You have just found buried treasure, X marks the spot, you have uncovered a beautiful gem that will become yours and no one else’s. These are feelings experienced while antiquing, thrifting, vintage shopping. As Macklemore says “One man’s trash, that’s another man’s come-up.” We love the thrill of the hunt and having something that no one else has. That was the hipster mind set, but since hipster has become mainstream. Now that mindset is blurred among the population as a whole. Do I sound pretentious? good.
The true “stylish” as I shall call them, now have to dig harder and deeper to find what will become completely their own.
I went antiquing in the city of Orange the other day. Talk about a walk down memory lane…
It was hard walking past a single row without nostalgically thinking “that looks like my grandmas” or excitedly proclaiming “we used to have that in our cupboard!” …along with all the other antiquers beside me. These memories are comfortable reminders that our ancestors lived in material worlds too. Comforting, because we remember our generation isn’t the only greedy one. Why do we care so much about material goods? Because they’re pretty? Because it’s cool? Because it makes you feel better about yourself. I’m just as guilty as anyone else. I love my shit! Humans love their shit!
Another great thing about antiquing is how we are re-purposing goods. Our purchases do not add to the amount of products floating around in the world, instead they simply relocate possessions from one hand to another. We are recycling goods, which is another popular thing to do in this day and age, thank God. I would much rather buy something old and used, instead of the many items out there that are made purposely to look vintage. (We should try our best to keep from adding to the material consumerism, or if you must, buy local and support your neighbors instead of the masses!)
Below and to the right are some of my favorite findings. I couldn’t afford them (except that GORGEOUS dress shown at the bottom, so instead I just took pictures) please enjoy the antique filter used, taken on an iphone 4, I really need to start carrying around a camera. There I go again… more materials please!
These were all found at the Antique stores in Orange, aka “Old Town Orange”, aka “The City of Orange”, aka “The Orange Circle.” If you live in the Southern California area and love antiquing I highly recommend this strip. You really can’t pass two shops without running into another antique store. Even between these shops are quality restaurants and boutiques, also ideal for anyone who enjoys “that special and unique find.”
Eat at Haven Gastropub if you’re into delicious brews in a hip environment, or if you’re a non drinker Old Towne Grinder serves rare and obscure bottled soda. Stop at Cafe Lucca when you need a break for superb italian gelato.
If you love antiquing, have been to The Circle, or know of any worthwhile locations to go antiquing, I would love to hear from you in the comments below.