Remembering History: Every antique has a story to tell
During this time of quarantine, you may have started to discover interests that you never knew you had in you. Perhaps you have fallen in love with reading or taken up a new hobby that you saw on social media. One thing that may have stirred up something inside you is learning. Whatever kind of learning that is, it’s always a good thing to do! At Antique Allure we love history and we believe that every antique we sell in our store has a story to tell.
History is something we can’t change but we can learn about it and understand why events took place or why objects were important and useful during their lifespan. When you look at an object in our store, study it. When was it useful and why? Who would have used it? What does the object represent? What makes it part of our history and what story is it trying to tell? You may not have all the answers but that’s why we’re here!
If you are a history buff, like we are, holding an object from the past helps you feel like you could have been there or at least understand what may have been going on during that time. When you walk through our store, whether you are looking for something specific or just want to browse, find something that speaks to you and try to imagine the person who originally owned it and what time in history they were utilizing it.
Right now, we have so many pieces in our antique store from furniture to toys to signs and everything in between. Set your sights on a China set and imagine it being set on someone’s table in the early 1900s. Imagine what event or holiday it was that was bringing people together in celebration. Who would have owned the China and why did it end up here?
If you are interested in learning about the 1920s, for example, seek out pieces from that era and imagine yourself in that time. So much was going on during this time in history that really shaped our nation from prohibition to women’s rights to the beginnings of the Great Depression, it was definitely an era of unrest, inequality and financial uncertainty.
In order to move forward, we have to understand our past and things of object can help us to learn what our ancestors went through, how they survived and what they did to ensure that we would have a better life. Think about items you may have inherited from your great grandmother or another family member. What time period was it from? Do you have memories of it or stories from an elder? History shapes us, it tells our story and how we got where we are today.