buying antiques…?

So….antiques.  (furniture.)

To me, it’s a two-pronged thing:  antiques you inherit (one way or another), and antiques you purchase.

I love antiques you inherit.  I love the history, I love the weather’ing that time inherently gives them.  Even though I’m more of a modern/minimalist mindset type of woman…I can still appreciate a good antique living on through the family., down through the ages.

I just though, for the life of me, can’t understand buying antiques.  You generally don’t know the history.  You spend good money for furniture that is already knicked and scratched.  I don’t know, just for me, if I’m going to spend money on furniture, I want it new and pristine.

I’m POSITIVE I’m in the minority though.  Convince me otherwise.  Show me the way.  🙂

46 thoughts on “buying antiques…?

  1. ellen abbott

    I have mostly antiques, some handed down through family and some bought. I buy, or did as I don't need any new furniture at this point in my life, antiques because they are solid wood, well made, aren't painted!, and decorative. I love the wonderful details on antiques. modern furniture is plain, not well made, and not solid wood (for the most part) and too shiny. the last piece I bought, which was several years ago, was my dresser, oak with a curved front and a mirror. oh and just several months ago, two bedside tables for the guest room and a really cool floor lamp for there too.

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  2. Silver Willow

    Well, you are certainly right, for the most part, about antiques being solid wood, which is pretty hard to find today. I grant you that!Re wonderful details…those don't appeal to my increasingly minimalist eye. Certainly to each their own on that front!Thanks for sharing some good points!

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  3. Sally

    The only antiques I care about are things handed down from family members. I have a couple, but the one that really made me sad? My grandmother had a 'safe' in her kitchen (the top had a screen) where she'd put leftovers. One day I went to a cousin's house and saw that they had painted it PINK. :(xoxo

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  4. Jeanie

    I love the antiques I have. But apart from things like soft chairs or sofas I'm not big on new furniture. Too modern. WAY too big for my little house and it falls apart over time. And it doesn't maintain value in the resale business. But I don't buy things just to buy them. I buy what will work in a spot or something I truly love. And it usually isn't furniture because I have no idea where I'd put it!

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  5. Nance

    I'm not big on Antiques because my mother was huge into the Early American look, and I grew up with that stuff. (We had a butter churn in the living room! WHY!?) Once in a while I wander through an antique store–it's huge where I live–and will see a few items that bring back memories of things in my childhood home or in my grandmother's home. I can see people wanting to collect antiques for that reason.I also have a big interest in 19th century American history. Some history buffs collect period pieces to “Go Back In Time” a bit. Not me, but I know others who do.

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  6. The Happy Whisk

    In 2016 I gave away 95 percent of my stuff. I don't own much in the way of furniture but I do still have and LOVE, the rolling pin that my gram gave to me. It's older than me and I use it all the time. Also, I love hitting thrift stores and antique shoppes for classic kitchen stuff that is useful. Like the Griswold Erie pans and Wagner Wares that we found. They're not my history but they are now part of my cookery life. I love where they came from the fact that someone used it before me, that they've been around through the ages. And don't even get me started on how cool it is to hold a cast iron with a gate mark. Oh my gosh, I love it. Though, I get that this doesn't fit into furniture. Hope your fourth was great. Loved the tone of your post. Cheers and boogie boogie.

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  7. laurie

    I understand your reasoning and I agree, that said, the table we use daily has been in our family for 100 years, it serves as work bench, dining table, my art space, a home work desk, a sewing table, well everything,, its just always been there as well as our china cabinets, our dressers, they are old family pieces, I have thought about replacing and going all minimal and pristine but most of the stuff today is made with glue and stinky fillers, and I would rather spend my money on more important things,,I have never bought an antique but I guess I have a house full of them lol,, for better or worse!

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  8. Jean R.

