BUSINESS has never been better at the furniture and antique sale rooms operated by local estate agent Bury & Hilton.
A move to larger modern premises at Leekbrook, just outside Leek, has proved the catalyst for major expansion in the business, with sale dates doubling and the number of lots offered for sale reaching record levels.
Sales of furniture and household effects are now held twice a month with between 1,000 and 1,200 lots going under the hammer on each occasion.
Bi-monthly sales of antiques and collectables are a magnet for dealers and collectors and the firm also holds specialist sales during the year.
Bury & Hilton owner Charles Ball said: "Interest in our sale rooms has never been greater, both from the point of view of attendance and the quantity of goods.
"More and more people realise the value they can gain from either selling or buying goods through auction.
"Plus there's huge enthusiasm for re-using and restoring vintage and secondhand items."
He added: "We moved to a much larger facility at Leekbrook Way, Leekbrook, last summer to allow for expansion and we now find we can fill the space week in, week out.
"We have customers coming from an ever wider area of North Staffordshire and into Cheshire and Derbyshire."
The busy sale room team also supports the firm's house clearance service which takes care of the complete removal and sale of household items.
Bury & Hilton's sales of furniture and household effects take place on the first and third Thursday of every month. For more details visit www.buryandhilton.co.uk or call 01538 383344.