ONE MAN’S (or woman’s) junk is another man’s (or woman’s) treasure.
That adage could aptly be applied to Hot Sam’s Antiques, rural Lakeville, Minnesota.
I appreciate businesses like Hot Sam’s Antiques which sell or re-purpose used stuff. We are too much a throw-away society although, in recent years, it’s become suddenly chic to upcycle or purchase vintage/used. I hope the trend lasts beyond the current economic depression.
For decades I’ve shopped at rummage sales and thrift stores. The bottom line is that I am careful with my money, a trait instilled in me while growing up in a farm family with little money. Think eating white rice with cinnamon and sugar for a meal. Think no birthday presents. Think shopping only for clothes hung on the sales rack.
My parents worked hard to provide for our family of eight, but it was not easy for them. I never realized, though, that we were poor until I grew into adulthood. That’s a credit to my parents’ love and care.
Because of my upbringing, I tend to bargain shop and put less value on material possessions than many in today’s society. For example, of all the furniture in the house my husband and I own, only five—the sofa, recliner, twin bed frame, entertainment center and my office desk—are pieces we bought new.
Likewise, nearly all of the art I own originates from rummage sales, thrift or antique stores, or recycled art sales.
There. That should explain why I appreciate places like Hot Sam’s Antiques.
© Copyright 2012 Audrey Kletscher Helbling