I can (and sometimes do) spend hours in antique shops looking at every little thing. I love antiques - the history, the quality, the uniqueness. I love going to antique shops and finding items that remind me of the past, even the past well before my time.
I recently bought a metal floral trash can that reminded of one that my grandmother had in her home. It's like bringing back a piece of that feeling of spending Saturdays at my grandmother's house as a child.
I love the history of antiques: thinking of where a table has been, who sat around that table and the conversations they had. Or thinking of a desk and work that was done and letters written there. New pieces just don't have that.
The other characteristic of antiques that many new things don't have is quality. I love buying old frames or useful items for around the house. When I buy something old, I know that it will last much longer than the newer version of that same item.
I also love the beauty and uniqueness of antiques. Obviously I enjoy the worn, well-loved look of belongings that have been around awhile. Beyond that, there are often additional details on antiques, sometimes handmade, that we rarely see today.
Finally, it's green! We are all looking for ways to take better care of our planet and buying something old rather than new reduces potential waste. This is not only because a new item doesn't need to be made, but also because the quality of the older piece makes it last longer, further reducing waste. Yet another great feeling when buying antique or vintage pieces!
I could go on and on with both pictures and words about antiques and how much I love them. I will have to do a future post about pieces that I own and their stories. Hmm...off to work on that!