Something Old, Something Blue
If shopping for vintage clothes is time travel, then antique shopping is treasure hunting. It might make me sound like an old soul, or maybe just old, but if I see an antique store, I’m going in. These are the kinds of places my imagination gets lost, because a vase or a bracelet or a doll isn’t just a thing, but something that had a life and history all its own before ending up in front of me. Sometimes I buy the most random artifacts just because I feel like there’s a good story behind it and I get to be a part of that.
Take, for example, this bracelet at the Terrace Oaks Antique Mall in Charleston. It’s from the 1960’s and features a variety of charms from ballet to a little bell. I wonder if this was just fashion or some girl’s wearable autobiography. It looks like it was almost never worn. I wonder why.
Terrace Oaks is the kind of place you can spend hours wandering around asking yourself questions like this. Like many antique stores, nothing is necessarily curated in a particular fashion. Every case, shelf and wall leaves something to be discovered. My mother and I have made many trips here to find fun new additions to the house. One of our favorites are blue glass vases that have a distinctly seaside feel to them. I found one on a lovely hue on this trip that I took home.
Many modern design stores have mastered the art of imbuing the vintage feel into their current wares, but I encourage you to take a trip to a local antique store if you haven’t. They’re full of old stories, and if you bring something home, they can become new again.