Temperatures in the 30s today, partly cloudy with a little bit of wind.
Lots of folks here selling pyrex and vintage holiday stuff.
I just watched the short documentary Unravel , which demonstrates what happens to much of the clothing that is baled up and shipped overseas. Over 100,00 tons of it each year.
Much of it is deconstructed and the thread is then used to make more clothing which is shipped back into the United States to be sold at some of the fast fashion outlets like H&M, Primark and Old Navy. It’s like a vicious circle that never ends.
I’m amazed when I go searching for items, of the sheer amount of items that are not made in the United States that are made in developing countries. America used to make 80% of the textile goods that were sold in the country now we make 3% of the same goods. The hunt for cheap labor seems to be the most important consideration for too many companies.
I was on my usual rounds today, visiting stores and honey holes and I stopped by one place where I can count on finding at least one thing that is interesting..
I actually saw this bottle last week and thought it should be on my #thingsIdidntbuy hashtag on my Instagram account.. It just seemed absurd; a decanter with a corked top of a French guy wearing a beret. Throw in the French tricolor flag on the front and you have a piece de resistance.. 😂
So today, he was still sitting on the shelf, waiting to be taken home to be shared and possibly passed on to someone else who can appreciate him as much as I can.
I’m not a person who likes most tchotkes; I find most of them to take up too much space. If an object is not useful or simply takes up space on the shelf without being taken out and being used at least a few times a year, then I think it’s not worth owning. It takes up valuable real estate, space in the visual cortex of the brain.
When I am vending at various markets, I’m amazed at the amount of tchotkes and rusty objects that people sell to each other. Things like teacups and Hummel figurines; stuff our parents and grandparents collected for the sake of collecting. I look at most of that stuff as being useless. The market for those things has continued to shrink over the years. In the retail business, we’re told that the current millennial generation is more interested in buying experiences rather than things. People don’t have time to enjoy “things” as much as they want to enjoy “experiences”.
In the housewares business, it can be a challenge to catch people’s attention. People don’t cook at home or entertain as much as they used to.
When you look back at the 50’s through the 80s, there was a huge amount of energy and money put into entertaining at home. From fancy dishware to exotic kitchen devices, people; especially women as homemakers spent enormous time making meals, from canapes to fancy cocktails.
Nowadays, so much food is prepared outside the home and shipped in through various meal plan companies who promise us more time to enjoy ourselves and less time preparing the food we eat.
More disposable packaging materials with microwaveable cooking have replaced spending the time putting ingredients together to make a wholesome meal.
Luckily, there are still people who do love to cook, entertain and understand the importance and cultural value of making meals from scratch. They can appreciate things like vintage cookware that lasts for years and years; durable dishes that didn’t come from Target or Ikea and actually had some design sensibility..
I’m kind of rambling here, but I guess I was trying to communicate why I like this business. I get to seek out objects that have history, that are useful, durable and can tell a story about who we are. Especially things for the kitchen and objects for eating off of and drinking out of. 🍽️🍸🍹🍺🥛🥂🍴
Vox.com: Did millennials kill the dinner party?.
Full disclosure is important when branding your products as being “sustainable”.. This is one of the reasons I generally avoid buying clothing from “fast fashion” companies…
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