Feeling my AGE-& it Ain't Good

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Registered: 10-30-2011
Feeling my AGE-& it Ain't Good
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Thu, 10-17-2013 - 8:33pm

Every now & then I get reminded of just how old I really am! And today was one of those times!

As part of the "Pitch & Pack" game-I went through our pantry. Our neighbour likes to collect old things-she uses Mason jars as glassware, & has a Pickle Crock in her living room, so I called to offer her my Mason jars, my pickle crock  & I said I had an enamel ware pot too. And did she want my flour sifter?-she was so excited-where did I get a FLOUR SIFTER -OMG-she remembered using one with her grandmother & it was so nice. Umm-I got it when I got married, I used it then...Now I feel REALLY OLD -I know I haven't used it for awhile-but I didn't realize it fell into the antique category!

So I'll take my lil old lady cane & hobble into the living room & just bundle up in my shawl! Geesh! LOL

What do you have around that you expect will make you feel beyond old-into the category of "antique". Or, as you are all younger than me-is there anything?

Nora

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Registered: 11-24-1997
Thu, 10-17-2013 - 9:49pm

Being that I live 10 miles north of New York City (Manhattan representing the young tech savvy Wall Street kid climbing the corporate ladder), here's my list:

a record player with approx. 100 record albums that are not scratched and in their sleeves.  The sleeves are in fair condition though.  3 VCR players, approx. 100 VHS tapes, books with copyright dates from the 1960's - 1970's that we bought new at the time, a crockpot that's about 20+ yrs. old, etc.  I know we got rid of some old stuff when we moved, so that doesn't count.  However, last year before the move, I could count a computer from 1985 and floppy disks for that computer.  

Kathy

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Registered: 12-03-1999
Thu, 10-17-2013 - 11:39pm

LOLOL  I STILL use my Bromwell flour sifter -- which was my mom's BEFORE she met my dad, so it's at least 65 years old.  Besides the things I brought from my mom's house, Dh's mom's house, and my GRANDMA's house, I haveYEARS worth of estate sale antiques and collectibles.  I have vintage toys that were my father's and my uncle's--and they were born in 1910 & 1913.  I have "Occupied Japan" knick knacks.  I have depression, sandwich, milk, & carnival glass.  I have leaded crystal from the 30's.  I have McCoy, American Bisque, Shawnee, and Twin Winton cookie jars going back to the 40's. Besides the flour sifter, I have other kitchen utensils -- hand egg beater, meat grinder you screwed on the table, syrup jars, Ball jars, candy thermometer...  I have a Singer treadle sewing machine, a crosscut saw, a cast iron IRON, that you put on the stove, or in a FIRE to heat, a solid brass spittoon... My keyboard is lighted, as I type,  by a vintage brass treble clef piano lamp.  I have my Great-Grandfathers pocket watch, which is about 100 years old.  And it still runs. 

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Registered: 07-30-1997
Fri, 10-18-2013 - 8:47am

When my parents passed 5 years ago I was honestly so excited to find my mom's flour sifter - I've used it since.  Love it! LOL

My beyond old thing, which is my  choice, is NOT having a cell phone.  And as Sabr says, we have some old stuff around as collectables - we have an old German school clock (big rectangular thing) from the 1880s, a railroad pocket watch I got dh for our wedding, other old watches and a clock from my dad's mom.  Lots of glasses, jewelry, an Edison phonograph, cylinders (but not the player), tons of old 78 records (actually we had over 1000 and when we moved last we got rid of about 80%), lots of old LPs, VCR, VHS tapes, a reel to reel player and lots of tapes. Now remember my husband is a ham radio operator so he also has a TON of that type of equipment (and fixes that kind of stuff for tons of folks around here). Lots of model trains in all gauges and old vintages.  Huge list.

Sue

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Registered: 12-03-1999
Fri, 10-18-2013 - 11:20am

Sue, we had TONS of 78's also.  But they have little value beyong nostalgia, and they weigh a TON.   When we had our sewer backup, they all got soaked, the sleeves were ruined, and we finally just pitched them.  

I think part of the allure of vintage collectables is seeing "old" things that are still beautiful!  Even the wear marks show they were long useful, and loved.  Gives me hope. 

What makes ME feel old, is realizing that my if my parents were still living, they would have been 100, and 93, this year.  And that my grandparents were born in the 1800's!!

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Registered: 07-24-1997
Fri, 10-18-2013 - 1:57pm

I'm trying to think what we have around the house that makes me feel old.  Honestly, not much.  I am not a collector of stuff and I prefer to get rid of anything I can't use or don't love.  Following Flylady for a few years validated my feelings of not wanting STUFF around.

My parents were Depression-era people (I'm 51 but my siblings range up to 64yo).  My mother in particular came out of the Depression never giving up anything until it had been fixed, patched, cleaned, etc. within an inch of its life.  Her dad was unemployed for two whole years (she was one of six kids), and she lived in constant fear that we were all going to be plunged into poverty (all evidence to the contrary - my father was well employed).  My father, who was better off than she during the Depression thanks in part to a very wealthy great-aunt, moderated some of her influence, but still - the woman couldn't give up ANYTHING that could have a future use, including scraps of paper.

I credit DH with putting his foot down and saying NO to their kind "gifts" - a console TV, heavy suitcases, unbelievably heavy Danish modern furniture from the 1950s, highly specific cooking gadgets and tools, etc.  His refusal was my first step toward liberation, LOL.

