I like antique shops. I spent a good share of my recent vacation in out-of-state antique stores — quaint, out-of-the-way places in the South that held a myriad of memories from an area I truly love. (Don’t ask me how I was able to fit four, oak dining room chairs in my vehicle on the way home ... not to mention the ones we had to FedEx!)
But I don’t have to go all the way to Nashville, Tenn., to get excited about antiques. While I would hardly consider myself a connoisseur of outdated relics, I enjoy strolling through the aisles and booths in and around Bureau County’s antique shops and taking step after step back in time. It’s fun, and on top of that, it tends to soothe my soul a bit. After all, there’s just something about being surrounded by the past that makes my heart smile.
My home is not filled with a ton of antique furniture, rather an eclectic mix of comfortable pieces that mixes today with yesterday. While the old items that live where I do mix well with newer pieces I own, I don’t mind telling you I often wonder who owned those old antique shop treasures before me. Would they ever have imagined someone would treasure something they regarded as an everyday item? I don’t know.
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