benefit #13 – never have to go antiquing

antiquing (v): the act of shopping, identifying, negotiating, or bargaining for old things like dressers, canisters, postcards, or bird cages. items can be bought for personal use, gifts, or just to sit on your shelf for another 20 years. antiquing is performed at garage sales, estate sales, resort towns, antiques districts, collectives, international auction houses, and other places with nothing to do. 

and because i have become minimalist, i never have to do it again.  thank goodness.

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  1. Barb says

    I must disagree. Since I have started downsizing I find more time to search out places to go and appreciate the past. The history of my surroundings and respect of the past has brought me to where I am. If I had not downsized (minimalized) I would not value the past that has brought me to the now in my life. Real wood has a structure that builds a solid foundation of which I can grow. This can not be found at Ikea. But, by spending the time I now have by minimalizing, I can search out the aucitons and tag sales where quality items of the past are available at bargain prices. And the joy of meeting great people who share the same passion.

    Barb, CT

  2. HS says

    I liked this benefit because I am an antiquing junkie. All of my furniture has been found either through antique shops, garage sales, Ebay, Craigslist or handed down. I love being immersed by the past when “shopping” at an antique store or fair. However, especially now that I have made the conscious decision to become a minimalist, I realize that I can only have so much–whether it’s been re-used or re-purposed or bought brand new. My purpose in buying my furniture/decor this way has always been about the quality, the history, the savings and the joy in finding just the right piece. But now my overall purpose is changing and I am not going to be buying anything else to add to my home. More of anything is just more. Oh, I will still check out antique stores and flea markets but it will be for the simple joy of being surrounded by the past and reflecting on the all the beautiful things time has capsuled.

  3. Catz says

    The posts above are lovely. Really centred people. I feel that anything – antique or ikea – should be functional and practical, makes your life more efficient and your surroundings more pleasent. I can’t find use for antiques but I would like to save up for modern versions of Rayburns and log fires. You get the benefits of both worlds then… :-)

  4. Emily says

    I am finding – through my decluttering and minimizing – a fresh appreciation for the past and the simplicity of life “back when”. I actually find myself gravitating towards antique shops to find pieces that embody that simplicity and serve me both functionally and aesthetically. Many antique pieces are smaller than today’s versions, which allow for more visual space in the room and/or accomodate smaller spaces (like mine). They are mostly handmade and generally have more character/detail than modern furnishings. In addition, I feel good about reusing a quality piece of furniture instead of buying new. I do not end up purchasing on most trips to antique stores, since there is little that I need or want, but I do enjoy looking ’round and I find it cures my temptation to buy “stuff” when the temptation strikes!

  5. says

    Haha My husband would really like this benefit! He thinks I bring home junk and maybe sometimes I do. Anyways I guess for you this is freedom and for others it is something they can experience like going to an art museum. I think with less things I would want each item to have more character and history or my home would feel bland…clean yes, but, still bland. For me that is, my husband would love everything brand new and black or white or beige. hehe

  6. Valerie says

    I find that as I need and want fewer “things” hanging on my walls and furnishing and decorating my home, the pieces that remain need to be special, and of good quality. I can’t imagine using newly built pieces in my home- no warmth, character or style. I would rather have things with a history, that are well constructed and unique, and that also cost less than their mass-produced counterparts.

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  8. di says

    No matter what, you still have to clean it and pay for the space it occupies. Depends upon what you’d like to do with spare time.

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