A Case for Antiques and Vintage Design: Old is Awesome

Antiques-in-Museum Sadly, in the “Ikeafication” of the modern world, it’s easy to forget that some antique furniture in Santa Barbara is so much more than just for status and style. There’s something about furniture that maybe you don’t have a story for yet, but you know has lived many lives before intersecting with yours.

It’s not a chair, it’s a mystery

Take, for instance, one shopper’s 1846 camelback armchair. As a writer, he can stand back and look at that thing, and remember warmly all the stories of his family and all their events that occurred when someone was enjoying its big squishy comfort. But he’s a child of the ‘70s and that chair was alive for 125 years before his birth. How many other souls have sat in it? How much life went down in that chair? Has anyone died in it? How many children sat on someone’s knees? Were there marriage proposals and other life events? What books have been read in its comforting arms over the 170 years it’s been on this planet? That chair is five generations old, if not older. As times changed, it simply remained what it was — the carefully crafted chair sitting in the corner as life went down around it.

Reclaimed wood is reclaimed history

Another armoire a customer has is made of floorboards from a landmark store in Vancouver, Canada that was demoed in the early ‘90s. All the woodworkers got together and gutted the boards, turning it into reclaimed wood furniture. Now those floors are her armoire, and she can close her eyes and imagine the hundreds of thousands of people who’ve walked across them in the century they serviced the public…even though the furniture itself is less than 20 years old.

Allowing you to dream of something bigger

Filling your house with antiques in Santa Barbara allow you to dream of something bigger than just the piece you have before you, of times that precede you. They bring to mind wars and peace, infamous eras like the Roaring ‘20s. They make you wonder how many natural disasters they’ve survived. Whether someone sold the piece in the Dirty ‘30s to pay for food for a hungry family, or a son cried to receive it on his father’s deathbed as he started his own family. Antiques remind us that we’re passing by in the squint of an eye. As much as we think our lives bring meaning and bigness to our world, even furniture can last longer than us, bringing story after story as it goes. It’s perspective you live among.

An investment in more ways than one

The cliche “they don’t build ‘em like they used to” is true for good reason. Even with the relatively humid weather here in town, antique furniture in Santa Barbara tends to stand tough for generations. With the Baby Boomer generation downsizing and their predecessors in their advanced elderly years, more and more antiques are hitting the markets than ever before. There’s never been a better time to start collecting antiques in Santa Barbara. Prices are low, they’ve been owned by older people who’ve cared for them well through the years, and the economy isn’t exactly awesome yet, so good prices and great pieces are aplenty. So much great design has occurred over the past two centuries, of all kinds, that there’s a look to suit every style and they’re far more forgiving that you imagine. I have mixed pieces spanning 170 years of design and it all comes together harmoniously.

You’ll have a story to tell

Today, the prices of antiques in Santa Barbara are fairly low, but as the years to pass, fewer and fewer antiques will survive, due to natural disasters, fires, poor care, and more. Those who remain will enjoy higher values, and your furniture will have become an investment. Plus, you’ll have unique furnishings, conversation pieces. And maybe, just maybe, you’ll have yet another story to tell one day. Original article sourced from BuildDirect.com

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