Antiques Young Guns to Join us at the Decorative Home & Salvage Show at Ripley Castle

May 9th 2017

Excitement is mounting for our first Decorative Home & Salvage Show of the season at Ripley Castle later this week, and we can say with great confidence that we have the most incredible line-up of exhibitors, caterers and new attractions to make this an unmissable event. And, to top it all off we have an exciting last-minute edition.

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We will be hosting a group stand exclusively for the Antiques Young Guns, an international organisation founded to support the development of young people in the antiques trade, who will be showing an irresistible array of decorative and collectable antiques, interior pieces and artefacts. In attendance will be AYG Committee Chairman Edd Thomas, trading as Eddintheclouds Antiques, young gun new-recruit Lily Johnson of Bombe Interiors, and newcomer to the antiques scene Matt Dobson of MD Antiques who will be making his debut trading-out appearance at the show. In addition to this we will have Young Guns Chloe Rymer of Molly & Mauds Place and Matt Dixon of Tallboy Interiors who have, through attending the last two seasons of events, become firm favourties at the Decorative Home & Salvage Shows.

“Antiques Young Guns are thrilled to be working with Arthur Swallow Fairs to be able to offer our young and dynamic members a chance to take part in their prestigious Decorative Home and Salvage Shows. Such opportunities for young people trying to make their way in the antiques trade today can give a massive boost to their professional development. All the AYG members taking part in the upcoming May fair are hard at work sourcing and preparing their stock in anticipation of an amazing show!” said Edd Thomas.

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Edd Thomas has had a lifelong passion for the antiques trade and lives and breathes antiques. As AYG Committee Chairman, owner of Eddintheclouds Antiques, based in Wiltshire, columnist for Antique Collecting Magazine, and new kid on the block at Reclaim Magazine (who will also have a stand at the show) writing a thrilling monthly column, it is safe to say he is kept on his toes. With a particular interest in the back story of everyday objects you’ll find him selling antiques between 1850 and 1950, with a focus on influential designers and makers.

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MD Antiques is Based in County Durham and is run by Matt Dobson, a relative newcomer to the world of Antique dealing. Matt has been passionate about antiques all his life and has an innate love of history and story-telling. You’ll find Matt selling anything he finds personally interesting; militaria, Viking, medieval and Roman artefacts, walking canes, old cameras and Victoriana particularly grab his interest. Matt’s plan this year was to do at least one fair, so we are delighted that he’s chosen the Decorative Home & Salvage Show to make his grand entrance on to the scene.

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Lily Johnson, one half of Bombe Interiors, is a mere 20 years old, making her one of the youngest AYG members. An archeology undergraduate at the University of Manchester, Lily splits her time between studies, being a new mum and running the business, based in Kent, with her mum Jack Johnson. This dynamic mother and daughter team love the soft tones and serene beauty of the Continental country look. With an eye for interesting forms and sumptuous patina, the pair travel across Europe to bring back their amazing finds.

Antiques Young Guns have been blazing a trail for several years now and support young people in the trade, from antiques dealers to auctioneers. "Brilliant old things from bright young things" is how they describe their members. This statement struck a chord with us as our very own hands-on owners, brothers Richard and Marc Burgoin, started their career in the trade as young lads carrying boxes for the exhibitors attending the fairs which their antique dealer father Peter Burgoin started running back in 1995. “We are genuinely pleased to be able to support the Antiques Young Guns dealers as they venture forth into new territory, as well as AYG members Chloe Rymer (pictured below) of Molly & Mauds Place and Matt Dixon (pictured below) of Tallboy Interiors who are now well-established at our events. We wish them all a very successful summer” said Richard.


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The Decorative Home & Salvage Show at Ripley Castle, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG3 3AY. May 12th - 14th.

Friday 12-5pm

Saturday & Sunday 10am - 5pm

All show details can be found here.

Please note: Full exhibitor list to be publicised in the next couple of days.

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