A unique shopping experience at Sgt Bilko’s Vintage Emporium
Photos by Rob Tysall, Tysall’s Photography
If you’re bored with High Street shopping Ann Evans tells us about a great little shop packed with great collector’s items.
If you’re shopping for something unique, then Steve Everett’s Sgt Bilko Vintage Emporium in Coventry is the perfect place to find something different. It’s a collector’s paradise coupled with the only Phil Silvers museum in the world – endorsed by the Phil Silvers family. So, a shopping experience with benefits!
While the Phil Silvers’ Archival Museum is dedicated to this actor and all-round entertainer (see last Monday’s article), the Vintage Emporium has a wealth of gifts and collector’s items for anyone interested in TV, film and comics and entertainment.
The location is also unique. Situated in Fargo Village, a complex of independent shops, studios and handicraft workshops, with a central indoor precinct where there’s regular markets and craft fairs.
The buildings at Fargo village tend to be wooden, or ‘crates’, and the atmosphere is not unlike a Wild West town back in the day. But here there are artisans of chocolate and sweets, a micro-brewery, cake makers, a Big Comfy Bookshop, and all kinds of fascinating places to shop and discover. There are places to eat and drink, you can sit outside or inside and simply enjoy the peaceful and relaxing atmosphere.
But back to Sgt Bilko’s Vintage Emporium. Steve Everett began his shop in 2015 in one of the crates at this newly formed site that had been specially created for entrepreneurs to start up small businesses. In September of that same year, with European funding Steve was able to move into a larger unit where he and business partner Mick Clews also set up The Phil Silvers Archival Museum. That has gone from strength to strength, with the full support of Phil Silvers’ family.
“Phil Silvers loved England and the English, he was very much an Anglophile,” added Steve, who keeps in touch with Phil’s daughters, who have all donated personal items belonging to their father to the museum.
Being an avid collector of film and TV memorabilia, books, comics, posters etc for more than 35 years, Steve stocks his shop with the fantastic and the unusual – a real treasure trove whether you’re into the Hammer House of Horrors, Batman, Superman, The Avengers or Top Cat, there will be something for you.
Steve added, “We try to appeal to all tastes and sell a wide and varied range of collector’s items. People can come here and buy stuff that you can’t get anywhere else – posters and signed pictures in hand-crafted frames, Marvel pictures, autographed photos. We have a lot of ‘new old stock’ – original stock that has been stored away for many years and never been out of their boxes.”
So, next time you’re in Coventry, seek out Fargo Village and enjoy a most unique shopping experience.
Sgt Bilko Vintage Emporium, Fargo Village, Coventry: www.sgtbilkosvintageemporium.com
British Phil Silvers Appreciation Society: www.philsilvers.co.uk