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  • Why do we love the retro thing?

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    12 posts, 11 voices, 4190 views, started Aug 14, 2011

    Posted on Sunday, August 14, 2011 by Kikijj




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      Perhaps our lives are too fast, programmed by demands on our time. Liking retro objects, clothing satisfies the delight in something with a history, or a quirky style. Nostalgia for beautiful things of the past is healthy as it rounds out your life, changes the way your home looks and in a way challenges you to add imaginatively to the everyday. It’s just fun.  

      In Australia, young people like going to furniture auctions just to get slices of retro style, either a sideboard, a lamp, etc. Renovate and create. So much to learn!

      I can recommend the Apronites with 50’s Gal for a fabulous example of what I mean and intend to join the forum here and there regularly. If you are interested, please comment.

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          Cynthia Schmidt wrote Aug 14, 2011
        • I think those of us in the baby boom generation, at least in the U.S. hunger for nostalgia as wel get older. I know I enjoy listening to older music and love classic styles in either clothes and furnishings.



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          Mary Clark wrote Aug 15, 2011
        • I love older things.  It seems to me that when older things were made whether it was furniture or accessories...they were better made and they had so much more character.  I would also include houses in this group.  A house built 75 years ago is built a lot better than a house today.  Furniture today is like cardboard compared to 75 or even 50 years ago.  Like Cynthia said the older we get the more we want to hold on to the past.



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          Vikki Hall wrote Aug 15, 2011
        • I agree with Mary about them being better made and having character to them vs plain boring vanilla.



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          Tuliplady wrote Aug 15, 2011
        • I agree with all of the above.  The world is changing so fast, I sort of cling to those things from the past that are unchanging.

          I also love the 50’s decorating style just cuz it’s really cool. happy



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          Joanmarie wrote Aug 15, 2011
        • I feel that many retro styles have a warmth to them. so many styles of furniture today look cold and uninviting.



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          Kikijj wrote Sep 9, 2011
        • Dear Joanmarie, It’s true that modern furniture has the same look wherever you go. If you are lucky to get a piece which has history, you look after it, polishing, dusting and just loving it.  

           Do you think it’s too late at 60 to learn woodworking? I’d love to be able to repair old chairs, hinges and look after the insides of timber pieces.

           Have you any furniture with a family story? My family threw out “old-fashioned” chairs etc, no room to store them!

          Kikijj



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          Denise Richardson wrote Sep 9, 2011
        • Hi Kikijj, I love retro furnishings and artwork I mix and mingle certain pieces into my current contemporary look for the livingroom and it works! I’m always stopping in at a consignment shop or a resale shop just to see what I might find, and even the Salvation Army at times.



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          Marya1961 wrote Sep 9, 2011
        • Retro is fun and me being an eclectic sort of gal can usually find unique pieces to put together.

          Great post!estatic



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          Butterflyrose wrote Sep 9, 2011
        • I am taking up biking as an activity. When looking for my bike, I wanted a classic 50ish looking bike. Yes, I found it and even got the wicker basket to add to the retro look.  Reminds me of my carefree,fun and exciting childhood!  

          An act of kindness is a gift given
          Butterflyrose



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          Jc2222 wrote Sep 9, 2011
        • My daughter and I found this cool retro furniture shop down in St Pete. It had mod style furniture. It was so cool and very expensive. I love it when I come across something at a Good Will or yard sale and I remember my Mom having one. For example, I found an old meat grinder just like the one my mom had. I bought it and now can make ham salad the way she used to.



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          Kikijj wrote Sep 13, 2011
        • Dear Denise, I am addicted to anything retro, even repro stuff. Style does not age, fashions do. Perhaps I’m a couldabeen/wouldabeen designer. It’s being simply creative. Have you any good photos I could have a look at of homewares that work in a modern setting?

          A funny thing a stepdaughter did once was buy an op shop beanie in stripey colours with her pigtails sticking out on 2 sides. I giggled and told her, it was a tea cosy!! We’ve had many laughs since then about the disappearing teapots in our fast lives.

          Talk soon?



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