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by Ruby Lane

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The Love of Collecting | Where to Start

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Are you secretly interested in antiques, but don’t know where to start? Here’s a great tip: When you first look at an antique (or vintage) item that you are considering for the start of a collection, disregard the fact that it’s an antique, and simply LOOK at it. Ask yourself –  Do I really like it? You have to truly enjoy the item. What about that piece interests you? Antique (and vintage) items are like friends. If they bring you joy, stir your imagination, and make you feel good by looking and thinking about them, then you have probably found something that’s essential to have in your life – and the next step is to find more of those items! 

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We appreciate and collect antiques and vintage treasures for many reasons. Some of us appreciate most the fact that antiques increase in value over time. Some of us collect antiques for the pleasure of finding them, the thrill of the hunt. For us, we just really love having a piece that carries a story with it. 

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Our treasures  are a living record of the values of past generations. We are amazed how old objects were once designed and used. The skill and devotion of craftsmen at work in workshops and cottage industries inspire a love of antique objects. The satisfaction an old object brought someone fifty or a hundred, or even several hundred years ago comes alive today. Things just aren’t made today like they once were.

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There are so many kinds of antiques. Some are focal points of living spaces and some become unearthed after long periods of time – like found in a trunk in an attic.  The pleasure of collecting antiques often derives from personal experience and is enhanced in many ways over time. A person may have a fond memory for an object and attempt to find it in a brick and mortar shop or from a shop owner on Ruby Lane. 

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No matter where you are on your collecting journey, we encourage you to think about what you love. Start with having those items around you that make you feel GOOD. As you collect pieces of information and objects, keep your heart open to possibility. Those moments when you find a treasure that speaks to you are very special. As you collect, think about the reasons why you like that certain piece and enjoy the experience!

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