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The History of Collecting the World

Collecting the World is an antiques and collectables business based in Aberdeenshire. 

Formed 8 years ago when chartered accountant Brian Cheyne took early retirement, Collecting the World began trading in antiques and collectables at Haddo House, a National Trust property in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. Since then, the business has expanded to include several stockists, prop hire and a large retail shop in Newmachar and now this latest development the online antiques and collectables shop.

The name Collecting the World was derived from Brian's lifelong interest in collecting, researching and at times restoring a very wide range of vintage items. The stock is diverse, interesting and at times unexpected.

Brian Cheyne of Collecting the World Antiques shop

Brian Cheyne from Collecting the World in the Newmachar shop

What We Do

From antique jewellery and glassware to ceramics and silverware, Collecting the World specialises in finding interesting items. You'll also find collectables like militaria, kitchenalia, books and postcards as well as antique tools & instruments, wooden ware, paintings and lots more.

We also offer a finders service to help you track down that elusive collectable, and a props service to supply props for all kinds of events, shows, gatherings and productions.

As well as our online shop and retail shop in Newmachar, we also provide antiques and collectables for a number of stockists throughout Aberdeenshire and the North East. Check out our Stockists page to find out more.

We buy items for resale

To meet ongoing demand and to keep our stock of antiques and collectables fresh and interesting we are always interested in purchasing selected items for resale. We travel all over Scotland to secure suitable stock and principally buy vintage items that are unusual, quirky and of good quality and design. Items requiring repair or refurbishment are also of interest. Items purchased include advertising signs, posters, furniture, jewellery, coins, militaria and Scottish ceramics. Get in touch via our contact page.

Collecting the World at Portsoy Boat Festival

Collecting the World at the Portsoy Boat Festival

Collecting the World at Antiques Roadshow

Brian Cheyne talking to expert Hilary Kay at the Balmoral Antiques Roadshow August 2015.

More about Collecting the World

With a very wide range of interesting and unique antiques, collectables and vintage items, Collecting the World has something for everyone. Whether you're an antiques collector, someone looking for an unusual vintage gift, or just a fan of all things collectable, we have lots of unexpected items which will take your fancy.

Collecting the World has previously appeared on popular BBC series Antiques Road Trip, showcasing our diverse range of antiques and collectables on TV. 

Brian Cheyne of Collecting the World with BBC Antiques Road Trip's Christian Trevanion

Brian Cheyne with BBC Antiques Road Trip's expert Christina Trevanion