Define an ‘Antique Collector’
With intense admiration and passion for the thrill of curating beauty from history — treasuring the ‘things’ that make it to our time — whilst simultaneously manifesting a history for a future generation, one would have a stumbled on an individual defined as an ‘Antique Collector’.
Where Is Your Go-To Place to Score Antiques?
Thrift stores. Why? A lot of times people are just taking what they assume to be ‘junk’, and I cannot say that I have had many instances where the old saying “beauty is in the eye of the beholder” has not held true to it’s words.
Now, my favorite place to score antiques that have a close relation to my own history is through family. One of my most coveted pieces of furniture is my 100-year old wood full-size bed that come complete with rusted rails and cedar wood slats. Three slats to be exact.
What Are Your Top 3 Favorite Antiques You Like to Collect?
I instinctively look for anything brass; I love a detailed brass serving tray – and the many that I have on tables around the house could validate that. One day the brass tray that sits atop the living room coffee table will be holding coffee cups and fruit roll-ups, and the next day it will be filled with legos and Hershey Kisses wrappers.
Do You Repurpose or Revive Your Antiques?
Neither, really. I typically leave my little treasures as-is. I try my very darnedest to keep my antique possessions in their original state – and if they need a little maintenance work to stay afloat, then I’ll revive to the best of my ability. I suppose since I don’t have any intention to ever sell these things, my C-Rated handy work doesn’t upset me too bad.
What the Last Antique Your Received as a Gift?
Better yet, I’ll give you two because I am still in complete awe over both.
I. Wrought Iron Bird Cage, gifted to me by Honey – almost a year after I fell in love with one similar that was sitting outside an antique store in Florida (that rusted beauty wouldn’t fit in my car and we had to let her go, the cage that is).
To my surprise, many months later – I had a 5-foot antique wrought iron birdcage of my very own gifted to me by my lovely beau of two years.
His mother, who shares my love of old finds, gave me my very first collection of antique spoons this past Christmas holiday.
So yeah, there’s the last two antiques that were gifted to me.