Posted by: Calmseas (Mike) | May 10, 2012

Antiques

I wandered trough an antique shop the other day.  I’ve done a lot of that lately.  There is obvious charm found in these places.  For those of us of a certain vintage, the remains of a simpler age remind us of the way things were in a time and space now lost to us.

For many people, antique shops conjure feelings of warmth and comfort.  We can tuck ourselves safely into the familiar cocoon of the past and, while in that cocoon, forget about the cares of today.  We can remove ourselves for a little while from the unresolved issues of life, the urgencies of the hour, the ever-present present.  Antique shops are like those spaces in our minds where dreams take hold as we sleep: they are wonder-worlds of fascination and surprises.  Unlike our dreams, however, antique shops contain tangible objects, real things from the past that envelope us and carry us away to other times and places, familiar and unfamiliar.

For younger people, an antique shop shows how things used to be; it gives them a place to explore how their lives are different from the lives of their parents and grandparents.  Antique shops can give them a wide-angle lens on their lives, broadening their understanding of who they are and how they came to be.

An antique shop is part store, part museum, and part educational institution—you can immerse yourself in the past, educate yourself about the past, and even take part of the past home with you if you like.  It is little wonder that I, like so many others, love spending time “antiquing.”

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