There is no greater accolade than being asked to stay around longer, but this is the request Antiques Young Gun members universally got when they recently staged the highly successful pop-up shop at Church Street in Marylebone, London. The event was run in association with the world renowned Alfies Antiques Market to help mark their 40 anniversary celebrations and a disused shop was kindly loaned by Westminster council for the group of budding young dealers to showcase their wares.
Nine dealers from across the South East and South West of England took up the challenge bringing with them over £110,000 worth of enticing stock and as each also brought along their unique taste and expertise, visitors to the shop were treated to a truly eclectic feast of memorable antiques and furnishings. Amongst the many offerings were a stuffed Zebra head, rare Andy Warhol poster, amazing suit of Japanese Samurai Armour and plenty of sumptuous armchairs to sit in while people pondered which item to buy next. As you can expect sales were brisk and regular.
The pop-up was run and manned entirely by the 9 dealers as a truly collaborative event. While it had only been planned to remain open for 5 days, universal support and requests from the public, local traders and even Westminster council meant the shop remained open for a full two weeks in the end. Antiques Young Guns would like to thank everyone out there who helped make this event such a memorable and successful experience.
AYG Founder Mark Hill summed up the event:
“Presenting the future of the antiques business in a professional - and visually appealing and mentally stimulating - manner, the AYG Pop-Up Shop on Church Street was a resounding success, as the many sales clearly demonstrate. The entire package from the varied antiques themselves, to the 21st century way they were displayed and marketed, to the knowledge and expertise cheerfully and freely passed on by these young dealers to buyers and browsers alike, has put many traditional antiques fairs and dealers to shame. This experience shows that these dealers really are the future of the industry. Bravo!"
As the young dealers sat packing up their remaining items on the very last day some local people stopped by to ask where they were planning to hold their next pop-up shop in the future? All we can say is ... watch this space!