This shop has recently opened around the corner from me.
As Ross Clark wrote in the Daily Telegraph last year:
In hard-up Britain, selling the family silver is an act to which more and more of us are being driven. Far from using our homes as cashpoints, as we were little more than a year ago, increasing numbers are being forced to make ends meet by auctioning off the contents. According to a recent survey by the charity Shelter, one in nine British households have had to sell possessions this year to make ends meet.He also quoted the words of Harold Macmillan on Mrs Thatcher's privatisation programme of the 1980s:
"First of all, the Georgian silver goes. And then all that nice furniture that used to be in the salon. Then the Canalettos…”