How many times have you looked at a vintage Coca Cola bottle or a Charles Chips tin and felt somehow transported to a safe and simple place in time, when your biggest worries were as simple as building the ramp and the track for your Matchbox cars? Have you ever looked at an old wooden rolling pin and thought of your grandmother? Ever look at the craftsmanship of a handmade farm table and wondered whatever happened to a person taking pride in their work like that? Have you ever picked up a piece of Roseville pottery and though to yourself, nothing I have purchased brand new even compares to the artisanship of this piece?
When you buy an antique, you're acquiring a story. A legend. A piece of history from a time gone by.
Nowadays with mass-manufactured disposables, landfill over-flow, ecological footprints, waste, and uber-consumerism, it is more important than ever to re-purpose. Recycle. Reuse. Renew. Wouldn't a classic enamelware breadbox from the 50's be a great place in your kitchen to store your dog's leashes and toys? Wouldn't a vintage Archie Comic Betty & Veronica jelly jar glass be snazzy on your desk holding paperclips? Wouldn't you rather see antique hand made baskets re-purposed around your home organizing your magazines, remote controls, and mail, instead of those plastic bins from a dollar store?
Listen to the echo of our footsteps on the planet. Think about what you can give new life to, and save a little bit of the environment, not to mention history. In today's financial world, we only get to make so many purchases. Make them count.