Aladdin's cave antiques shop and its treasures go up for sale
- Credit: Everett, Masson & Furby
A collector of bric-a-brac and antiques is selling his Norfolk shop and its treasures as he plans retirement.
Richard Crabtree is retiring and selling his two-storey Major Dunn Revival in Sheringham for £275,000, with all the stock also available to purchase.
And those items - filling the Church Street store to the brim - range from grandfather clocks to a 1970s Chopper bike, a vintage dolls pram and an old policeman's hat.
Major Dunn Revival was named as a tribute to an antiques collector who used to operate in the town.
Major Dunn was a bric-a-brac shop back in the 1940s, which was later taken on by the owner's son Mike Crowe, who ran Crowe's in Sheringham in Station Road from 1976 until he retired in 2009.
Mr Crabtree said: "We used to come to Sheringham on holiday when I was a little boy and my mother, who couldn't go past an antiques shop without going in, used to take me into Major Dunn in the 1940s.
"I can still remember him in his overalls behind the counter. So about six years ago, when I opened up the shop, I named it after him."
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Mr Crabtree, who hails from Derbyshire, and who has published books of poetry, said he sourced items from auctions as well as antiques dealers.
"It's a fascinating job, but it's impossible to single out one item, they are all interesting. I've got lots of militaria and also lots relating to boats, it's a real mixed bag.
"It's like Christmas every day and it's a way of life."
Mr Crabtree, who started out in the motor trade, has been working part-time over the last couple of years before having to close because of Covid.
He now plans to reopen daily because he's got so much stock, and the shop will remain trading until the premises is sold.
Agents Everett, Masson and Furby said: "The name Major Dunn has been synonymous with Sheringham for decades and is recognised as a part of the fabric of the town."
The premises may be suitable for other uses, subject to planning permission, the agents stated.