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In today's culture, people are obsessed with everything shiny and new. Every six months when Apple announces a new version of the iPhone, people line up outside stores like crack addicts waiting for a fix, paying huge sums of money for the latest model. Why? I will never understand this phenomenon, but Apple is a master of branding and creating hysteria for its products. I'm a creature of habit and keep things until they completely wear out. Mostly because I'm too cheap to continually pay for superficial items. This includes all cars I've owned, clothes, purses, etc. I drove my Honda Prelude for 15 years before I sold it. I would rather spend money on travels.

As a child, my parents always took me to antique shops, which completely bored me. I could not understand the appeal of such things. However, recently I've learned to appreciate their value and can get lost in these shops for hours. I first experienced antique euphoria in the Amish community of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Huge warehouses there filled with treasures and collectibles from all eras. Some reasonably priced, some very expensive. When I recently wrote about Syria, Virginia, I forgot to include photos from a local antique store.

1. This store was large and getting ready to close when we visited. So, I only had twenty minutes to view some items. What a pity because it was full of interesting things, including old furs, books, flags, paintings and other collectibles. Personally, I could never wear a real fur, as there is no appeal in having a dead animal wrapped around me. However, I don't judge women who do. As with everything in life, this is a personal choice.

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2. Great hats in this place and beautiful mannequins. Since childhood, I've always found life-like mannequins and dolls creepy. I suppose it's a strange phobia of mine. Clowns also.

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3. I purchased this hat from an antique store in Amish land. I love it, something from the roaring 20's maybe?

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4. A lot of old pins. Many Americans collect these, including my Uncle Dean who I previously told you about. He has more antiques and memorabilia than any other person I know. Someday I'll go photograph all his collectibles and show them to you. During a recent trip to China, he took a bag of political/American flag pins and handed them out to children instead of candy. Apparently they loved it. He's a creative and innovative man in many respects.

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5. Old cash registers, and milkman carts. Just seventy years ago, most people in small town America relied on daily deliveries from the milkman for cream, butter and other dairy items. The popularity of refrigerators and expansion of supermarkets, even in small towns, basically eliminated the milkman profession in America. I think there are still some small towns that have them for nostalgic reasons.

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Here's a video on modern day milkmen in Manhattan, but somehow it's not the same as the good ole days.



6. A whole section dedicated to owl figurines. I don't know the significance of them, perhaps they are all from the same maker and are worth a lot of money?

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Do you collect any items, or have such stores in Russia? I never noticed them during my visits, but wasn't really looking for them. If so, it would be interesting to visit one and compare to the American counterpart. If you're ever in America, be sure to stop by one of these antique stores in the town you're visiting. You can find them almost everywhere, and it's an excellent insight into American culture throughout the decades. Perhaps because I myself am quickly aging, I've learned to appreciate the value of something old.

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Amish Land: Lancaster, Pennsylvania

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fesma94
May. 2nd, 2014 02:42 pm (UTC)
Mostly because I'm too cheap to continually pay for superficial items. This includes all cars I've owned, clothes, purses, etc. I drove my Honda Prelude for 15 years before I sold it. I would rather spend money on travels (c)

After this I've started to think to marry you ))))))
peacetraveler22
May. 2nd, 2014 02:44 pm (UTC)
It should be obvious from my posts that I don't value the same things as most women, or think in a traditional female way. In some ways, men can't understand or relate to this. It creates relationship problems. :)
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fesma94
May. 2nd, 2014 02:46 pm (UTC)
Anyway, I like retro, I can spent hours at Flea Markets
peacetraveler22
May. 2nd, 2014 02:50 pm (UTC)
I think the indoor market in Old City, Jerusalem is like a huge flea market. Some interesting things there, but also so much cheap junk. And counterfeit goods.
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fesma94
May. 2nd, 2014 02:58 pm (UTC)
I 'd been in Jaffa few days before when I visited Dolls Exhibition
peacetraveler22
May. 2nd, 2014 02:59 pm (UTC)
Dolls exhibition? Isn't that too feminine for a Russian man? :)) As I wrote above, I find most dolls creepy and scary. I never liked them or played with them, even as a little girl.
fesma94
May. 2nd, 2014 03:04 pm (UTC)
feminine ?))) No ) Doll that worth some thousands bucks is ok ))
fesma94
May. 2nd, 2014 03:06 pm (UTC)
I've send you message with link to my photos from exhebition
peacetraveler22
May. 2nd, 2014 03:07 pm (UTC)
The link doesn't work. Resend please.
fesma94
May. 2nd, 2014 03:19 pm (UTC)
Have send to your gmail
mybathroom
May. 2nd, 2014 03:21 pm (UTC)
I used to collect cars models in my childhood. It was interesting because it was difficult to buy them. But now they are in every store and it's not so exiting.
peacetraveler22
May. 2nd, 2014 03:25 pm (UTC)
My nephew likes model cars also, and has hundreds of matchbox cars he plays with. And my dad once built a model airplane and flew it.

