AYG of the Year 2015

Dear Diva Readers,

top: 5px; float: left; color: white; background: #781300; border: 1px solid darkkhaki; font-size: 60px; line-height: 50px; padding-top: 1px; padding-right: 5px; font-family: times;”>As the world becomes a smaller and smaller place, the importance of international business becomes greater and greater. This month as we are Going Global I’ve been on 3 continents! At The Antiques Diva & Co, one of our favorite things to do is introduce international clients, be they tourists, antique dealers, or interior designer, to our European sources. Often times, these become long lasting relationships, both personally and professionally. And speaking of international business and the future, Antiques Young Guns USA launched earlier this year after forming a strategic alliance with Antiques Young Guns UK. What a great way for young professionals in the antiques trade on both sids of the pond to connect!

AYG of the Year 2015 Brand

Antiques Young Guns USA promotes growth, education and exposure to those in the trade, 39 years old or younger, to a national audience of antiques enthusiasts. The program offers many member benefits, including online exposure through the Antiques Young Guns marketplace, several buying and selling events throughout the year, recognition in numerous trade and national publications, and much more.

I’m pleased to share that the 2015 Antiques Young Gun USA of the Year is Margaret Schwartz, owner of The Summer House. She is the first AYG USA winner of this award, and also happens to be a client of The Antiques Diva & Co! The award recognized Schwartz for her stellar contributions working as a young professional in the antiques industry.

AYG of the Year 2015 Schwartz, Margaret

Schwartz began her career working at Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, which played a key role in inspiring and developing her passion for the home décor business. After four years, she left to open her own shop, The Summer House. Schwartz applies her signature styles and passion for home design to hand pick today’s best finds: upholstered furniture, fashionable jewelry, eye-catching lighting, exquisite rugs, fine art, and more.

Schwartz received a prize package valued at $10,000. The 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.

Antiques Young Guns U.S.A. currently has more than 20 members and ten industry partners since the program’s launch this past March. In the last nine months, Antiques Young Guns has published their own website and merchandise gallery for members, set up multiple social media platforms, organized their first networking event, and provided multiple opportunities for its members’ onsite at U.S. Antique Shows’ nationally recognized events. To say the least, they have been busy creating and maintaining platforms for the next generation of antique professionals. And that’s music to my ears! To see young antiques dealers like Margaret Schwartz recognized for their vision, innovative ideas, and hard work means that the antiques industry has a promising future.

As we go into the new year, let’s all celebrate the fact that antiques are not only still relevant, they are a key factor in the decorative industry! I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, “Long live antiques!”

Cheers and congratulations Margaret!

The Antiques Diva®

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Author: Toma Clark Haines

Toma Clark Haines is a Global Tastemaker, Speaker, Writer & Entrepreneur; and founder and CEO The Antiques Diva® & Co, Europe, Asia and America's largest Antiques Sourcing & Touring Company.