Monday, March 18, 2013

Antique Treasures

Antiquing is one of those things mama and I love to go do together. 
We share a love for old furniture, china, glass bottles, and all of the old treasures you can find in random antique shops.

Yesterday afternoon we hit the mother-load of antiquing. In Monroe there is a huge antique mall that is in an old factory building, and the building itself is cool enough for me. We wandered through that place forever.. it really makes me wish I had a big house and an unlimited supply of money to decorate with. ;)

In one of the last booth areas we got to, we came across a box full of old photographs. I can't tell you how much we enjoyed looking through all of these pictures.


Some of them had notes scribbled on the back to family members, or descriptions of who is in the picture and where they were. Maybe it's because my parents are photographers, but I could spend hours looking at old photographs.

A picture captures so many things. The clothing, the facial expressions, the surroundings.. it's neat to see how different things used to be.

We came across an old black and white photograph of a girl in her nursing uniform with a note scribbled on the back, "to grandma, with love." It makes you really think about the person in the photograph, where is she now? How did this picture end up at an antique store? It makes me sad that someone can purchase these sweet photographs of someone's loved ones for only $2.

I feel like you can't put a price on pictures.. I cherish all of the photographs my family has taken over the years. For the memories they hold, and the joy that is captured in our faces. It's wonderful to travel back to those moments in time as you look through old pictures.

A box of photographs in the midst of a giant antique store could so easily be overlooked.. but I'm thankful that it caught mine and mama's eyes. We appreciated those photos and the scenes documented in each one of them, and it gives me a new appreciation for the history that the photographs we take each day preserve for us and our family.

“What i like about photographs is that they capture a moment that’s gone forever, impossible to reproduce.” 
― Karl Lagerfeld


Anonymous said...

I love going through our old family pictures! My grandma was so good at keeping and documenting them.

Katherine - Real Food Runner said...

i bet this was fun :)

Amber said...

What a blast I bet it was finding those pics! I love old photos too. I always want to go through my Nana's photo albums when I visit her :)

Jordan said...

Sounds fun!

Jenn said...

Absolutely LOVE this post. The theme, the writing...everything.Going through old photo albums ALWAYS entertains me- I would love this, I'm sure. I may have to make the girls come out to Monroe with me for some serious antiquing. This sounds like it'd be so much fun!

Emily said...

Love that quote. :)

Sarah @ Scissors and a Whisk said...

What a sweet post.
I wonder the same thing when I see old pictures. Heck, I wonder things like that when I see old coins lol.

Lauren said...

Girl, I've often thought the same thing when I see photos in stores. Also, Thrifting is something that my mama and I enjoy too! :)

Elle Hattan said...

What a beautifully written post! I miss you friend!

Heather said...

I love antiquing! It is such a fun way to spend a Saturday!