Dig deeper into Independence Day with a trip down memory lane
As antique collectors, we are always looking for items that move us, take us on a trip down memory lane, and just excite us. Looking into things from the past, help take us into the future and this Independence Day is a great way to celebrate that. Travel back in time to your favorite local antique shops and see how patriotic you can be!
Antique collecting is as American as apple pie. We are a nation of collectors in one fashion or another and antiques are no exception. Often, when we think of collections such as antique furniture, most often we think of old British pieces. However, there are many American things to collect such as baseball cards or vintage signage. We even have a category for all things American and it’s called Americana.
Americana is a collective term for artifacts related to the history, geography, folklore, and cultural heritage of the United States of America. It is generally defined as any collection of materials and things concerning and characteristic of the United States or of the American people. What is and is not considered Americana is heavily influenced by national identity, historical context, patriotism, and nostalgia. All collectors have their ideas of what Americana is and all it has to do with is how you perceive it.
Many kinds of antiques fall within the definition of Americana. They are usually associated with some element of the American experience. Each period of United States history is reflected by the advertising and marketing of the time and the various types of antiques, collectibles, memorabilia, and vintage items from these time periods are typical of what is considered Americana. Think early Coca-Cola items, porcelain advertising signs for companies such as Chevrolet and Harley Davidson, early American farming equipment, American made dishware and early American furniture are just a few examples of Americana collecting.
During this 4th of July, we want you to think about what reminds you of growing up in America. Were there items or collectibles that your grandparents had that you loved and have now inherited? If so, what are they and what do they mean to you? Is there a specific collection of Americana that reminds you of a simpler time and one that you want to continue to remember? If so, get out there this holiday and start looking for it! What does freedom mean to you? Is a specific time or place or item in your life that reminds you of it?
Hit the Antique shops on 4th of July weekend (week) and beyond and start imagining all of the amazing American made items that bring us on a trip down memory lane and keep the nostalgia of the past right here in the present. If you are a collector or are just curious about Americana, we invite you to take a look around Antique Allure in Southampton and see what items peak your interest.