The owner of Ridges Antiques
has been actively involved in this industry since opening her first antique shop in 1993, but her interest in and passion for collectable items of yesteryear began
long before this. When she was a little girl, one of her favourite pastimes was playing in her Ouma’s attic in the Western Cape town of Piketberg.
Here, she spent hours exploring, discovering and inventing games with all the old things she encountered under the eaves,
never realising that she’d also found one of her life’s passions, one which would continue throughout her life into adulthood, until the present day.
When this lady set up her first home, finances were rather tight, so she scoured second hand furniture shops in search
of old, affordable bargain pieces with potential. She restored this furniture herself, finding that she was good at it and moreover, she enjoyed the challenge.
Ten years were spent travelling abroad extensively, giving her tremendous, diverse exposure to overseas antiques markets
and the opportunity to collect items which could be brought back to South Africa in her luggage. Portugal and Switzerland were outstanding countries in which to find
interesting, rare pieces.
This lady’s first meaningful contact with silverware occurred in London’s Portobello Road, which remained a
favourite place in which to find incredible hallmarked silver. The Silver Vaults in London were another much-loved destination.
She remains the driving force behind Ridges’ success, ascribing this to her team’s expertise and dedication,
a thorough knowledge of clients and their preferences, trends and antiques, Africana, cottage furniture and collectables, timbers and the restoration process,
all gained through years of research and experience.