No matter how much preparation you’ve done, moving is a nightmare. There is nothing fun about it, and nothing you can do to make it fun. But there are a few things you can do to make it less painful. One of those things is to take the opportunity to get rid of a few old things, and replace them with newer, more modern and up-to-date items. For a little while, everything can be new and shiny. Ikea, here we come.
But before you hit the Buy button for all new furnishings, take a moment to consider a few places in your home that may be best served by an antique. While modern furnishing may not fit in well with the natural architecture of every older home, Every new home has at least a few places for something old. There is a huge difference between things that are dated and things that are timeless. Consider replacing some of your old items with things that are timeless. Here are a few suggestions:
If a picture paints a thousand words, how much is a thousand words worth? You can find out a few hundred words at a time by purchasing historic autographs instead of more pictures of… whatever that’s supposed to be. Penned by the most famous wordsmiths of their time, the words, as well as the pen that wrote them, are mightier than swords. So take those down. Really, swords in the living room!?
You can find words worth displaying in the Raab Collection, and other curators of antiquity. They are helping build some of the great historical document collections, both public and private. There is no bad place in the house for such a display. There is also no limit to the number of autographs you can display tastefully. There is fine art which can be priceless, and fine autographs which can be timeless. If you can’t do both, choose timeless.
The only thing your place needs for accommodating a fine rug is a bit of floor space. The great thing about rugs is that they don’t have to be vintage to be useful or artistically pleasing. A brand-new machine-made rug is also a worthy addition to your home. According to this piece from elledecor.com, you can have both in the same home without violating rug etiquette.
But if a vintage rug is what you are looking for, there are a few questions you will want to ask, including the following:
- How can you tell if a rug is valuable? And high quality?
- What should you look for?
- How can you tell if a rug is not vintage, but produced to look like it is?
- What imperfections are okay to look past?
One of the great things about vintage rugs is that you don’t have to worry about keeping them in like-new condition. A bit of normal wear and tear is part of the value. Another great thing is that rugs are meant to be used, not kept under protective plastic. It is hard to go wrong with a vintage rug. Even if you make a mistake and buy something new that was only made to look old, you still have a fantastic rug.
Perhaps the most useful piece of antiquity one can own is a vintage clock. It is a testimony to its craftsmanship that it still works. Like rugs, clocks are not just meant to be on display. They are meant to be working, serving the purpose for which they were crafted. It is not just about grandfather clocks that stand in the hallway. This primer on vintage clocks will open your eyes to the possibilities, including:
- Antique Lantern clocks
- Antique Mantel clocks
- Antique Bracket clocks
- Antique Wall clocks
Whether a prominent shelf above the fireplace, or the spot just behind the front door, there is a place in your place for something that has been around longer than you. Keeping vintage items are a good reminder that we don’t own anything in this world. We are just stuarts of future history for the generations to come.