Smart way to get young people grooving on old objects: Move them to decorate with antiques

Lori Oberlin, promoter of Michigan Antiques & Collectibles Festival in Midland, Mich., has a new approach to get a group of college students interested in antiques and collectibles.

At the June 4 season debut of her sprawling, 80-acre show, Oberlin donated a large building so Central Michigan University students could participate in an interior design competition. Students earned a chance to compete for a $2,500 scholarship.

From the Midland Daily News:

“The students made up four teams and were charged with finding
treasures at the Michigan Antique & Collectibles Festival to
incorporate with other modern or traditional pieces to decorate a
living room, a dining room, a bedroom and a family room.”

You can read the full story here.

Oberlin is known for bringing new and innovative ideas to her events but this one is one of our favorites. It’s a smart, practical way to introduce the appreciation of precious objects in a way that will help our hobby for years to come.

To see what others are doing to grow the social aspect of collecting, read about the push some glass collectors are making to bring several collecting clubs under one roof: Collectors hope Mega Glass Convention will breathe life into fading club rosters


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