I was reading an old gardening book about an older English gardener and his heritage gardens. They referred to him as an Antiquarian. Obviously this peeked my interest. So I looked it up and here is what it says:
An antiquarian is “a person who collects, studies, or sells valuable old things.” Well, I do all three, so I guess I am an Antiquarian!! I was one, before I even knew there was a term for it! 🙂
So for other Ebay sellers out there, when someone asks what you do, you can just say that you are one too!
My husband and I really love history. We are both European (Polish). Even though hubby was born here in the states (I wasn’t), he still loves our heritage and learning all about it. We both love old things, old cultures and old customs.
I guess that’s why we both feel so comfortable at thrifts, flea markets, garage sales, old country farm auctions, etc. My hubby has been collecting antique tools since before we were married (over 24 years). We were antiquarians long before I began selling on Ebay. Selling on Ebay is just such a perfect fit for us both, we often come across old things that we find really unique and interesting, but may not have the need for. So how wonderful that we can find old unique and valuable things and pass them on to people who will love and appreciate them.
I certainly love a lot of modern things too, but am always drawn to things that have history.
This picture above shows a few things in my kitchen that are vintage. That Bear cookie jar? I stole that from my MIL many years ago…it’s about 40 years old, but I fell in love with it as soon as my little eye spied it! The sugar bowl is also vintage, as well as the corningware coffee pot. I take out the inside and just use it to boil water most of the time since I mostly drink instant coffee. I’m made fun of quite often when we have people over and they have to wait maybe 10-15 minutes before the water is ready (a bit more if it’s full), as I don’t have one of those super quick electric ones. It’s all in fun though! Why are people in such a hurry these days? LOL
So, do you consider yourself an Antiquarian?