What is that? Identifying a unique looking antique
Since the dawn of time, we have made it our mission to make our work quick and easy and our lives more comfortable. How exactly have we done that? By inventing new technology to better accomplish our goals! As outdated technology makes way for new inventions, it’s easy to forget the tools of yesterday.
Kids today may not know a floppy disk from a Walkman, but do you know an antique coffee grinder from a hand mixer? They don’t look like their predecessors being used today. When we visit our local antique stores, we may walk in and see something that we have absolutely no idea what it is. It doesn’t mean we aren’t intrigued though. The selection at Antique Allure is constantly changing. You never quite know what you will find in Southampton.
If you are 25 or 75, there are items you will come across that absolutely stump you. Once you find out what they are, you will laugh at how silly they may seem. But, as antique collectors know, these items are a way to preserve our past so if you do find something at an antique store that piques your interest, find out what it is, what the story behind it is, and if you like it enough, figure out how you can incorporate it into your home décor.
Some items you may see at an antique store that you cannot identify (depending on your age!) may soon become treasures for you. We are going to talk about a few and why they may be a new must-have in your home.
Most young adults and children have absolutely no idea what a typewriter is. All they know is a laptop computer. A typewriter is basically a large keyboard without the fancy technology that comes with a laptop. You can’t scroll social media on it or Skype with your friends, but you can use it just like a Word doc. It may not be ideal to use anymore but if you see one and you think it’s cool, it may be worth looking into purchasing to put on your shelf at home. We think journalists and writers might find this piece of nostalgia very interesting.
Those of you who cook and bake, certainly know what a hand mixer is but, have you seen a hand mixer from yesteryear? In the days before electric mixers, all the blending was done by hand. Real honest to goodness elbow grease was used to get your ingredients blended. No wires needed, just your arm strength! An antique hand mixer might make a really cool wall décor in your kitchen, especially if you love to bake!
Believe it or not, your phone is not the only device that can take a picture. Long before cell phones existed, there was the camera. And we aren’t talking about the digital cameras you see being used by photographers today. Old-fashioned cameras had a box-ish look to them and required film to capture an image. Imagine that! Having a few antique cameras in your photography studio is sure to stir up a great conversation or two!
Whatever it is you are passionate about, chances are you will find an antique version relating to it at your local antique stores. Preserve the past by finding old relics that mimic your interests and keep antiques alive.