Makes me wonder if my kids will bother keeping anything that I've made once
they bury me.
On the optimistic side, these reporters will often try to take a pattern of
behavior they see and make it sound like a widespread trend.
If you really want a good cry, try this:
I still have the six-drawer cherry dresser my parents got as a wedding
gift. I'm 53 and yes, I was born in wedlock. :-)
My teenaged son treasures the 39 year-old pool cue that I bought at his
age. He has a new cue now, but the heirloom is hung carefully on his
bedroom wall. (And he still has Fuzzy, the teddy bear, and Stinky, the
skunk, from his diaper days. :-)
Quality woodwork, especially that made by one's parents, will always be
I would say that the article is quite accurate. People are generally buying
furniture with the idea of replacing it when styles change. Relatively few
want to keep it forever. It is a widespread trend in consumer goods.
Sad, but true. OTOH, about 55 years ago my parents bought a chest of
drawers for my brother and I for our bedroom. When I moved out it was his
and he took it with him when he married. It was "antiqued" back when that
fad hit in the 70's of so. When he moved cross country I took it back. A
few weeks ago I stripped and refinished it. I found solid wood, dovetailed
drawers, very good brass hardware. It is now in my office at home and I'm
quite proud to have it. My guess it will last another 55 or more years.
I have an end table and coffee table that my father built when I was in high
school. He built them in Japan (high humidity). They then spent several
years in eastern Washington (hot and dray). I now have them in Seattle
(concrete rain forest). Age and weather have taken their toll on them. Made
of pine, they definatly have wear. Due to weather fluctuations, the coffee
table top has split. I plan to disassemble them and make them into something
new. Made mostly of 2" thick clear pine that has been seasoning for 30
years. Should make something good. Haven't decided what yet though.
Well all the furniture I bought from Art Van and the rest of these local
'furniture shops' have turned to dust. The old wooden end tables I
obsconded with from my mothers house and abused over the years for many
purposes is still rock solid.
My mother has lots of furniture from her parents home and that stuff is
just great. There is no way I would pass on that stuff for the garbage
they sell today and call furniture.
Sure you can get good stuff out there still Im sure, but its not easy.
And of course you have to consider that this was the _final_ furniture
her parents had so they probably sifted through the garbage furniture
first as well. That furniture came from lifetime of experience.
"Then said I, Wisdom [is] better than strength: nevertheless the poor
I have a music cabinet that belonged to my grandparents. It's a bit
over 100 years old and was the only piece that we took with us when we
bugged out of here when forest fires were threatening a couple years ago.
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