in trash as it is in treasures.” ~ Ray Bradbury
There are people who think antiques are precious, and, yes, they are if they have personal meanings. All those people who thought their collections of whatever would bring them big money have fallen victim to the same fate as Wall Street. What is that china cabinet of Hummels doing for you these days? No problem if you love them! I constantly promote the buy-it-if-you-love-it not for future monetary worth. But, really, when you strip away the fancy definitions, antiques are, as a friend says, just used merchandise. And, "junk" has become an acceptable term in the "antique" world--think Junk Gyspies, going junkin', junk queen. Even Thomas Edison saw promise in junk..."To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk."
The retail world of the "antique" shop or co-op is in the midst of a serious transformation. Thrift shops are set up like box stores, and fancy fleas dot the fields of the nation. A pure antique shop is rare since not many live purely in the antique world; that is the world of a museum. Granted, there are some shops that may call themselves pure, but shops need to adapt to the modern consumer who blends, blesses, and blooms all kinds of accents...new, old, vintage, repro, crafted, created.
Although there was a recent article that said the small business world...Main Street...is optimistic. It may be that people will get tired of being cooped up. Even in the nearby town of Ocean City, NJ, there is support for a skateboard park, and one man commented that it was the only way to get his children to put down the electronic gadgets. Perhaps people would like to see Pinterest displays live and in person. To hold a bar of handcrafted soap or smell the fragrance of a candle. To escape that flat world...to know that life is round, is fun, and full of just stuff!
April 1. This is the day upon which we are reminded of what we are on the other three hundred and sixty-four. ~ Mark Twain, Pudd'nhead Wilson