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Hi 

 

i recently took over our 96 year old family business and have come across some machinery that are not used.  Could anybody advise how I should go about finding them a new home? I don't really want to weigh them in for scrap as they are beautiful historical pieces. 

 

One of the machines is a Frobana welting machine and the other is a 1950s treddle blake machine. 

 

I have no idea who to contact so all help will be appreciated. 

 

Natalie x

 

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Honestly I couldn't tell you. My brother and I are 4th generation of the family to run the business since 1923 and to cut a very long story short - the machines have been the least of my worries over the past 12 months as i have been more focused on the shop itself if you get me. 

 

Thank you ever so much for your advice . I will get in touch with them, i'm extremely grateful.

 

Natalie :)

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Sorry for going off topic. I see you sell proper shoes at your place.

is there much of a market for higher end Northamptonshire made shoes all the way out in Barnsley, or is your main money in the repair side of the business?

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If you have the room, get them cleaned and painted, put a sign underneath explaining what each machine does and use them as an attraction for your shop.

 

If you go down this route, let your local media know as you may get a free advert.

Rick.

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Hi Count 

 

Yes we stock Barkers, Trickers, Cheaneys, Sargents, Peter Kaiser, to name a few. If you have a look at our website it gives you more detail and history on there :)

 

Our primary sellers in mens are Barkers and Trickers - we sell a lot of both.  

Our repair side is forever busy but as we are almost 100 years old we have built up a significant clientele over the years as you could probably imagine. We are Trickers longest serving customer which I didn't realise until a few weeks ago.  I am learning all the time in honesty. My brother does all the repair side of things - i do everything else lol. I came on board last July after we lost our dad so it's a huge learning curve for me!

 

 

Rick - thank you for your suggestion.  I could leave the Frobana but not sure where I'd put the other!! I have also NO IDEA how they got the flippin thing upstairs! 

 

 

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