In Lancashire and across the UK, a growing number of young entrepreneurs are breathing new life into the business of buying and selling antiques like Victorian oak pedestal desks – a fact that is to be recognised with a new award during National Antiques Week.
National Antiques Week, which takes place from 20th – 28th April 2013, is a celebration of everything old and collectible. Whether it’s a piece of Art Deco jewellery or an early Victorian balloon back dining chair , Cumbrian and Lancastrian people of all ages are appreciating the beauty and value of antiques, aided by a new generation of young, dedicated professionals. Now, at a time when the media seems to be dominated by celebrity TV talent shows, the NAW organisers are giving these rising stars their own chance to shine with the new Young Guns of the Antiques Trade award.
The competition – which is open to traders aged 39 years or younger – highlights the contribution these individuals are making to the future of the antiques industry. Whether they started their career with a BA in Antique and Design Studies at the University of Central Lancashire, or via the family business, those with the most inspiring and heartfelt tales to tell will be rewarded at a glittering ceremony in London. The judges are specifically looking for entrants who encourage younger people to become involved with antiques and collectibles, and who endorse the Antiques Are Green message.
They haven’t forgotten the older age group either. A Lancashire antiques dealer with working knowledge of antique mahogany pedestal desk design will be welcomed with open arms at the Young Guns mentoring workshops.
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