The future of the American antiques industry was unveiled earlier this year when U.S. Antique Shows announced the launch of Antiques Young Guns U.S.A. Originally started in the U.K., the new program will promote growth, education and exposure to those in the trade, 39-years-old or younger, to a national audience of antiques enthusiasts.
“Our industry is uniquely focused on the past and the experiences of those who came before us,” says Dan Darby, U.S. Antique Shows general manager. “Research indicates the average age of our show’s buyers is now 55. The need for Antiques Young Guns has never been greater.”
Antiques Young Guns U.K. was founded in 2011 to foster a new, younger audience’s interest in antiques. The benefits to members are many - mentorship programs, online exposure through the Antiques Young Guns marketplace, buying and selling events, plus additional recognition in numerous trade and national publications. Members also have the opportunity to become Antiques Young Gun of the Year, which includes a prize package worth nearly $10,000.
The response so far looks promising, with the first official member, Geoffrey Walsky, signed at the launch. “I was looking for ways to connect with young dealers in the antiques industry," said Walsky, owner of the Fairfield County Antique & Design Center for just over a year. “Antiques Young Guns U.S.A. is the perfect opportunity for me to network with young business enthusiasts, and to obtain fresh and new ideas to grow the center.”