everything old is new again."~Stephen King The Colorado Kid
In the July issue of a trade magazine, Smart Retailer, I am flipping through the pictures of stuffed snowmen, candles, and Christmas, when I see this page...
Now, what caught my eye was in the lower left corner...New: Antiques...it reads in part "55,000 sq.ft. of antiques will showcase such diverse items as original art, glassware, china, heirloom jewelry, home furnishings, and accents, all dating between the 17th and 20th centuries."
And there is more...the VP for this tradeshow says that "designers are increasingly using antiques and one of a kind items to tell their clients' stories." So, now along with "curating" there is a story to tell in decorating. But wait, there is more...a panel...and the title sounds like something from a Ph.D seminar..."Past Perfect: Why Antiques are Essential to Design Projects Across a Wide Range of Ages and Aesthetics." They need to follow-up with another panel for the retailer new to the antique world... "Past Present Future: Can You Do Better? What's Your Best Price? Where Do You Get All This Old Stuff?".
Retailers who deal in new merchandise may not be aware of the antique mentality...you have to give them a deal...well, maybe now the antique dealer can move back into a retail world with those one of a kind stories and not be treated like they have these huge mark-ups. Old timers figure antique dealers have bought things for a quarter at a yard sale or dollar box lots at auction.
As I wrote last week, thrift shops can be more expensive than the "antique" shop. Still, it is good to see the business gaining some respect again. In 7 million square feet of display space at AmericasMart Atlanta, 55,000 is not much, but it is a step to recognizing what those of us know...quality...unique...inspiring.
So, maybe my story of white restaurant china and McCoy will appeal to your curating or will fit your
Maybe in this techie world of Pinterest, Snapchat, Tweets, Hashtags, we will go back to the story...to curate a piece into our lives for history not for ctrl-alt-del.
“I've always had a keen sense of history. My father was an antiques dealer and he used to bring home boxes full of treasures, and each item always had a tale attached.”