News-Antique.com - Nov 30,-0001 - I receive a lot of questions regarding the new interest in collectibles from people who are not looking to collect but to use the item in a functional way. Iím often asked why buy old instead of new. Many items are now being reproduced so well itís hard to tell the difference at a glance. I suppose if you are looking to use something for decorative purposes only, thereís not much difference. My answer to most of the questions is that if
the item is going to be used then you want quality, and items today are not made to last.
The other day I was looking at some reproduction Yelloware canisters at Samís Club. My first thought was that if you breathed on them they would chip. The materials used today are nothing like the ones from the midcentury so you really canít make a comparison. The
clay isnít the same in pottery. Glass isnít made the same way. Many would say that things have been improved, but I have to wonder if that is really true.
Today if you drop a piece of glass or pottery itís in little bitty pieces. I dropped a 1970ís set of Pyrex cranberry nesting bowls on a concrete floor and itís as good as new. Iíve dropped all kinds of old pressed glass without it breaking. Pottery used to be made out of clay found on riverbanks and it was meant to last. When I lived in Red Wing, Minnesota I found all sorts of pottery that had been tossed under my porch in the 1950s. Most of it
was buried in mud and rocks. I cleaned it up and it looked brand new. I wanted a can opener like the old Edlund ones and I found a place that sold them. My Edlund had finally given up itís life after 55 years. The new one broke after a month of use.
I really believe that when things were made back then even if they were mass produced, they were meant to last a lifetime. Now I think weíre lucky if something lasts a whole year. No two ways about it you canít beat quality and the definition of quality has changed
over the years. So if youíre looking to buy something to use on a regular basis, drop by Mamaís Treasures. I really try to find products that have quality rather than just importing or wholesaling in items for a quick sale. I promise if something is new Iíll tell you. Iíll also
tell you about any flaws Iíve been able to find. Iím happy to answer your questions even if youíre not buying.
Mamaís Treasures has a large inventory of kitchen items from Primitives through the 1970ís. If the kitchen isnít your thing, we have lots of Advertising, Primitives, Christmas, China & Dinnerware, Pottery, Home Decor, Garden, Jewelry, Ladyís Hats & Hankies and Vintage Sewing. Weíll always consider any reasonable offer and we love to answer questions. If you love