As the world gets more and more hectic every day, folks of all ages are becoming more nostalgic about the simpler things in life. Some people are purchasing second homes as a way to get away from it all. Others who can’t or don’t want to literally escape to the seaside or the mountains are instead decorating spaces in their homes with items that evoke the feeling of being in those spots. The upshot is, there’s a newfound market for many things that heretofore were destined for the dump.
Is it nostalgic, or just old?
The tough part comes in determining what’s nostalgic and desirable and what’s just worn out old junk. Items that show signs of use, weathering, or other naturally occurring effects of aging are usually still desirable, but items showing signs of abuse, improper storage or neglect are usually not wanted. A well-curated group of old cabin or lodge relics can work like a time machine, transporting even the busiest person to a little spot on the lake’s edge. All he needs is his loyal dog and a can of beer to complete the experience.
Iconic images sell best
Among the most sought-after items are the most iconic images. These include mounted taxidermy and objects made from animal parts such as horns and pelts turned into lamps or rugs. Furniture made from twigs, branches, driftwood and other natural materials are also in high demand. Anything that relates to hunting, fishing, camping, skiing, boating, hiking and water sports can also be used to create a cabin atmosphere. Of course, the items must be old, usually at least from the 50s or earlier.
Go with what moves you
Most of us have been in a lodge, cottage or cabin at some point, so it shouldn’t be too difficult to identify what items might put a smile on the face of someone who yearns for some time in the country. If you think you have something good, get it looked at by an antiques dealer before attempting to clean or repair it (see our post about sprucing up antiques for more information). Otherwise, you may just wash off the charm collectors are seeking.
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