Lily blooms in the antiques business

Lewes woman Lily Trunfull has certainly made a name for herself in the antiques world.

She is a finalist in the prestigious Antiques Young Gun of the Year awards 2014.

The organisation was set up to encourage and support 18 to 39-year-olds entering the antiques trade, whether in retail, restoration, auctioning or press.

Antiques Young Guns – “brilliant old things from bright young things” – has the support of many established top names in the business, including many of the experts seen on TV.

Lily, 23, works at No 1 Lewes, the Cliffe High Street outlet offering decorative antiques for the home and garden.

She works alongside her parents, Kevin Hillman and Liz Trunfull, who have been in the business for more than 30 years.

Lily admits to being a “complete, hopeless romantic” where antiques are concerned,

She said: “We buy across the board from silver plate to radiators, industrial to decorative, fabric to baths, 18th century to 20th century ... as long as it has use, history and stylish beauty, we’re in!”

When she is not in the shop at Lewes, Lily can be found at “windy, wet, cold, snowy and hot” fairs up and down the country and across Europe, sourcing beautiful and interesting pieces.

The second Antiques Young Gun of the Year award ceremony will take place on July 4 at Alfies Antiques Market in London’s Marylebone.

Eight judges laboured long and hard to select the 17 finalists and described the standard this year as extremely high.