Clare R Smith, MA Antiques

Having spent 20 years working as a lawyer in London and in the North East of England, I decided to change direction and develop my passion for antiques and collectables into a business and way of life that I'm still enjoying today.  Vintage by the Sea began life online and recently I have given my business a physical home within Saltburn Vintage Rooms on Diamond Street in Saltburn-by-the-Sea. Prior to this I completed my Master of Arts in Antiques from the University of Central Lancashire in the UK, and received a distinction for my dissertation on the 'forgotten women silversmiths of the 18th Century'.  My interest in antiques and collectables was influenced by my late Great Grandfather and late Great Uncle, who each enjoyed their specialisms in antique jewellery and furniture respectively. Like them, I am committed to offering value as well as quality to customers both new and old.  I believe that good 'old fashioned' personal customer service does not have to disappear in the modern age - whether that's selling in person or online. You can read some of the feedback I've received from customers on the testimonials page.  I hope you enjoy browsing the collections of antique, vintage and reproduction items online, or alternatively, if you'd like to visit my shop in Saltburn-by-the-Sea, opening times are on the Contact page.

If you have any questions or comments about the site or items listed, or you have an item you would like me to source for you, please get in touch - I look forward to hearing from you.

Best wishes,


Clare Smith MA Antiques