Do you do it yourself?
Does it happen to you?
Is it good? Or bad?
Does it add value? Or does it make you worth less (not worthless, but worth less = that space is important.)
Becoming an antique
What does it do?
If you are a car it adds value
If you are a house, it adds value – unless you are in really bad shape
But in the America of last year, what did it mean to become an antique?
Something to be put on a shelf and occasionally dusted?
Something to be sold to someone who knows value?
When I was in college, I worked at a used furniture store. Someone gave us a dining room table that was antiqued aqua blue.
Think about it. Imagine that sitting in your mother in law’s dining room.
But there was an older gentleman who came in once a week, always looking for the “special” pieces.
He watched this odd duck, this horrendously obtuse and disruptive piece of furniture.
Every two weeks, the price went down. Until we hit that magic number. He said to me, “Tom, it’s time, I’ll take it.”
And the Ugly Duckling found a home.
He brought her home and said to her, “Now don’t you worry, I’ll take good care of you.” He kept her warm and dry and he began the rebuilding process.
Layer after layer after layer of this aqua blue followed by green and purple, it really made him wonder about her history. But he couldn’t know, so he accepted her as she was.
Finally after 7 layers of paint were removed, he sat back and watched her. And took it all in. He looked at the signs of how well she was made and saw that she was solid mahogany.
That old horrendously colored table became an antique that was worth 30 times what she was purchased for.
Becoming an antique – I think we all need to reevaluate what we think of antiques and how we value them.