"They" Don't Want Your 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.
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.