Dale and I have always loved to go “junking,” that is to antique stores and flea markets. I’ve always loved vintage stuff.
Since we moved to Our Little House, of course, we don’t buy a lot because of space issues.
But when we need or want something, we always ask ourselves if we can get something old and give it a new life.
I’ve always loved history; I had the most fascinating history teachers in college that I chose it as my minor.
I not only like having my mother’s antiques, many of which bring back fond memories of my childhood – or even the day my parents scored the item at an auction – antiques serve an environmental purpose as well.
They allow us to recycle and reuse, giving a home and new purpose to something that doesn’t require more materials, draining the earth’s resources of more energy and creating more greenhouse gasses in packaging and shipping (typically from China).
Last month, when my friend and Living Large reader Kathleen Winn visited, I took her to one of our favorite antique malls here, of which there are many.
True, we are in a recreational area and sometimes the prices are higher than can be found online or at stores in other areas, but this mall has such a great selection, we can usually find something we would like to take home (although we confine our purchases to what we need and is functional in our small space).
We found a couple of our cast iron cookware pieces at this store, as well as my vintage red and white wooden handled cooking utensils.
When I was with Kathleen, I fell in love with a vintage antique bracelet. During our next visit, when Dale was with me and we took his parents while they were visiting, I pointed out the bracelet.
It ended up being my anniversary present. I know nothing about it, although I’m pretty sure it is costume jewelry, I have no idea how old it is or where it came from. That’s part of the fun, imagining who had it first and if it was once before given as a special birthday, holiday or anniversary gift.
When we went to get it out of lay-away a couple of weeks ago, it was one of the very few rainy Saturdays we had this summer, so we spent a couple of hours going up and down the aisles, checking out the new stock in everyone’s booths.
Dale found a Made in USA potato peeler and a wood tool for his new woodworking hobby. I’m so glad he enjoys this as much as I do.
A treasured day indeed.
Do you buy second hand? Do you have a favorite store?