New antiques and vintage emporium coming soon to KelhamPosted by: Ashley Birch
Kelham Flea will open with 40 different traders in a former engineering works, on Neepsend Lane
Over the last few years, the ever expanding boundaries of Kelham Island has seen more and more venues pop up, offering visitors to the ‘Island’ all kinds of different food and drink options. What the Sheffield suburb doesn’t currently have in such huge supply though, is retail opportunities.
However, all that is about to change as the area welcomes Kelham Flea, Sheffield’s newest antiques and vintage emporium in the former home of Pla Automation Engineering Works, on Neepsend Lane.
Just a stone’s throw from Cutlery Work and the Gardeners Rest, the beautiful Victorian building is set to house around 40 permanent traders, with an eclectic mix of stalls specialising in everything from vinyl and taxidermy to Sheffield-centric artwork, Edwardian furniture and mid-century modern pieces, to name just a few of the pre-loved treasures and bespoke goods on offer.
Kelham Flea’s owner Tim, who has done most of the work himself, getting rid of hundreds of years’ worth of industrial grease in the process, describes his new venture as ‘a Cutlery Works for second hand items’, and the centre is a project the antiques enthusiast has been keen to take on for some time.
He told VIBE: “I’ve always wanted to do something like this, it’s just been about plucking up the courage to do it.”
“When I was doing my A-Levels I worked at an antiques centre Saturdays and Sundays. Then when I left school I joined an auction house and I worked there for five years.
“You could say it’s in my blood. My mum has always been interested in antiques, and she has a unit at the emporium. My girlfriend’s dad does house clearances and I actually met my girlfriend at the auction house, so it’s firmly in the family. I got my first bike out of a skip, I’m a born and bred skip diver!”
The traders featured in the centre are all from Yorkshire and include some favourites from right here in Sheffield, such as vintage fashion retailer Miss Samantha's Vintage and architectural salvage and antiques speciaists 7 Hills Reclamation.
For more info and to keep a track on the centre’s progress, head over to Kelham Flea’s Insta page here.