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Friday, 24 June 2011

Where we are today...

This weeks blog is about thinking about the people who got you where you are today

We've had a week of quiet reflection here at Graham Smith Antiques, after learning of the passing of an old friend and business associate, Owen Humble of Owen Humble Antiques.

When Graham Smith was a young chap of only 18 years old, he was offered a job driving for Mr Owen Humble, a prolific antiques dealer from Newcastle upon Tyne who already had an established and thriving antiques business in 1975 when Graham began working with him.

This fortunately chanced upon driving job was the beginning of a life long love of antiques and a career for which Graham will always attribute to having learnt from Owen. The job of driving Owen around the country on buying trips meant Graham started to learn how to buy, what to buy, the terminology and the ettiquette from a young age. The Owen Humble Antiques business was a global enterprise,established in 1959, with customers from Scotland to Chicago and everywhere inbetween. Graham worked his way up from 'humble' (excuse the pun) driver to business partner in his almost 30 years there.

His son Michael still has an antiques shop only 5 doors down from the original showroom, with his Dad's name above the door. We have reflected on the life of Owen Humble this week but in doing so, have realised the importance of not forgetting those who got you where you are today.

 As a wiseman once said, "Success is a journey, not a destination" 

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