Antiques dealer shuts shop after 27 years amid HS2 fears

Sally Turner at her antiques shop in Wendover
Sally Turner at her antiques shop in Wendover

A lifetime of loving antiques began for Sally Turner when she was just seven years old.

Her parents ran a buying and selling business, and a chaise longue she bid for at auction for 30 bob made her a whopping £3.

The rest they say is history, and now the talented Wendover antiques expert is 
shutting up her long standing shop, to slow down a bit, and focus on her web store.

She said: “I’m 60 this year and have decided not to renew the lease with our wonderful, wonderful landlady.

“HS2 is going to close off Wendover and I feel that this will knock businesses in the village.

“But I have absolutely loved being here, I came here in 1979 and set up this shop in 1988.

“My parents had a shop in Cheltenham but I ran away from home at 22 and set up a shop of my own.”

And Ms Turner told just how hard it was in those early years to keep things afloat.

She said: “I used to sleep on the floor in the shop, 
and know what it feels like to have 5p in your purse at the end of the week.”

She added: “I’m looking forward to not working so hard, and will still do a bit online.”

Next week reporter Heather Jan Brunt talks to Ms Turner in more detail about her life long passion for antiques.