Lately my husband has been looking at the things that have been selling in my store and shaking his head with incredulity. “This just shakes my faith in humanity” he said the other morning.
Now I happen to like the things I sell, like this little hand-painted Madonna icon from Poland circa 1969. Painted on what looks like a roofing tile, it charmed me so much that I enjoyed it for a whole year before listing it in my store. When I finally listed it, it sold in two weeks time and I wasn’t surprised. In my mind it’s a gem. (Cost: $5, Sold: $70) It was hard to see it go! And this Victorian 1800s figurine of dogs (likely Staffordshire) was charming in its own way too and a heart-stopping thrift store find. It just found a new home. (Cost: $10, Sold: $100)
But he really didn’t understand why anyone would buy the 1950s/1960s tin of used watercolors. I’m guessing this was a “nostalgic” buy. And honestly, most of the colors are barely used. (Cost: free, Sold: $20)
The truth is my husband and I have different tastes and material needs. He enjoys good design, functionality and modern stuff in a sparer environment. I enjoy soulful antiques, quirky stuff and the hominess of having more things (though clutter does drive me crazy).
While I wish our tastes were more sympatico, we do manage to find furniture and things we both like. 🙂 But perhaps because of our differences it makes me doubly appreciate those kindred spirits who do like older stuff. Like you…and my friend Lauri. I visited her last February we happily spent days antiquing together. I think when all was said and done we had perused 10 antique stores. Amongst the bits I bought was this incredible handmade baby dress. The crochet work on this puts it in the heirloom quality category. I haven’t listed it yet.
And both of my twenty-something daughters surprise me with some of the older things they like. For example, my youngest, a bit of a tomboy, likes the fanciful pink Italian Spode cachepot I bought. I think I should put this on our mantel with some Christmas greenery.
I’ll never be the person who lines up to buy the latest iPhone or gets excited about a huge Plasma TV. And I rarely shop at the big, upscale shopping center near my home. But put me in a flea market, thrift store or antique mall and holy smokes, I get a little high!
What’s your favorite shopping venue??
As always, happy hunting!