I have tried selling on Craigslist several times over the past few years and some items sold through this method, but generally I have found that people don't seem to cherish antiques the way they used to. And the "mid-century" craze, I'm sorry those aren't real, genuine antiques in my book.
Letting go of things from the past is always in interesting and somewhat upsetting experience for me. Do you go through this too?
I find that letting go has a lot wound up in it. Memories, emotional attachment, reminiscing, holding on to things that meant something in another part of my life. I suppose it also brings home the aging factor - that the majority of my life is over. Now that sounds maudlin and melodramatic doesn't it? But really, I'm so much older now than when I found the items and bought them to love and cherish forever. And you can't just drag a Hoosier cabinet around to any house you know? You have to find a special kitchen wall for it! I don't want to have to select my next home based on the Hoosier anymore! So gone it is.
But in loving memory I thought I'd pay homage to my old friends who recently left me and memorialize them on the internet! Here's a smattering of what I recently sold off, much of it to the antiques dealer and some to other collectors.
|A hand painted lampshade and brass lamp.|
|A beautiful oak mirror.|
|A beautiful oak side table. The legs are hand carved but you can't see the detail in this picture.|
|A commode stand.|
|A fun old trunk. this was my very first antique purchase in 1976. I was 23 years old when I began collecting.|
|My prized antique possession. My Hoosier cabinet. I think this is the cutest Hoosier I've ever seen. I thought I'd cry buckets when it was disassembled and went out the door, but I found I had no emotional attachment whatsoever as it left us.|
|A Larkin hall tree. This one was a smaller size hall tree with the original delivery labels on it. |
This type of furniture was purchased by collecting Larkin coupons which came in bar soap and cigarette packages.
|Two rough hewn, hand carved Canadian geese collected in New Hampshire and Massachusetts. |
They were so fun together as a pair.