The mystique of the antique!
Antique collection is a passion that is shared by many. You have the casual collector to the serious dealer and everything in between. Despite the modern age of convenience, people still continue to seek out these historic treasures. The items that are coveted and the reasons for seeking them vary. For many, it is difficult to say exactly what attracts them to an antique. It may be the historical significance, monetary value or just the sheer beauty of something. One thing is for sure when you step inside an antique store, it instantly brings you back to another time and place. It’s extremely magical!
Connecting to the past
There is just something so sentimental about the past. We take interest in the messages meant for another place and time. Antiques bring us closer to the past. They help us learn about history but also create a sense of nostalgia for another time. Lovers of antiques treasure the historical aspect of their collection. The ability of antiques to educate and tell a story is a powerful attraction. And when an antique has a story, that piece truly becomes something really special.
An obvious reason to collect antiques is for their monetary value. To know an object’s true value takes considerable knowledge of its age, condition and historical era. Collectors with this skill can identify an underpriced item and even make profits buying and selling on the antique market. They may just prefer to keep certain items as part of their own personal collection but knowing they have something of value can make all the difference in the world to some.
Thrill of the hunt
Maybe it’s the hunt that keeps people interested in antiques. Finding a rare or valuable piece at a flea market or garage sale is a source of pride and joy for your average collector. Not knowing what to expect just makes everything you find feel like a special treat. Next time you pass a yard sale or antique store, take a look around and see what treasures you can find.
You don’t have to be a serious collection to enjoy antiques. Some find sheer beauty in older items and want to hold onto that part of the past. Including one single piece into your home décor can add character and a personal statement to your home. Keep an eye out for vintage fabrics, art, and furniture. You never know what beauty you can find.
What really draws us to these old items? They are past their prime. Their original owners have abandoned them. They get replaced with sleeker options or technology or become entirely obsolete. Yet, there is a certain charm to the old-time ways of living that we become obsessed over. While some antique collectors focus on a certain item, others go toward a particular era. Others still have broad interests and eclectic tastes. Whatever your passion, be guided by your style, historical interests and sense of adventure!