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Old stuff is not for throwing away, anymore

 article about Old stuff is not for throwing away, anymore
...at least some of it isn't, that is.

I remember when couple of dozen years ago, whenever my parents wanted to make room for something new, the old stuff, if at all preservable, was sent into our cellar where it used to stay for years. Until it had stayed there for too long already, gotten wet, acquired additional cracks, and became generally unusable. After which, of course, it was time to send the old furniture to the furniture cemetery, or a really big midsummer bonfire, or recycled for parts by me to help in the build of another tree house, or an underground bunker. I really loved to build those, and all the material I could get a hold of was appreciated. It didn't really matter if I was simply taking down trees to help me in the construction of yet another short-living bunker (or a two-story 'almost' house behind our garage), leftovers from the saw mill, or 'useless' furniture from my parents cellar, material was there to be used, from whichever source it came from.

Life for me, as a child, was a lot easier back then than it is to children these days, as free material isn't so freely available anymore as it used to. And my parents' views about old furniture has also changed a lot since then. If I remember correctly, we had a number of old chests which used to rotten away in our cellar. Times have changed, and now if old chests, old wardrobes as well as any other related items are found from the attics of grand-grandparents' houses, these things would never be given for material to build a tree house, neither would they be put waiting for nothing at a cellar. Instead, everything is now repaired, renovated, and put to good use. If not their own, then there's always relatives to give them to. Having antiques chests, antique tables or anything else old in the house is quite refreshing (even though the use of this word in the case of old furniture might sound weird) these days compared to new furniture. Renovating antique furniture is well worth doing even if it doesn't fit into your house, as you can sell it online these days, much like anything for a good sum.

While I'm happy about the antique furniture being renovated these days, I kind of feel sad for the children, it's not so easy for them to build something by themselves without needing a lot of help with materials and everything else if they want to build something.

I guess there's (at least) two sides to every table, or so they say.


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