You see...if I only had to buy "new" items for the shop...I would save a lot of time, heartache and money to boot!!! But....I wouldn't get the satisfaction of "a job well done", I wouldn't fulfill my dream of owning an antique shop and helping other's design around a beautiful antique piece of furniture or piece of art, etc...and I certainly wouldn't be passing on my heritage to my children and their children....I would simply be selling "new" items that really have no history behind them whatsoever!
In the end....after my great grandmother passed away...I was the one that coaxed my own mother into going back and getting some of those treasures that I had longed for! She didn't want them at the time...now, she is truly grateful that she has a piece of her past! And that's what selling antiques is all about to me!!! I don't want to sell all NEW items! I want to sell a piece of the past to people and to help them appreciate the quality and workmanship that goes into every piece they buy! I want people to appreciate their heritage...even if some of it is shameful!!! As we all have in our families! I don't want anyone to take for granted their family, their past or their chance to appreciate a fine antique or simply a family heirloom even if it only means alot to just them!