"They" Don't Want Your Old Stuff

Sorry, I'm not buying it. I am not "buying" into that the younger generation doesn't want our "old stuff."

There's no doubt that some of the younger generations don't want anything to do with our old collectible Depression glass and doilies, but "they" aren't everyone. How do I know this? I have visited and even participated as a vendor in vintage shows and estate sales, and have been witness to the younger generation in attendance and often seem enthusiastic with some of the "rusty and dusty" treasures they are hauling out of these shows.

The other side of this is I can peruse through catalogs like Pottery Barn, West Elm, Anthropologie, and even Joanna Gaine's Magnolia catalogs/magazines featuring replicas of our old vintage items.

Upcycling is a good thing. 
I think where the younger generation of new household decorators are different is they just aren't buying "collections" of antique glassware and drawers full of doilies (to put a name on it), as they are working on a more minimalistic look - and that's okay. The older I get the less I want stuff to dust. 

Let's face it if you're pointing the fingers at the older generation for destroying the earth and you're not buying or upcycling classic pieces of antique furniture and well crafted second-hand items, and instead buying cheap furniture made of particle board you have to assemble yourself, then you're part of the problem. The new furniture from these large box stores will never last you a lifetime and eventually will end up in the landfill. In the long run, it will probably cost you more to buy cheap "new" crap than if you had purchased a quality piece from a second-hand shop. 

This article made me happy. I am seeing some of these trends come back such as the Fire King and Pyrex bowls, brass candlestick holders, and wall clocks.  


  1. I agree with you Catie....I have read more than one article that says NO ONE WANTS OUR "Stuff".....I am sure no one wants all of my Books! I don't blame them,they are hard to move from place to place....And the 5 Book shelves?????Who would not want 5 Custom Oak Book Shelves? My Tins? I am holding out for my Grandchildren or Great Grandchildren to fall in love with that "Collection"!!!! The Fine China at Estate Sales????I no longer have any ,one does have to start thinning out at some point, But I sure would like to buy some again...In fact I just may.... THEY ARE A BARGAIN RIGHT NOW.....


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