Sunday, September 8, 2013

"Everything old is

new again." ~Peter Allen

That quote happens to be a song that Peter Allen wrote with Carole Bayer Sager in 1974.  He performed the song in 1981 with the Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall...the first male to ever kick it up with the girls!
The song was also used in the 1979 film All that Jazz and again in 2003 in the Broadway show The Boy from Oz.  That brings me to today's commentary.  I do not allow my students to write "in conclusion" because what concludes?  Things are constantly revolving and evolving...and the antique world is front and center in retail evolution. 
The modern consumers are really old fashioned in buying habits...they don't buy to collect...they buy to use.  Can you imagine someone in the Depression checking the Sears catalog and buying several toys to stash in the closet for the future?  The collecting trend of buying everything of a category is a modern notion although as my best friend reminded me they collect apps for the phones now.  So true...collecting air...ah, yes.  That could put the Hoarders show out of business.  But, how many people have Hess trucks in original boxes in the basement?  Or, boxed Barbies hidden under the bed?  Remember the Beanie Baby craze?  I know some of you were trying to forget, and I just brought it up!  Just in case you had zoned out during the early 1990s...
Old should be new again...but a useful way...not simply because it is old.  And that goes for people also...just because you are old does not mean you have to fade off into the sunset!
Consider some of these old...antique even... objects reborn as useful and beautiful. A early 1900s yellowware pitcher provides a beautiful setting for some freshly cut Chinese lanterns.
Of course, sometimes things are just beautiful to look at...but how neat would this be as a it can serve a dual purpose even though it is nearly 100 years old.  How many of us will be dual purposeful at 100?  This is a signed plaster sculpture of a nurse designed by Gustave Van Vaerenbergh (1873-1927), a Belgium sculptor, known for his women and children.
Antique or vintage wine glasses work just as well with 21st century Bordeaux clarets and whites as they did with the folks from Downton Abbey.  Wines That Rock, a company that already produces the Rolling Stones and Pink Floyd-branded wine, will be producing a Downton Abbey  wine in collaboration with Dulong Grands Vins de Bordeaux, a 130-year-old wine-making business.  Everything old is new again!
Collecting old wooden hangers from various hotels or cruise lines would be fun additions in a guest room or coat closet. 
 I think the jewelry artisans understand better than many folks the act of making old into new...the typewriter keys into earrings, bracelets, necklaces...the old belts into cuff bracelets...
 old beads and old earrings recycle nicely also.
So, think of this old New England proverb as you consider that stash in boxes in the basement or garage...
 "Use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without."

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