Shake off the old image of antiques

Many think the antiques world is dry, dusty and staid and certainly not a place for career driven, intelligent and entrepreneurial young people.

Not so! In fact, there are many more than you’d think – and as well as being the future of the trade, they’re thriving!

Robyn Alston, 40 is an antiques trader from Stewkley Road in Wing, who manages Off The Wall Antiques situated at Pages Industrial Park in Leighton Buzzard.

Robyn is currently in the final stages of a new competition called Antiques Young Guns that aims to promote the trade to the next generations.

She said: “ The competition is a a fantastic opportunity to gain publicity for our businesses, network with other dealers and share knowledge.”

Robyn believes that it is very important to keep the trade alive despite popular demand for modern, cheap furniture.

“Antique shops offer all kinds of unique items for a range of price. The hard work of generations past deserves to be celebrated rather than forgotten.”

Antiques Young Guns has gained a lot of interest since its launch in 2013 due to the involvement of several senior members of the trade.

The competition will be judged by a number of well-known antique personalities including TV presenter, Judith Miller and journalist, Anna Brady.

This year’s final will take place on July 4 at Alfies Antiques, Marylebone, London.

Eight lucky winners will also have the chance to set up shop at Lorfords Antiques in Gloucestershire.

Over a period of three months each dealer will have the opportunity to display and sell their items to the public alongside some of Europe’s most eminent decorative dealers.

Robyn is passionate about her business and hopes to see it thrive in the future. She added: “I aim to encourage and support young people entering the trade, as it is the only way to keep it going.”