Why Buy New, When You Can Own Antiques!

Growing up in Montreal, the word “New” didn’t exist. I didn’t grow up poor in any way. Big European family and they believed in hand-me-downs for filling the home, and have photos of mini-me at garage sales and flea markets. Antiques were just something that I was born into and learned early the value of history. Here are 6 points in why you might consider buying  Antiques.

1. Antiques tell a story. Antiques are relics of the past: they carry the weight of bygone conversations, obsolete customs and etiquette. They are a reminder of the extravagances — and the hardships — of another era. And antiques that are inherited from your ancestors provide a tangible link to your own heritage.

2. Antiques are green! Antiquing is the ultimate in eco-friendly shopping. Antiques are inherently recycled and reused. And by buying an old piece, likely constructed before our dependence on oil, you are extending an already impressive life cycle! Very few products can claim such longevity.

3. Antique furniture is generally very well made — and made by hand. If it has lasted this long it will likely withstand the daily grind of modern life. Of course, antiques can break and they do carry their own set of rules for maintenance and cleaning. But a table that has lasted through 200 year’s worth of meals is probably pretty well made. Moreover, scuffs and imperfections are often celebrated in antique furniture not dreaded.

4. Antiques are trendproof. While antique pieces are less likely to be super trendy they are also less likely to ever be completely untrendy. If you buy a piece with beautiful lines, curves and construction it is unlikely to offend even the trendiest of trendoids.

5. Contrast is good. Antiques can add texture, energy and personality to even the most modern or contemporary decor. In fact, it is the contemporary room that benefits most from a few antiques. The old pieces cast a new light on the newer pieces — and vice versa. If your living room is chock full of mid century modern, adding an ornate Rococo console table or Gustavian barrel back chair turns a monochromatic (albeit stylish) setting into something truly original and fun.

6. Antiques retain or increase in value. Well-cared for antiques go up in value over time. While prices rise and fall (many experts say that now is the best time to invest in antiques, by the way), antiques are a good investment over the long haul. In some ways a new piece of furniture is like a new car: the new models plummet in value the minute you drive them off the lot.

We are all lucky to have such a place in St. Thomas. Antiques On The Side is owned by Doug Walker and help run by Dennis Wilson. From Consignments, Antiques to Collectibles they have you covered.

The building at 244 Talbot St has had a long run selling articles from the past. Danny Mercer started there running an auction house. Then his two sisters took over and turned the store into an antique store and consignment shop. The day they closed the walls where bare. The next day Doug took over, and that was 7 years ago.

If you go in today you will find a surprise. HUGE sales. No, they are not going out of business but MOVING! As we talked Doug was telling me about the three main reasons. Just like any property, it is better to own than rent. The current building is in need of some major repair, and the new building will be larger, cleaner, and safer. Lastly and just as important, is location. Moving closer to the train station will draw more people in to see what they’ve been missing.

The move is going to happen around 2-3 weeks, and the Grand Opening will be mid to late June.

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I’ll leave you with this: Doug was at Shackleton’s Auction and purchased an oil painting for $60.00. Now with oil paintings the canvas needs to breath. This particular one had paper covered the back so that implies reproduction. It ended up being an original Alfred Elmore 1860 piece. It had the original tag under the paper. This painting hung in the British Museum of Art for 30-40 years. This hidden gem sold for $3200.00 It’s worth the look around because you just never know what you will find.

Second part of the article will be the opening. Stay tuned.

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