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We've reported on a few shop and centre closures this year, so it's nice to be able to tell you about someone who's opening back up! Michele and Rob Grosser from Squatter's Antiques in South Australia's Murray Bridge re-opened their doors in July after some years out of the business, but it's like they never went away. Their two-storey shop is stuffed with antiques, Australian furniture, retro, vintage and curios, and even if you're not looking for something to buy it's worth a visit just to admire the beautiful restoration job on the building. "It was built at the turn of the century for the purpose of a general store," says Michele. "The original owner, William Richard Phillips, was my great-great-great grandfather, so it's only fitting that a building of this age would become a wonderful antique store." Which means you can browse antiques whilst inside an antique.

You might notice we don't have an Ask the Experts section this issue. We're sorry! Time got away from us and we didn't get the letters out to the experts in time to publish them. We promise we'll have a bumper section for the Summer magazine. Meanwhile, there's a lot to read in this issue. It's funny, because this is our 68th magazine since we started publication in 2004, and you'd think we might be starting to run out of subjects, but no! We had so much editorial content available for this magazine that at least four features have been bumped over to the Summer magazine. Which only goes to show that antiques might be old, but they're still relevant. So relevant, in fact, that they are under discussion by the US President.

Well, not antiques specifically, but certainly antiques are caught up in President Trump's proposed 25% import duty on Chinese goods - and that's being applied to all Chinese works of all periods. According to specialist dealers in the UK and US, the tariff - which will be applied regardless of the port of origin - will be detrimental to cultural exchange and could, according to one spokesman, be a 'potential disaster for the business.' If the tariff goes ahead, works of art that would be subject to the tax include paintings, drawings, pastels, prints and lithographs, sculptures and 'antiques of an age exceeding 100 years.' Rather than hurting business in China, it's thought the tariff is more likely to affect art business and collectors based in the US and Europe. Several high profile auction houses and associations are arguing against the proposal through a formal consultation process... we'll update you as we learn more. Meanwhile... we hope you love this Spring 2018 issue of Antiques and Collectables for Pleasure & Profit!

Julie Carter
Editor, Antiques and Collectables for Pleasure & Profit