    My grandparents were dirt poor and had no antiques to pass down and my husband's family lost all theirs in tornado's. We've bought, refinished, lived with and loved antiques our entire adult lives. They may not have a family history, but they do have a history you can research—the craftsmen who made them, the woods, the era and styles of the times they were made. They have their own stories. A person either appreciates that history and craftsmanship, or you don't. Most are better made than newer furniture in the same price point. And you can't overlook the fun of the hunt if you want to understand buying antiques. You can walk in a store full of new stuff and buy or order whatever you want but if you have something particular in mind antique wise it can take years of hunting and when you finally find it, it's a real rush.

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  9. Silver Willow

    Nance, thanks for your thoughts! I'm married to a Filipino born man who has a Masters in US History. Although he enjoys the rare trip into an antique store (like I do, when it's rare LOL)…he isn't interested in purchasing any of the furniture. Like me, he's intrigued by some 'artifacts' and if they are, indeed, authentic (or not)…but not into the furniture. I can see that draw for some people. Just not us. One more way we are well matched. 🙂

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  10. Silver Willow

    Happy! Haven't seen you in a while! Looks like you've gone to vlogging, huh? I just can't get into it much (not yours. You Tube in general.) Maybe once I retire.Wow, impressive that you gave away THAT much! When I read Marie Kondo's book, I gave away a good 20-30 large black trash bags of stuff (or the equivilent) to charity. Still have a ways to go. That will be my first project once I retire.And no, I love what you are talking about. I was in desperate search of a post topic today. You've just given me one or two more ideas for the days to come, so thanks! :)Thanks, and boogie WOOGIE to you! 🙂

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  11. Silver Willow

    Laurie, that is cool about your table! Although it was NOT an antique, I had a really nice octagonal solid wood dining table, and OH how I rue moving away from that a couple of years ago. I'd take it back in a heartbeat if I could, but I can't.We will be replacing our bedroom set once we move to AZ next year, and maybe this dining set. Because I truly hate it. It's super dark 'wood', which is fine, but I stupidly went with a table top that has grooves in it. Salt and other crap finds it's way in those grooves every.single.damned.day. LOL

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  12. Silver Willow

    That all makes sense to me, Jean. And you've given me a great idea; I think I will look at antique stores for a new dining table, because I hate the one we bought (on the cheap) a few years ago. HATE.IT. And I can't find anything short of over $3K that I like, to replace it. hmmm… 🙂

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  13. Olga Hebert

    My late husband was into certain antiques (he restored antique American motorcycles). He was described as having “a good eye.” I can't tell the real thing from the fake so I agree with your view. I once referred to a banjo clock my mother owned as an antique. In a very injured tone, she informed me, “That is not an antique! It belonged to my mother.” The clock was well over a hundred years old at the time. From that I am guessing my mom would agree with you as well. Does that count as two votes?

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  14. Grace

    If you like it and it serves your purpose – that's all that matters. Old, new, yours, someone else's – call it whatever you want as long as you can call yourself happy with it.

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  15. Betsy

    My husband would agree with you. I don't like too much old stuff. I feel like I have nothing but old stuff now and would like to purchase something fresh and new. Some antiques I do like especially the dressers with those marble tops. I have some antiques passed down and like you say they mean something to me. I love the old antique cupboards and I have painted one or two to freshen for a room. betsy

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  16. Grace

    And my taste is – all of it! I've got it all – old, new, mine, someone else's, super sleek and modern, and some, not so much – it all makes me happy!

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  17. The Happy Whisk

    Hey Girl. I have my blog under reno so that I can return with a new space. One with printable recipes. Yes, been doing videos and I love, love, LOVE Instagram. G+ I'm active on as well but until I get my reno on my website done, I'm gonna read blogs and see how everyone's summer (and winters depending on location), are going.Love your avatar. So super cute. Glad to give you an idea. I love when that happens to me. PS: I feel like the old cookery and baking stuff has energy in it. So whilst I don't have the history myself, I get vibes from the stuff. Some stuff, I walk up to and won't even touch. Bad mojo beans. No thanks!Alrightly, Cookie. Good post, I really loved it. Catch you in the next one. Cheers and boogie boogie woogie woogie. Hugs, Me.

