Hull’s popular boutique, popular with salvage hunters and antique tourers
Hidden away on Great Union Street is one of Hull’s most fascinating businesses. Run by father and son duo Eddie and Andy Franklin, Antiques Reclaimed specializes in renovations and sells a wide range of curiosities.
Since opening their doors in 2011, the pair have appeared on TV twice – once on Salvage Hunters and once on Antiques Roadshow. Promoting the company on social media is their adorable dog Peaches, who loves posing with the antiques and climbing over the renovations in the yard.
Being a big fan of antiques and trinkets, I decided to head to Great Union Street and check out Antiques Reclaimed for myself. Who knows what little nuggets of local history I might find there?
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When I arrived Andy was in the yard renovating an old radiator, giving it a fresh coat of paint. One of their specialties, Antiques Reclaimed also do impressive renovations of old fireplaces, earning them the nickname “Hull’s best recyclers”.
Eddie showed me around the yard, pointing out another of their impressive renovations. The old pool table base panels had been cut and perfectly shaped into new furniture, proving the team’s credentials in recycling.
Andy and Eddie are lovely guys and were more than happy to show me around and point out some of their coolest items. Above the counter was an immaculately maintained sign from an old shop front in Hull, and around the corner there was a second sign from the 1930s.
Andy showed me some of the beautiful lights he had refurbished, taking old wooden stands and pairing them with completely refurbished spotlights from old school rooms. Seeing the raw materials next to the finished product says a lot about the skill involved in their craft.
Among the charming metal signs and vintage furniture were a number of items that held nuggets of local history. For example, there is a life-size model of a man dressed in wartime clothing that was salvaged from Fort Paull after it closed.
There’s something fascinating to be found around every corner at Antiques Reclaimed, and it’s a lot of fun browsing their shop for hidden gems. It truly is a place that must be experienced in person to experience all it has to offer.
Speaking to Andy and Eddie about the work they do, it’s clear they’re in this business because of their love of the craft. They are not in the antique business to earn a fortune, but rather to find pleasure in salvaging unique items and renovating items to the best of their abilities.
The father and son duo explained that business had been very difficult during the pandemic and that they had been forced to close because they were not essential. Now that they have reopened, business is steady, but they fear they will have to move from their current location on Great Union Street due to redevelopment plans in the area.
If you want to support a very unique local family business, head over to Antiques Reclaimed and check out what curios you can find. You are sure to come across something you have never seen before!
And with Eddie, Andy and Peaches the dog to keep you company, you’re sure to have a great time doing it.
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