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U.S. Antique Shows has formed a strategic alliance with Antiques Young Guns U.K. to bring the incredibly successful program to the United States. The new program, Antiques Young Guns U.S.A., will promote growth, education and exposure to those in the trade, 39 years old or younger, to a national audience of antiques enthusiasts.

Antiques Young Guns U.K. was founded by noted antique experts Gail McLeod of Antiques News & Fairs, George Johnson of Lady Kentmores, and TV presenter and author Mark Hill in 2011 to foster a new, younger audience’s interest in antiques. It has garnered much success in Europe and, to date, the program has attracted hundreds of young professionals. In March 2015, U.S. Antique Shows worked collaboratively with the U.K. group to bring the incredibly successful program stateside. Antiques Young Guns U.S.A. was born to follow the same principles as its U.K. counterpart, promoting growth, education and exposure to those in the antiques, art and design trade, 39 years old or younger.

Among the great aspects of the Antiques Young Guns program is its member benefits. This includes an online profile and merchandise gallery on the program’s website, several buying, selling and networking events throughout the year, free appraisal services, access to discounted educational courses, complimentary admission to antique shows across the country, recognition in numerous trade and national publications and much more. The program also gives members the opportunity to connect with nearly 3,000 dealers around the world and to collaborate with 13 industry partners.

In addition, each member can enter to be named the Antiques Young Gun of the Year, which includes a prize package with an estimated value of $10,000. This award is given annually to a U.S. or Canadian member working in the antiques, art or design trade that stands above the rest in the categories of career development, vision for the antiques industry, social media activity and key contributions.The winner’s prizes, with significant contributions from the Antiques Young Guns’ industry partners, vary from complimentary booth space at U.S. Antique Shows events to free educational opportunities to advance trade knowledge.

Be part of starting something new today! To become a member of this growing program is fast and easy, visit www.AntiquesYoungGunsUSA.com and click on Join Young Guns to complete the form. We look forward to working with you. If you have any further questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at ayg@usantiqueshows.com.