I bet Jennifer didn’t buy a typewriter, but I applaud her decision to select a vintage Mercedes. Given my current struggles with technology, I wonder if I might have been more productive using a typewriter. Then I realized even the most expensive machines lacked spell check and a delete key. Copy and paste was not an option, and printing multiple copies involved something called carbon paper. Finding a single mistake meant retyping the entire page. At the rate I make changes, I would go through a ream of paper in a single afternoon.
There is a saying that quality items, maintain their quality features. I am a big fan of searching estate sales, and resale shops, hoping for a rare find. Art pieces top my list. A well-executed oil painting or watercolor surpasses any mass-marketed print. Mismatched dishes, stemware, flatware, and vases in my favorite patterns and colors, are inexpensive additions to my eclectic table. Besides, when a guest breaks a piece, I can be truly a gracious hostess, and forgive them without shedding a tear.
Wooden furniture withstands the heavy use my household delivers, unlike any modern MDF. And there is the added benefit that its beauty increases with age. Antique area rugs make my feet happy, and they don’t off-gas the way the new synthetic versions do, which makes my lungs breathe easier. While I wouldn’t want to live in the “good old days,” I delight in living with the best products of those times.
Do you embrace vintage in your life?
Keep on writing.
Jo Hawk The Writer