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  18. Silver Willow

    haha! Be sure to link me whenever/wherever you land!I stopped baking about 20 years ago. Since I'm retiring 10/30, and he's not (I robbed the cradle)…I bought a stand up mixer for the first time in my life, about 1 week before I had to have an emergency gall bladder removal. While I'm back to about 85% of a normal (for me) diet…not quite there, but I'm sure by 11/1, I'll start using that mixer, and just generally cooking more for us. So will lyour recipe idea! With just the 2 of us, 2 dinners cooked will last us close to 6 nights, as will one recipe of dessert lasting us the entire week. 🙂

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  19. Silver Willow

    We did that for the downstairs about 4-5 years ago. Gave up all the oak, and went with dark chocolate brown wood. All okay, except for the dining table. Much prefer modern. And don't let Sally in the early comments here…hear you about your painting those antique cupboards. LOL

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  20. Ann Thompson

    I like to look at antiques. I don't buy them though. I appreciate them for the craftsmanship and attention to detail. Now antiques that have been handed down are treasures.

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  21. happyone

    I have a few things from my gramma which I treasure but I do like anything old. Don't buy antique furniture though but all the old collectable things. I like a mix of old and new and that is how my house is decorated.

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  22. Martha

    I hear ya! I like very modern, colourful and fun stuff, but an occasional old piece is very appealing. One of the oldest things I own is my maternal grandmother's wooden soup ladle. My mother gave it to me a few years back and even though it's such an odd item to have, I really love it. I don't use it for cooking, just as a keepsake, but it's so lovely to have.

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  23. Sue

    I used to love old, dark furniture but nowadays I prefer a lighter, contemporary look. I did an upholstery course a few years ago so I do like to rescue old chairs occasionally and give them a new look.

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  24. tammy j

    I love a blend of old and new. especially like you say… if it has a story.there's a strange old movie starring Haley Mills. she's young in it but not a child. can't remember when it was made but she and I are the same age. I saw it many years after it was made. 'The Chalk Garden.' it's in glorious color! I was fascinated by the house in it. it was by the sea. had lots of dark wood. but it still remained modern and light and airy. NOT full of bric a brac and doilies and lace! and I think that's the key. people usually just have too much “stuff” everywhere. and the furniture gets blamed. LOL! but it can be cozily serene and beautiful… allowing the wood to show. green plants perhaps or fresh flowers and a few beautiful pictures in silver frames.I need to find that movie just to study that house again! lol. oh. btw the story turns out to be pretty good too. also starred another one of my favorites… Deborah Kerr.

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  25. Silver Willow

    That's sweet! My ex MIL had a full set of colorful little glass containers with food artificial flavors. I took the turquoise blue one. (matched my downstairs colors.) I know; an odd thing to take, but its so lovely to have, as you say. 🙂

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  26. Silver Willow

    Sounds good! I need to get rid of the bric a brac, but every piece SPEAKS to me. That's why I bought it in the first place. But I know I need to, at the very least, box most of it up before we list the house in January. I should look into that movie!

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  27. Arkansas Patti

    If it doesn't have my family history, I am not really interested and would never buy any. Now my sister is huge into anyone's antiques. I just don't get it.

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  28. Silver Willow

    such a relief to find like-minded souls…especially in our age bracket! I thought I'd somehow missed the gene…come to discover it's probably a recessive one. haha!

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  29. Lisa

    Im with you on this! I like having a few sentimental vintage trinkets but they can easily invade your home. However, Im a sucker for vintage linens like tea towels and table cloths. I also love vintage bakeware such as corning ware but as far as furniture goes….I like new! Lisa

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  30. The Happy Whisk

    I'm happy to read that you're 85 percent back to normal now. That is wonderful. I get that it takes time, I had/have some issues too and dang, they can last. But I love the movement toward recovery. Makes my heart sing!Will do on the address. Not sure if you're on IG, G+ Or YouTube to watch, but I'm the same handle on all platforms.

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