Katy hopes TV spot will inspire support

PUBLISHED: 12:30 25 January 2016 | UPDATED: 12:49 25 January 2016

Katy Gooding outside her shop in Budleigh. Ref exb 7383-22-15TI. Picture: Terry Ife

Katy Gooding outside her shop in Budleigh. Ref exb 7383-22-15TI. Picture: Terry Ife


A Budleigh Salterton trader is hoping national recognition and an appearance on television will inspire people to support independent shops in the town.

‘What Katy Did’, in High Street, was recently picked as one of the top 50 antique shops in the country in a poll held by magazine Home and Antiques.

In the magazine, due to come out next month, owner Katy Gooding, 41, said the store is ‘more vintage experience than shop’.

She said: “Who doesn’t love to bring a ray of vintage into your home with some fabulous retro styling?

“Here you’ll find it all, from a 1970s fondue set to a pair of 1950s curtains. There’s always a good dollop of mid-century furniture.”

She has also been asked to appear on the Channel 4 television programme Four Rooms.

Contestants on the quirky antiques show have the chance to sell antique items to successful dealers.

Katy, who has been running her shop for four years, will have the chance to take an offer that one of the dealers gives her, or gamble it to see what one of the other four judges has to offer. Filming starts next month at Pinewood Studios, in Buckinghamshire.

Katy is hoping her television appearance will inspire people to support the town’s independent shops.

She said: “I have got a couple of options of stock that they are pretty excited about. It came completely out of the blue – it’s pretty exciting stuff.

“I love the show - it’s interesting to see other people try to get stuff sold to these successful dealers.

“Everyone’s an expert in vintage nowadays but some people don’t realise the work that goes into researching and finding the pieces.

“I’ve heard it takes four years for small businesses to get known, so hopefully this will be the year for me.

“We need to get local people to support the shops.

“Online sale is keeping me going and the town could be great if we had more support – it’s such a unique town.

“I’m hoping it will bring more people into the town – we’re very lucky to have all these independent shops.”

Katy’s episode of Four Rooms is due to air later this year.

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