Walking into an antique shop is a trip back in time. Even if you aren’t looking for anything in particular, or you aren’t actually a collector, most people find themselves caught up in the history and memories. No one can walk into an antique store without immediately spotting something from their childhood, or something that they might even still own. The last few centuries were productive ones for the manufacture of household items, clothing, furniture, and knick knacks that eventually, if they are lucky, end up on a store shelf where they can be rescued by an admirer. Antique stores have such an assortment that you might find your old school lunch box, your mother’s favorite vase or cookie jar, or grandad’s rocker. You might just find something that you enjoyed as a child, but somehow lost, and, you might be tempted to buy another one. Some folks take their children and grandchildren along just to show them what life was like “back in the day.”
If you already have some antiques around the house, you might have a missing part, or you just might want to stay authentic with a piece of furniture or woodwork, and need the proper hardware from a certain time period. Back rooms of antique stores harbor a wealth of miscellaneous items that are impossible to find anywhere else. If you can’t find what you are looking for, your local antique dealer will certainly be able to get it for you. Most antique stores have a ready supply of these bits and pieces of history, from door knobs to hinges, and about any other article you might need.
People often buy homes that were, unfortunately, stripped of certain crucial historic woodwork, fireplace mantles, or windows. There are antique stores that specialize in architectural supplies, so that homes and other buildings can be restored to their original beauty.
Sometimes, we go into an antique store to marvel at what is now considered a valuable antique. Occasionally, you find something that you already have, and can’t believe the price that it sells for now that it is considered old or collectible.
Those who walk into an antique store for the first time may be a little overwhelmed, but, they should also be aware of the fact that antiquing is a habit that once started, is difficult to stop. They should also be aware that by the time they leave, they will probably be thinking about starting a collection of their own.