Positive signs ahead for city’s retro quarter

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Attempts to highlight Sheffield Antiques Quarter are stepping up a gear.

Organisers are to appeal for financial help through ‘crowdfunding’ to raise the profile of the Abbeydale/London/Broadfield Road/Queens/Chesterfield area as a place to shop for retro, vintage, arts and antique items.

Already there are 35 traders in the quarter - 12 setting up over the last year.

Now the organising group wants to erect banners on lamp posts and buildings, to install information points to help people find their way round and to decorate buildings with mosaics, lettering and murals to reinforce the themes of the quarter.

It is hoped to use the skills of artists from The Corner Gallery. One idea involves local artist Saskia Palmer painting a giant retro phone on the gable end of a building.

Just under £20,000 is envisaged through ‘crowdfunding’ which sees many small amounts of money coming from a large number of people, typically via the internet. The initiative will be launched on Sunday.

Hendrika Stephens, who chairs the group, said: “We have done much to get the quarter off the ground and what we need now is the glue to hold it all together. These simple measures will make a huge impact and guarantee to fix the quarter for us to continue to build on.”

A Christmas vintage market is being held in Abbeydale Picture House car park on December 8 from 11am to 5pm.