her younger days Delia did many different jobs including milking cows and working with a picture restorer, before taking up a career in staff management training which she loved. She eventually gave this up when her first child was born.
Ferret Antiques obtains its stock from many different sources, and they are always willing to view items which people wish to sell. At the moment, useful household items and jewellery are very popular, but many people still collect interesting and ornamental things of course. The shop is a brilliant place to find presents for all occasions as well.
In her spare time Delia likes to read, paint, be involved with activities in the village where they live, and to spend time on the river in the summer. She said “When our children were small, they were quite used to being confronted by peculiar objects and stock for the shop. Nothing surprised them, and I remember once they came home from school and walked casually past a full sized stuffed brown bear (not a real one) in our hall without so much as a second glance!”
Do pop in to see Delia and Roger at The Ferret. They love people to come in and browse (or Ferret around) and look forward to giving you a warm welcome.