Uninformed point of view?

Good Morning Everyone!

That was an enthusiastic greeting, wasn’t it? Probably because it’s not even 9:00 yet and I’m on my second cup of coffee … (regular, of course)

As I was cruising the antiques news this morning, I read a show announcement for a Tucson, Arizona, show (40-plus dealers expected at antiques fair Sunday) and couldn’t help but daydream just a little bit about what it would be like to go. After all, the thermometer here in Iola reads -8 degrees at the moment, and my husband was just telling me last week how nice it was in Arizona when he was there the week before.

I’d consider it a nice place to visit, but roots in Wisconsin tend to run deep.

As I scrolled to the bottom of the page — I like to check the comments people leave on stories — I saw this:

Where does one even begin to comment on this sort of statement? Of course, we really can’t guess the situation “Scotty F” is in as he wrote the comment. Perhaps he’s just stirring the pot, so to speak.

It is true that unless you’re in the antiques business, buying antiques doesn’t rank up there with the necessity of keeping food on the table and a roof over your head.

But I don’t consider money spent on antiques as being “pissed away.”

(Though I do have to confess that I don’t feel the same way about some items touted as “collectibles” that are on the market … but to each their own.)

I know many — if not all of you — feel the same way about antiques. It’s money well-spent if you spend wisely.

If you haven’t read it already, I encourage you to read How to rationalize almost any antiques purchase by Mark Roeder. (Part 2 of “how to rationalize” is coming soon.)

I think our pal “Scotty F” should read it too.

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Karen Knapstein

About Karen Knapstein

Karen Knapstein is the editor of Antique Trader magazine. A lifelong collector and student of antiques, she has written dozens of articles on vintage collectibles and their historical context. She lives in Wisconsin with her husband, Joseph, and daughter, Faye. She can be reached at karen.knapstein@fwmedia.com.