Under the hammer:
An interesting (though flawed; it doesn’t mention eBay) analysis of why the middle-market British antiques trade is going through hard times, while car-booters, eBay-ers, and high-class niche dealers thrive:- few US tourists with fat wallets and no sense of taste, high shop rents, fewer British buyers with house-room for naff/tasteless 19th century items; small collectables & post-1945 ‘nostaglia’ antiques have moved to online auctions. And house clearances no longer provide good quality “buy cheap, sell high” stock. As with unmodernised terraced houses, traditional antiques than can be bought cheap ‘out of the attic’ are a finite market; when they’re all gone, they’re gone.