How It All Began
With a shared passion for antiques we opened the Kibworth Antiques Centre on the A6 near Kibworth, Leicestershire on 6th October 2012. When we first visited the former BMW showroom in the spring of 2012 we knew immediately that it would make a fantastic space for an antiques centre and by the September we had collected the keys and our work started. We opened without a single dealer signed up and as we began to get it all together we knew within a couple of weeks that we had made the right decision. There hadn’t been an antiques centre in the area for several years and as dealers began to hear about our plans they were keen to join us. Quite early on it became apparent that more space would be needed, as the waiting list of dealers was growing steadily.
In the spring of 2013, with so much increased demand, we made the decision to open up and fill the adjoining building behind the main centre. This building had formerly been used by BMW as a workshop, complete with inspection pit and grease! After many very late nights cleaning and scrubbing we were ready to install a mezzanine floor which would allow us to create even more space, and open the doors to the public. Our customers come from as far afield as Northamptonshire, Lincolnshire, the East and West Midlands and Cambridgeshire, and even Harrogate and Leeds.
Our dealers’ finds cover a huge spectrum of one-off and unique items, which in most cases you wouldn’t find on the high street and which we think is one of the reasons why we have so many regular customers. In their words ‘there is always something to tempt you’. Since our nervous beginnings in 2013 we have been thrilled with how well Kibworth Antiques Centre has been received. Our dealer family has grown to in excess of 60 spread over 10,000 square feet and with a grown waiting list. Kibworth Antiques Centre has become a real ‘go to’ place for the unusual, the special and the ‘sought after’ antiques and curios. We offer a constantly changing eclectic mix of items from period and retro furniture (both indoor and out), vintage clothing, luggage, jewellery, shabby chic and interior items, curios, books, mirrors, glassware and lots and lots more. We really are an Aladdin’s Cave of treasures!