A real Willy Wonka who ran the “best candy shop in the world” sells his entire collection of 1940s-style candies.
Englishman Dave Walker, 50, spent his life scouring flea markets and antique shops before opening the Edward & Vintage confectionery.
The time warp store had an original Victorian-style counter, bakelite measuring scales, cabinets from English chocolate giants Cadbury’s, a 100-year-old cash register, jars of sweets, balls, packets of sugar 1940s, old bicycles, enamel plates, and a 1920s Bournville chocolate bar.
The candy store attracted thousands of visitors after it opened in the picturesque village of Tissington in central England, UK, in 2012 and was quickly dubbed the “best candy store in the world”.
The store has featured in a number of UK TV shows including Country getaway, Country profile, The great challenge of interior design as well as on the German channel Ard TV.
Despite the success of the nostalgic candy store, Walker closes and sells 100 precious items as he prepares to move to a new business in Scotland.
The Gedling businessman said: “I part with items that I started collecting at flea markets when I was about ten years old.
“I can’t take them on my next adventure, which some people probably think is crazy anyway. I hope people buy them who have enjoyed visiting the shop over the years.
“Wish they had a souvenir from Edward & Vintage. Or maybe someone somewhere is looking to open a candy store.”
The store will close on September 25 and once again become part of the Tissington Estate: a property owned by the FitzHerbert family since 1465.
Dave will move to the small, isolated island of Sanday in the Scottish archipelago of Orkney, where he will convert eight abandoned farmhouses into his dream home, as well as holiday homes.
He said: “I had never owned a property before. Thanks to the success of the shop, I have something of my own. It was originally a 15-year plan, but I have turned 50 this year.
“It may be a midlife crisis, but I decided to move on while I have the energy and time left to do something special.
“When I announced the closure of Edward & Vintage on Facebook, there was an outpouring of grief. I love my customers. Thanks to them, I’ve had an amazing time. They’re a brilliant group of loyal people.
“I’ve seen some of them grow into parents and kids grow into wonderful adults.”
Content from Edward & Vintage will go under the hammer at Hansons Auctioneers on October 8th.
Produced in association with SWNS.