The Fascinating World of Antiques & Collectibles

By: jonsav
Most people are hobbyists. They fill otherwise idle hours with activities designed to bring pleasure and to enrich their lives.

Some may become film aficionados. Others may concentrate their efforts on building models and miniatures. Some find rest and relaxation in reading. There is a seemingly innate human desire to undertake a hobby or other long-lasting diversion.

Those who lack a quality of hobby and instead spend their precious free time doing little more than watching television or engaging in meaningless pursuits miss out on the opportunity to live a more well-rounded, informed and meaningful life.

It's no wonder that even the couch potatoes among us often wish they could stumble upon an enjoyable hobby.

One of the most rewarding possible hobbies is the collection of antiques. Antique collecting offers considerable advantages to a hobbyist while filling the needs for relaxation and enrichment. Collecting antiques is a great way to increase one's quality of life without expending considerable physical energy.

First, antique collecting allows participants to connect with history in a very special way. All of us recognize that we are, in large measure, a byproduct of the historical forces that have shaped our forefathers and families. Antique collection allows us to interact with that history in a very real way.

Appreciation of older items brings with it a chance to explore the history that created them. We learn more about the circumstances surrounding their origin, the people who once used them, the context in which the antiques were used and other interesting historical tidbits that we may otherwise never fully understand. For this reason alone, antique collection should be considered a wonderfully enriching hobby activity.

Second, antique collection allows us to embark on a long-term endeavor that has no definitive end point.

Instead of being yet another of the discrete chores we encounter every day, collecting antiques is an open-ended proposition. It provides collectors with a lifelong opportunity to explore learn and find pleasure. It is not a simple matter of a beginning and an end. Instead, it offers the joys of a long journey and is a pastime one can enjoy throughout their entire life.

No antique collection is every truly complete. There is always another item that can be added. Even if one feels a collection is whole, there is usually at least one piece of the collection that can be upgraded or improved. If one truly feels comfortable in the completion of a particular aspect of a collection, they need only expand their interests ever so slightly to re-initiate a collector's challenge.

Third, antique collecting allows us to bring things of interest and beauty into our life. The industrial world is full of sameness. Assembly line products stuff store shelves and cookie cutter homes dot the suburban landscape.

Antiques provide an alternative to this homogenous culture. Collectors have the opportunity to brighten their lives and to stray from dull norms by bringing items of historical significance and unique aesthetics into their daily life.

One can settle for ready-made furniture or they can add a functional and elegant piece of history to their home by acquiring an antique table. One can decorate their walls with prints found at a shopping mall store or they can add extra dimension and impact to a room by hanging an antique painting or ornamental item.

Antiques provide an opportunity to escape the humdrum and to put one's personal mark upon their living space.

Fourth, antique collecting is one of the few hobbies that offer the potential for actual financial gain.

Most hobbies can be accurately viewed as an expense. They cost money and although they may produce benefits, they generally do not produce revenue. Antiques on the other hand, are valued commodities. Many antique items double nicely as investments and thousands of collectors have found their hobby is also a great way to earn additional money.

Antique collection is a wonderful hobby for anyone. It allows us to experience history, enrich our lives and to profit financially at the same time. Few pastimes can offer a package as complete as the one presented by antique collection.
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