Sec­ond store is a real col­lec­tor's item for shop­pers

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - BUSINESS -

Col­lec­tor Dale Tames has been trad­ing in Che­sham for 37 years.

He ran a mar­ket stall in Che­sham, Amer­sham and Tring for 20 years sell­ing items such as pa­per­back books, videos and records be­fore he de­cided to open his own shop, called Col­lec­tor's Par­adise, in High Street in 1998.

As well as hav­ing the shop, Mr Tames car­ried on run­ning his mar­ket stalls un­til 1990 when he de­cided to fo­cus all his at­ten­tion on his shop, which is still go­ing strong to­day.

He said: “I've sur­vived three re­ces­sions since I opened the shop all thanks to my cus­tomers. I've never ever thought about giv­ing up the busi­ness, I love it. I've been sell­ing records for 30 years now and I've never looked back, they are still sell­ing well.

“I've seen so many shops come and go in my time here but I'm still here and still stand­ing strong.”

Mr Tames' suc­cess has seen him re­cently open a sec­ond busi­ness next door, still called Col­lec­tor's Par­adise, in the for­mer home of Ax­ion Comics. The new shop sells items such as jew­ellery, China, an­tiques, foot­ball pro­grammes and an­tiques while the orig­i­nal shop sells toys, DVDs, records and more.

Mr Tames said: “There's not many peo­ple who get to keep one shop, let alone get a sec­ond one! Ever since run­ning my mar­ket stall I al­ways said I wanted to pay back the peo­ple of Che­sham and Amer­sham for sup­port­ing me, and this is my re­sponse to the help they've given me over the years. I wouldn't be here to­day with­out my cus­tomers.

“I'm look­ing for­ward to see­ing how the new shop goes, es­pe­cially over Christ­mas time. It's a big step for me to take, but if you don't go for it you won't find out.”

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