I have noticed recently a selection of second hand furniture shops opening in the nearest town to me. For some years there had been a really sad lifeless look about the place, with shops staying empty for ages. Then a year or so ago a young chap started selling all kinds of second hand furniture and household goods. When this starting taking off and really making some money, he opened another shop where he sold better quality older pieces that he managed to obtain at country house sales and the like. He has done a lot of research and is also able to handle the antique pieces appropriately. They aren't over repaired or stripped down and rebuilt. This is what folk appreciate about the one or two really good online sources for anitque furniture and effects - making sure these much loved pieces stay in UK for generations here to love and enjoy.