Edited at 2014-05-02 03:25 pm (UTC)
onkel_hans
May. 2nd, 2014 04:03 pm (UTC)
I never put my hands on the Apple products. I bought my first Levi's just a couple of years ago. I drink exclusively the American brand vodka from COSTCO.

An yes, what I liked, it was the antique stores in F'burg....
peacetraveler22
May. 2nd, 2014 04:05 pm (UTC)
I have not been to the ones in Fredricksburg, definitely this summer I'll visit. Now I'm obsessed with these shops. Some of them are very cool. I have an iPhone, but a 4s which is over two years old. The COSTCO vodka is actually distilled in America? Have you looked at the label?
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rider3099
May. 2nd, 2014 04:16 pm (UTC)
I’ve never been to flee market or antique store. I always ask my husband to visit but it seems to me he doesn’t like them. I don’t know why.
peacetraveler22
May. 2nd, 2014 04:16 pm (UTC)
There are great ones in California, at least where my aunt lives in Orange County. If I visit your area, we will go together. Girls day out! :)
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alsh4ka
May. 4th, 2014 09:04 am (UTC)
I've never been to flee markets, I'm afraid, I'll leave all my money there.
Several years ago I've found a second-hand bookshop and bought a two-volume edition of african crafts in hungarian... I don't know this language, but these pictures... M-m-m...
Oh, this weekend I went to Zvenigorod, there's a new Russian Desserts Museum (it opened 6 month ago). There's lots of old things, cups, cupboards. Everything's so cozy and homey...
http://vk.com/m_r_d
peacetraveler22
May. 4th, 2014 01:56 pm (UTC)
I also like old bookstores, remember the one from my hometown? I wrote about it here - http://peacetraveler22.livejournal.com/20517.html. Wonderful books, on a wide variety of topics. The dessert museum looks awesome. This is my favorite part of any meal. :))
skvorets1989
May. 4th, 2014 10:33 pm (UTC)
I've read that some Americans have something old and with history in their homes so when they have guests and they run out of topics for conversation they discuss this object.
peacetraveler22
May. 5th, 2014 12:32 am (UTC)
I collect for my own enjoyment, but interesting pieces are always good conversation starters. At Christmas, my uncle with all the collectibles usually gives unusual gifts, something from his large, unusual collection of items.
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qi_tronic
May. 5th, 2014 11:32 am (UTC)
Sure, there are antique stores and markets in Moscow.
Ex: If you visit Izmailovo, there is a big crafts market there (mostly targeted to Western tourists) but also an antique market.
I personally don't like like to buy old things but I always keep old things which belong to my family.
I cannot throw anything until it's really broken or worn out :)

For example I have a sewing machine which my grandma owned.
It was manufactured before the revolution by Zinger company.
Still works, has all parts and an original instruction booklet.

blog4woman. ru/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/zinger.jpg
peacetraveler22
May. 5th, 2014 02:04 pm (UTC)
Vintage sewing machine. Very cool! I also have a lot of family artifacts, but like to buy old things owned by strangers. It's fun to imagine the history of the people who owned them, although it sometimes leads to a lot of clutter in the apartment to have all these collectibles. :)
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anna_sollanna
May. 13th, 2014 09:32 am (UTC)
I can't understand buying new phone models either. Further more I can't understand buying new clothes every seasons because your previous ones suddenly became "old-fashioned". I buy new phones, bags etc only when I feel that my previous one started to work too slowly or have some defects...
But I indifferent to antique shops, maybe because I am still too young for liking them? ;)
> Since childhood, I've always found life-like mannequins and dolls creepy.
I am indifferent to mannequins that look identically to humans, but I feel creepy about ones without some body parts, for example, without head or with a half of a head. Or a head on a neck without any body like on your picture.
PS Owls are very cute, especially those with paws in the middle of the bottom shelf. But can you imagine I've seen an eagle-owl that was carried without any cage in our subway recently!
peacetraveler22
May. 13th, 2014 02:40 pm (UTC)
I've never seen an owl out in public, only in zoos. They are interesting animals. Sometimes in stores I also see mannequins with no arms, or missing a head, or completely unclothed. It always gives me an eerie feeling, and it seems especially perverse when they are on display naked. :))
anna_potapov
May. 14th, 2014 06:29 am (UTC)
oh my God, it's like a paradise for me! :) it's so so amazing! :) I love old things very much :)
peacetraveler22
May. 14th, 2014 02:26 pm (UTC)
Come visit America! You will find these shops everywhere. You don't have antique shops in Russia?
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