Sunday, March 30, 2014

“Ours is a culture and a time immensely rich

in trash as it is in treasures.” ~ Ray Bradbury
Having spent the last several months dealing with my elderly mother and with "mother nature" has sharpened my perspectives on so many things.  First, life goes on no matter what, and that is a good thing, and what it does highlight is that we are surrounded by life yet sometimes we get hung up on stuff.  If I had to rename my shop, I would call it "just stuff".  I have new stuff...
old stuff...
and in between stuff in my shop...
  I have handcrafted...
I have reproductions...
but, bottom line, it is just stuff.

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, old, vintage, repro, crafted, created.
The internet has taken over brick and mortar shops just as Kindles have restructured the book and magazine worlds.  I see us returning to a cave existence albeit a tad more sophisticated, but still we do not need to venture out much anymore.  We can saturate ourselves on stuff via Pinterest and shop on Etsy.

Although there was a recent article that said the small business world...Main 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 know that life is round, is fun, and full of just stuff!
So, as we approach April 1, it is foolish to put antiques or antique shops in a lock box.  They need to be reborn again through the new and the creative spirits in the evolving retail world.
To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk.


 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
To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk.

To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk.

To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk.



The Cinnamon Stick said...

May I share this blog post on my Facebook page? It says everything I feel and who I am...XO, Judy

Susan said...

Share away, Judy!

Just a bed of roses said...

Every week, I look forward to what you write Susan, it's a talent. Love this subject and I was having the same thoughts as Judy...would love to share on my facebook also. Hope you and your mother have a restful day, and on april fools, no jokes you can't handle!