Monday, September 15, 2014

Well, its Monday. One never knows what could happen on a Monday.  Most of the downtown is shuttered up on Monday and this can be good or it can be bad.  Lets hope for the best for today.  I started to write this blog with some anxiety.  As of late, I can't tell if these are still salad days or the beginning of twilight for this field. After twenty some odd years in business, I can tell you that things have changed.  There was a time that you HAD to bring your lunch, as there was no time to close up and get something to eat. There was a time that a Saturday called for two other people to work with you in the store. People used to stand at the door at 10:00 O'clock, just waiting for the doors to open. Are these days over?  I don't think so, I think that things have just changed, as they always do.  I think that you have to approach the trade aspect differently. The biggest obstacle to this antiques & collectibles business is the change in tastes and trends. What was the little darling one day is sent to attic or the trash the next week. Grandparents and parents spent a lifetime furnishing a house. The cost was measured and marked.  Its just that today, people relish a new and different lifestyle. A simplified lifestyle. Now the Greatest Generation and the baby boomers are dying off, moving away or downsizing to extremes and are leaving a trail of personal property behind, and grandma's Victorian sofa doesn't fit in.   We all need to think differently in regards to the ownership of our property.
A view of homes for sale on Beaumont Ave.

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