NEWS and EVENTS


We are official stockists for Vintro Chalk Paint - April 2016

Vintro Chalk Paint is an easy to use decorative paint which can be used to update furniture, floors and walls, available in 45 fabulous colours.

It will give excellent coverage on a variety of surfaces including glass, wood, stone, tiles, plastic, metal, laminate, concrete, fabric... in fact it will cover almost ANY surface!

Email orders taken via this site.

Our new Vintage Tearooms open - May 2016




Our vintage tearooms are open 7 days per week for delicious home-made soup, cakes, sandwiches and afternoon teas.


Amorini Antiques Centre featured on the Antiques Road Trip - 9 January 2015
STUFFED CROCODILE BAGS ANTIQUES ROAD TRIP EXPERT A SNAPPY PROFIT!




Antiques Road Trip expert, Phillip Serrell, snapped up a fantastic £100 Profit on a Victorian stuffed crocodile purchased from a Birkenhead Antiques Centre last week. The popular BBC antiques programme, which sees two experts trawling around antiques shops trying to pick up bargains and then seeing who can make the most profit when the items are later sold at auction, was shown on Friday 9th January.

You can see the programme on BBC Iplayer here www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04xwv5c



Filming for the show actually took place in October last year when Phillip Serrell, and fellow expert Christina Trevanion, visited Amorini Antiques Centre just off Hamilton Square in Birkenhead.

You can find further details by downloading the pdf press release here.


Happy New Year from all at Amorini Antiques Centre!

January 2014

The New Year has certainly got off to a good start at AAC with 8 new dealers joining us in the extended sales areas. We now have 18 units and 26 cabinets so lots of great shopping opportunities. So far this year we've seen a diverse range of interesting items come through the door from our new dealers... everything from fab retro furniture to antique surgical instruments! Other new arrivals include: vintage dinky toys, militaria, books, jewellery, glass, china, paintings and much, much more!



LIVERPOOL DAILY POST
Small Business of the Week: Amorini Antiques Centre

7 Nov 2013 11.19

Relocation provides opening for 40 Birkenhead small ventures.


Carole McWilliams, founder of the Amorini Antiques Centre

Expansion for one Birkenhead company has provided an opportunity for 40 more small businesses.

LT Print Group was acquired by Bob McWilliams in 1971 and operated from premises at 1 Hamilton Street, a stone's throw from Hamilton Square rail station.

As the business grew Mr McWilliams relocated most of it to a unit in Seacombe around 1993, although he kept the digital print operation in the original site.

But now that, too, has been moved to a specially created digital suite at Seacombe, leaving the Hamilton Street site empty, and allowing his wife, Carole, to indulge her love of antiques.

She explained: "Up until recently you needed a high street shop, but now everyone does business on the internet. So the need for a high street printing shop has disappeared."

So, she has created the Amorini Antiques Centre within the former print shop, offering room for 15 tenants to set up and run their own businesses, and 25 cabinets, which are glass presentation cases which can hold a selection of items that the centre will sell on behalf of the cabinet holders.

Ms McWilliams said: "My passion is antiques, and I have been dealing in them for 30 years."

She said, in her opinion, the area has been crying out for a focus for antique dealers.

"There used to be 40 antique shops in the Wirral 30 years ago."

"This area used to be the antiques triangle."

Now, she believes she has created a unique opportunity for dealers and customers: "There's nothing like this in Wirral, Liverpool or Chester."

She added: "I think people view antique shops as intimidating, but with this place there is something for everyone."

"Next door there's a £5,000 piece of furniture, and here there's a piece of China for £5."

"But the important thing for me is that for everybody that rents in here, it is as much their business as mine and I want it to be a collaboration venture."

She said all the tenants will take it in turns to sit on the front desk and meet and talk to customers.

Even though the Centre only officially opened this week, Mrs McWilliams said every unit and cabinet has been snapped up and she now has a waiting list of prospective dealers.

She admitted: "I thought this was a good idea, but I was worried, would people come in?"

She said even while they were setting up the business people were calling from all over the region, including North Wales.

"I wasn't prepared for so many people to want to come in so quickly."

Among the items on display in the centre are antiques, collectables, militaria, jewelry, reproduction art deco posters and prints, and retro jewelry made by a young student.

Mrs McWilliams said the venture is proving popular with a range of different tenants: "There are people who have wanted to do something like this for a while and this is their first opportunity to do it full time. And there are other people using it as a toe in the water for a new job."

She said during the downturn the antique business had been in the doldrums, but it is now starting to pick up.

"Also, younger people are beginning to appreciate antiques much more. People used to say they don’t buy 'brown furniture', but that is changing."

And she said given the response to the centre she is already considering extending the idea to another location in Merseyside: "This area is crying out for something like this. The more there is, the more likely we are to attract people to the area."


Workshops

We run regular workshops including: How to 'Shabby Chic' your furniture; Decorating your antiques with flowers; 18th Century glass; restoring your furniture etc. If you would like to go on our mailing list, please email: carole@amoriniantiques.co.uk