Home Decor: Rediscovering Past Favorites

A little while ago, I watched a video about resale shops and the host talked to one particular store. It mentioned that there are certain things that the shop doesn’t want or accept and that oddly enough includes dishware. I find that interesting since I found solid white dishware that can be put in the microwave and dishwasher for about a couple bucks a set. I have more plates than I will probably ever need at any one given time for far cheaper than buying a brand new set on Amazon (I had a set on my wish list for a while). While I understand that some dish sets will never appeal to the aesthetic of the general public, dishes and other decor pieces can be found often much cheaper and at probably better quality than brand new items whether in Target or on Amazon.

If you need furniture, why buy IKEA? Sure its cheap but you can probably find a more distinguished or original piece at a flea market. Its is also less likely to make you cringe when you make a scratch or water ring on an old piece of furniture than a brand new one. These pieces of decor have stories to tell, often the more elaborate the better. They also look more elaborate than the new stuff we find in the store. If you like a more spartan aesthetic, the brand new is sufficient but often if you like the more ostentatious or fancy design, then you will have to look elsewhere. Even Craigslist and Ebay can provide more intriguing sofas or coffee tables. I’m not saying that Amazon isn’t useful for finding important items (goodness knows that I needed those boots that I bought) but sometimes, it just isn’t the most desirable option.

As I mentioned in my last post, I like the look of something that has history and has been on the earth for a while. I find it interesting that some resale shops don’t want dishware because no one buys them. I personally would love to have a good selection of glassware that comes from my local resale shops simply because they are way cheaper used than brand new. Alas, I don’t have my own space yet and don’t have anywhere to put such treasures until then. Oh well. Even so, I am entranced by the beautiful designs that can be found on old glassware and dishware. It seems a bit ironic that once mass produced items can be used to show off a bit of originality in the modern world.

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