than knowledge. That myth is more
potent than history. That dreams are
more powerful than facts. that hope
always triumphs over experience. That
laughter is the only cure for grief. And
I believe that love is stronger than death."
At a vintage sale I went to recently I was sifting through a pile of antique postcards when I came across a beautiful old Valentine. It was in pristine condition as if it had been carefully tucked away somewhere for years as a treasured keepsake. It was only a couple dollars and I found I couldn't walk away from it, so it came home with me. I know some people ask sometimes what is the appeal of something that is old? Why would you fill your home with things that are used instead of fresh and new? Memory is a powerful thing. It moves and inspires us. I worked in an antique store for years and I heard the phrases "My children don't want my heirlooms" and "We don't know what to do with our estate. No one in our family wants our things" many, many times. Everyone's taste is different, and that is good, but I think there is something to be said for placing value on the past. I love old things because they are unique, because they have a character and charisma that is often absent in what can be found in stores today. I also like to believe that I have rescued something that was once precious to someone and that I am preserving, if only in the smallest of ways, a fragment of their days.
You can find some of these treasures in my Etsy Shop! Be sure to have a look!