Here we are one week closer to Christmas. As usual, I’m way behind with my shopping but I’m not getting stressed. This year I’m going to enjoy myself. Last Saturday I did just that by spending a good portion of my day at an antiques auction. Most things went for a song. There were two 19th century spinning wheels that each sold for about $50,
and a couple of old fan back Windsor chairs that together brought around $100. If I had any place to put fragile antique chairs, I would have bid.
I was tempted by this lovely old book case/cupboard, but could not figure out where I would put it. Although it wasn’t in great condition, it should have fetched much more than it did.
I also liked this cradle a lot, but again, have no place for it. I suppose that’s what most people thought.
There was even a modern reproduction secretary similar to the one my niece rescued from the curb in her old neighborhood. No one wanted this one either and it sold for $50.
In the end, I bought this Chippendale style mirror for $10. I was the only bidder.
I don’t know how old it is and I don’t really care because it’s the perfect small size for my foyer. I’d show you a picture of it in situ but my camera-computer interface won’t work, so I have to rely on auction photos. At any rate, I got a good deal!
We’ve lamented the apparent death of antique ‘brown furniture’ many times, and you can read about the decline at Yankee Magazine which points out that part of the problem is that children don’t learn history in school anymore. I don’t know what they do learn, but it sure doesn’t make them appreciate their country’s past. According to the article, “Aging baby boomers looking to downsize are facing their children’s rejection of their Royal Doulton china, Grandma’s silver, and even the family photo albums. To their children, all this stuff is “mildewed and unmeaning.”” Wow, even family photo albums? Unmeaning? How depressing is that? Obviously, not everyone in the next generation feels that way. Our own children, for example, appreciate family history and antiques, so the situation may not be as gloomy as it seems. After all, the prices are great for those of us who still care!
I hope you’ll forgive the fact that this isn’t a very holiday-season-appropriate post. I have been decorating assiduously and I’m in a festive mood. And though I hate to see people abandon their past and treat its surviving objects with derision, I try to keep it all in perspective:
Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. (2nd Corinthians 4:16-18).
And one more thing to remind us about the importance of remembering our history… Today marks the 78th anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbor.
Let’s not forget that.
*all photos retrieved from Blanchard’s Auction Service November 30, 2019.