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Linda Stamberger

Linda Stamberger, author of "Antiquing In Florida", is a Florida expert and freelance writer of many genres. Visit this site to read her articles - some of which are available for purchase - as is her book.

Brooks Novelty Antiques and Records

Brooks Novelty is an all-vinyl record store. We specialize in: jukeboxes, vintage soda machines, antique slot machines, pin balls, arcade games, neon clocks and signs, rare concert posters, old advertising signs and much more!

The Antique Company

Established in the late 1900's, we occupy a huge corner building with a small garden area that leads to another 1000 sq foot store (called TAC) that contains our Mid Century collection.

Vintage Westclox

Westclox photo identification gallery and history and information of clocks, watches and other timepieces. This site primarily displays American clocks made by Westclox that were made from the early 1900's up to about the 1960's.

Antique Appraisals On-Line

We are one of the country's largest, oldest, most qualified and respected appraisal services. The majority of our appraisals are estate and personal property evaluations for valuation documentation purposes. However, we have evaluated goods and personal property for natural disaster losses (hurricanes), theft, fire, freight and shipping damage after the loss has occurred.

Connoisseur Antiques

Featuring fine antique furniture, Connoisseur Antiques is a Los Angeles Antique Furniture Showroom specializing in antique clocks and mirrors, European and French antiques, Antique Lighting, Chandeliers, Sconces, Armoires and much more.

Liz's Antique Hardware

Antique Hardware is the backbone of our business. We offer a complete selection of door, window and furniture hardware, lighting and accessories circa 1890 to 1970.

San Francisco Antique and Design Mall

San Francisco Antique and Design Mall is the largest antique mall in northern California. We opened our doors in October 1997 with 75 dealers and today we have over 200 of San Francisco's most professional antique specialists.

Ambiance Antiques

Importer of 18th and 19th Century French Antiques

C'est La Vie Antiques

European Antique and Accessories in San Diego, CA.

Lang Antiques

We carry a large selection of fine antique jewelry, antique rings & antique engagement rings. We also have vintage estate jewelry, vintage estate rings & vintage estate engagement rings from the Victorian, Art Nouveau, Edwardian & Art Deco style periods.

Once in a Blue Moon Online Thrift Store

We are an online thrift store featuring new, used, and unusual items.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Desert Rat and furniture store founder dies at age of 95 - Bristol Evening Post

Desert Rat and furniture store founder dies at age of 95 - Bristol Evening Post

THE founder of Park Furnishers has passed away, aged 95.

Well-known Len Coller set up the Bedminster-based business in 1967 after a distinguished career as a Tank Commander in the 7th Armoured Division, known as The Desert Rats.

  1. Len Coller

After bravely serving his country, he spent eight years in the newly formed NHS as chief administrator.

In the late 50s, Len set himself up as a mobile greengrocer, but during the early 60s, while enjoying a family holiday in Portugal he stumbled across a little shop which had a dining set in it that he thought would be a perfect addition to their kitchen back home.

At the end of the holiday, Len returned to the shop and after some fierce negotiation agreed a discounted price.

Back home, Len received many compliments on the dining set from friends and neighbours. Some even joked that if he ever went back to the shop, could he bring one back for them. The following year the family did return to Portugal, but this time in a lorry.

With a new string to the business' bow, sales of furniture soon overtook those of fruit and vegetables and Sandy Park Road Furnishers, as it was then known, came into existence in 1967.

Len handed the grocery round to his uncle Fred, while he sold the furniture during the day and delivered it during the evening.

It was not long before he had established a very successful business.

During the 1970s, with the help of one of his sons, Deryn, the business expanded and branched out, with other stores opening across the city.

In 1977, the business moved to Willway Street, Bedminster, where it remains today.

In August 1979, Combined English Stores made the family an offer they could not refuse and the Collers sold the business. But two years later, as Park Furnishers was on the verge of folding, CES sold the business back to them for just £1.

The next few years were tough, but through good management and a willing, faithful work force, the damage was repaired.

In 1994, after a period of semi-retirement, Len retired from the business, handing it over to Deryn.

His grandchildren Tim and James now run the firm.

Len was proud of Park Furnishers' support of sport in the city over the years, including sponsorship of Bristol Rugby and the Park Furnishers hot air balloons that can often be seen flying over the city.

An Army Sergeant, he was a veteran of the infamous battle of El Alamein in Egypt, in 1942, and was awarded the Military Medal.

As well as his business and military exploits, Len also featured in the Post in 2006 when he celebrated his 90th birthday, pictured above.

His family organised a massive surprise for him – a Sherman tank.

In a Second World War-themed party, guests all wore costumes and actors were hired to play the roles of Montgomery and Winston Churchill.

Len, a great-grandfather, passed away on May 29.

He was married to Violet and leaves sons Deryn, Gerald and Simon, by whom he will be very sorely missed.


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