Crack-shot pebble skimmer, master cake baker, poker ace & recognised expert at making something from nothing*.

(*Only one of which is a lie. Okay, maybe two).

My obsession with objects began at a young age when I started scavenging household supplies to create fantastical worlds to escape inside. Following many, many misadventures, I eventually ended up in London studying Design at Goldsmiths, where I was broken hearted to discover I was too late for the YBAs and too early for the cutting edge. With people designing throwaway one-liners of creations, I chose this point to have an epistemological crisis of faith & stopped making altogether. Instead, after graduating, I ended up trapped like a specimen behind glass as a mannequin mover / window dresser.

I then strayed a little further from the creative path and began selling and sourcing antiques and salvage, whilst developing a wide and constantly updated network of sources and contacts due to my consuming and lifelong passion for treasure hunting.

And then one day, I was given an empty warehouse and was told I could turn it into a shop as a retail outlet for the biggest prop house up North. I painted some walls, put the furniture into places to make interesting juxtapositions of colours and textures that made the objects sing and, hey presto, Stockyard North Salvage was born. From here, it was a hop, skip & a jump to the world of set design and the combining of all my experience, loves and skills together at long last.

Emma Dibb

Production Designer & Lecturer
Salford Film, TV and Stage Design

Toni is one of those people who goes beyond the call of duty to help and offer her fantastic creative mind to any projects you might go to her with.

I was continually impressed on my visits to Stockyard North to witness both her design and talented dressing skills and all round infectious enthusiasm for design, and how generously she would share that with other people.

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Shelly Bowes

Set Decorator/Production Buyer

Toni really is infectious with her enthusiasm. We met whilst she was at Stockyard and she was incredibly helpful – nothing was too much trouble. As a result of the impression she left, I asked her to come and work with me on Ackley Bridge as a petty cash buyer and then following that on Get Even. 

Toni was incredible and found such treasures. I would recommend her to anyone and will be using her again myself in the future.