To say that 2020 has been difficult is perhaps the biggest understatement of the century. Throughout these past six-seven months, many of us have found ourselves grieving the way things used to be. I think to some extent that is why antique stores exist. We cherish the “good ‘ole days.” We reminisce, looking back to when times were simpler, when products lasted for twenty years instead of falling apart. It’s funny how our minds have the ability to wash away the hard and retain only the good memories.
For instance, my mom loves primitives. She loves the sturdy, well-built wooden furniture that comes from this time period. In some ways, it can seem like she has romanticized the 1800’s. She loves the quilts, the rolling pins, all the tools of domestic housework from this time period. But if you were to offer her a million dollars to travel back in time to the 1800’s to live in non-air-conditioned farmhouse and do all the chores that someone like Caroline Ingalls would have done, I cannot imagine she would do it, unless perhaps she had a U-haul truck that she could bring back artifacts from the 1800’s with in this magic time machine.
Whether it is romanticizing pre-Covid life or remembering the 1800’s, 1920’s, 1950’s fondly, all of it can be damaging to our emotional health in the present. Toni Berhnard, writes in Psychology Today, that “We also tend to assume that other eras were better than ours.” When we allow ourselves to distort memories of the past, forgetting the troubles that come along with the good times, we can easily end up feeling depressed.
As an antique dealer, I am by no means telling you to quit remembering the good ole days. We would go out of business with that advice! But I do want to encourage you that as you think back to the good ole days, don’t fall into the trap of comparison. I always tell myself that “Comparison is the thief of Joy!” Don’t let comparison of pre-covid routines or of the good ‘ole days steal the joys that are found in the new normal.
We would love to see you. So please stop by and visit us. I hope you are all surviving and thriving in midst of the new normal.
Here we all sit in quarantine because of the COVID-19 virus pandemic. As an antique collector, I can’t help but think about the pandemic that swept the world in 1918. The Spanish Flu was horrible. According to the CDC, “It is estimated that about 500 million people or one-third of the world’s population became infected with this virus. The number of deaths was estimated to be at least 50 million worldwide with about 675,000 occurring in the United States.” I am so grateful that technology has changed since 1918 and for many the suffering has been greatly minimized.
Collecting medical paraphernalia is a huge attraction in the antique business. I am sure that there are people who would love to have medical equipment used during the Spanish Flu. We don’t have much of that type of thing at our store. Since we do have a section dedicated to Military Surplus, we do have a selection of military grade gas masks that might be a bit of overkill for the grocery store these days. Our models in store may not look like the one pictured below.
Whether you collect medical antiques, primitives, or the Victorian era, I am sure we have something that you would love in our store. If you feel more comfortable, feel free to give us a call and we will offer curbside pickup for you. Otherwise, feel free to come in and browse. We are making sure that everything is wiped down for your safety and ours.
As an antique collector, I love the fact that the word collections is embedded in recollections. When we sit around and remember days gone by, we are collecting memories. There is nothing better than sitting out on the front porch in the cool of the evening with a glass of Ice Tea and remembering treasured moments from your own childhood, the stories your parents told you, or memories of your children growing up.
Collecting antiques, is just the tangible expression of the same experience. People love antique furniture because it was built when things were built to last. Many people are enamored with rusty signs and rusty tools because that rust shows that they have survived and weathered the years. It’s a testimony to humanity’s enduring strength.
Whatever the reason you choose to collect memories, tangible or intangible, we at Glory B, want to help you connect with those better days. Times are tough right now, due to COVID-19. We would love for you to come by and tell us about a time when things were better. Do you have a memory you can share with us?
Governor Abbott and Mayor Pope have given the green light for small businesses to reopen on Friday, May 1st. We will be there at 10 AM, and would love for you to stop by and tell us one of your favorite memories from “the good ‘ole days.”