I do have a few things that belonged to my parents & grandparents that I can actually use - dinner dishes and some jewelry including a phenomenal pearl & diamond ring from the rich great-aunt - but they make me feel nostalgic, not old.  Oh, and my diamond ring was my grandmother's originally, from around 1920.  Grandmother gave it to my dad in 1972 to re-set for my parents' 25th anniversary. :)

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Registered: 06-16-1998
Fri, 10-18-2013 - 8:55pm

I do have things that used to be commonplace and are now harder to find, but somehow it doesn't make me feel old, more like privledged to have fine old tools that "they don't make 'em like that anymore". I have a flour sifter, the kind with the crank (got rid of the slightly newer version that you squeezed the lever in the handle). Probably a few other things in the kitchen that would be deemed "vintage" and several that are old but timeless---most of my Pyrex was acquired when I set up my first place in 1972, some of it was my mom's "old" stuff. Its thicker glass than the ones for sale today.

Out of the kitchen---we have a few 78's, most notably Bozo at the Circus lol. However no way to play them. We had a record changer from the 60s but it died and was cheaper to replace, but the new ones don't have a 78 speed (gee I wonder why not?!) The "amp" for the turntable and CD player is a Scott tuner with TUBES, no newfangled solid state for us, probably from the 60s but I don't know, it was my grandmother's and we got it when she died in 1980. We have some furniture from the 1940s or earlier---a pair of large occasional chairs in my living room that my mom remembered from the first time she went to her future in-laws home in 1942, and a small nursing rocker that belonged to my dad's great aunt who was born ~1860. Then the china, crystal, and silver from my mother's mother who married in the early 20s so its likely from that period.

Sabr, I also have a rotary hand mixer, IMO no kitchen is complete without one---except now they're hard-ish to find. I remember when they were sold in the grocery store for like $2.49 and lasted for 20 years, now they're ~$20 and only sold in specialty kitchen shops and are much flimsier than the old ones. The kitchen item that I cannot find anywhere that I love is my aluminum colander with legs (another "cheap" grocery store item that was well made, probably circa 1972). One of the handles broke off years ago and the other one is getting loose but I cannot find a replacement so I'm using it until it ceases to function!

NOW I'm feeling old! 

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Registered: 07-30-1997
Fri, 10-18-2013 - 9:39pm

Any Edison discs?  (they're about 1/4 inch thick) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edison_Disc_Record  Talk about heavy!  We have a few we got at a local shop. 

Forgot my grandma's rocker - and yes, all my grandparents were born in the 1800s (all in Poland). My dad would've been 91 this month, my mom 90.

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Registered: 06-16-1998
Sat, 10-19-2013 - 10:51am

My mom would have been 87 today---Happy Birthday Mom!

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Sat, 10-19-2013 - 11:17am

I "inherited" all of my MIL's dishes and jewelry.  One set of jewelry (earings & necklace) is the set my MIL's mother wore on her wedding day in 1911.

She was into fine dishes, all those pretty tea cups and cut glass. Her parents gave her a complete glasswear set (includes bowls etc...) when she got married.  When I married her "one and only", she gave the set to me.  Our dinning room furniture is theirs.

Recently, an older woman from Britain was over for dinner. She sells and buys antiiques and looked over the "stuff" we have from my MIL. Some of the pieces turned out to be real antiques. The tea set is about 1860.

Both my parents came from "working poor". My father grew up in the dust bowl of the Canadian prairies during Depression. My mother grew up as the child of a single mother in Montreal. Her father died young in an accident and even before he died, life was not easy. So, no "family keepsakes" from either of my parents' families.

I grew up "working poor" in Montreal so no "family keepsakes" from my parents, not even pictures. Most of the older stuffI I have is dated from the 1970s,  "stuff" I got myself when I started working.  I wasn't into "stuff" so there isn't that much. I don't like to spend money, I save it.  My food processor is on its last leg; the cheap dishes are all gone; the old albums are not worth keeping...

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Wed, 10-23-2013 - 11:49am

I can't say I have much here from my younger years that seems particularly in the 'antique' variety.  However, one time when visiting some antique stores in a small town south of here, so much of the stuff on display was what I remember from my childhood...and I thought, those are now antiques?  LOL.  These were things that I recall my mother may have used in her kitchen when I was a child...so I guess if you go back 50 years or so, then 50 or 60 year old things are now considered antique.  Which surprised me and then made me feel kind of old!   I can't think now what those things were that I found in that antique shop, but it may have been some kinds of glassware or bakeware. 

What I recall about my childhood years is what I find makes me feel old in that those things don't exist anymore...like having milk delivered in a horse and buggy (!) or even having bread delivered in the same fashion.  Then there was the 'rag man' who drove his horse and buggy in our city laneway yelling "RAGS" - imagine, he collected old clothing/rags and what he did with them I will never know!  Boys delivered groceries from small shops on a bicycle that had a generous sized sort of basket affair in the front to hold the bags of groceries in it.  There were streetcars on our city streets at the time that I remember riding.  I think it cost 50 cents or 75 cents to see a movie.  Some candy was sold for 3 for a penny.  A lot of these things disappeared soon into my growing years.  It wasn't long when there were no horses being used and streetcars also disappeared not so long after I began riding them.  I think my childhood years were on the 'cusp' of those changes, if it can be put that way.  But talking about those things now must sound amazingly 'old fashioned' to my children! 

One thing I do own which is an antique from my childhood is a cast iron Boston Terrier that we used as a doorstop when I was a child.  I don't know where it came from or when my parents got it.  Unfortunately a lot of the paint has worn off it.  Here is a picture of it. or at least I'll try to get a picture of it uploaded here.

Shirley

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