by Karen Rose Smith
I never thought I'd appreciate antiques, but I do. After my mom died, my husband and I moved her dining room suite to our house. I had been bringing pieces home little by little but I wanted a whole room where I could recall memories. That led to bringing home a cedar chest and other furniture. That's when I became interested in antiques.
Daisy's Tea Garden Cozy Mysteries. Making tea in those antique pots is comforting on a cold day. I especially enjoy sharing it with friends.
We have three antique shops here in Hanover, Pennsylvania--Yesteryear Antique Center, The Black Rose Antique Mart and Finders' Keepers. Finders' Keepers is a consignment shop, the other two are consist of artisans booths. Yesteryear has a small cafe that serves delicious food. Twice a year the restaurant sponsors an afternoon tea service there.
When I'm feeling nostalgic or I want to replace glassware or a Corningware Casserole, I stop at one of these shops. Oldies but Goodies play on the loud speaker in the background as items in booths bring back memories from my childhood and teenage years.
I can get lost in these antique shops and the past as I peruse old books, look for Fenton cats--I collect those--and appreciate the craftsmanship of years gone by.
In my Caprice De Luca Home Staging cozy mystery series, I describe an antique shop in the town of Kismet called Older and Better. Whenever I need to fill that shop with new merchandise and search for a particular decorating item my sleuth wants to use, I use that as an excuse to visit one of our antique stores and poke into the past.
Do you have antique shops in your area?