Friday, August 21, 2015

What Are Tomorrow's Collectible Items?

Recently my dad was visiting, and while we were eating dinner we struck up a conversation about things that we have stopped using in recent history. In other words, what do we no longer use today that perhaps ten years ago we used regularly?

As we sat there we came up with some very interesting things. Looking back on our conversation I think that those things we came up with may be one day valuable and sought after. So what can you collect today that in the future will be valuable? What are people not missing on a daily basis today that at some point in their golden years will give them a rush of nostalgia? Because, after all, most vintage and antique items are emotional purchases.

I can't tell you how many times while selling at an antique fair or antique store that I have heard, "Remember when..." or "I haven't seen one of these in years!" or "We used to have one of these..."

So, let's think. What do you no longer use today that you needed on a regular basis 5 or 10 years ago?

Here are just a couple of things we came up with:

Phones - House phones, pay phones, handheld on the wall phones. Especially phones that aren't cordless.

Phone books - When is the last time you've used one?

Dictionaries - nice quality, hard bound dictionaries used to be very common. Google, anyone?

Maps - I recently tried to find some inexpensive maps for a project I was working on. You can find them, but they are NOT cheap because no one buys them anymore. Move over maps, GPS and the internet are here.

Film - very uncommon to find it to purchase or to find someone to develop it quickly. No more one hour photo when you drop a roll of film off.

Feel free to chime in in the comments below. Share what you no longer use that in recent history you stopped using! Chances are, the things you think of will be tomorrow's collectible items.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Garden Update: 3 Sisters Garden & Square Foot Garden

Quick Update! Back in March I posted my garden plans using the 3 Sisters Method, as well as some square foot gardening. I thought I'd post some pictures so that you could see how it grows in, and also so that you could visualize how it all works out. To see the original post with the garden plans, go HERE.

Here's an update on how the 3 Sisters Garden comes together:

3 Sisters Garden
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I did end up supporting the corn with some garden stakes. We had a few days of heavy rain and wind, and it fell over. I am really enjoying the nasturtium this year. I've never grown it before. The leaves as well as the flowers are pretty. And then there's the fact that it does double duty keeping pests away.

Nasturtium at dusk after rain.
Here you can see the beans climbing up the corn...those 3 sisters!

Here's a view of one of my square foot garden beds:

Original garden plan found HERE.
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So far. so good! Everything is coming in nicely. We've already eaten a bunch of the lettuce. One night I wanted to make tacos, but had forgotten lettuce. Then I realized I had lettuce in the backyard. Perfect!

Here is how I train the cucumbers to grow vertically:
I also use twist ties left over from bread bags. Be careful not to break off the heads of the vines!

Pretty soon the cucumbers will be ready!
Thanks for stopping by! Happy gardening to you!

Friday, April 24, 2015

It's a Wonderful Life to Travel the World

I can't think of traveling without thinking of George Bailey. You know, the guy played by actor Jimmy Stewart in the classic Christmas Movie, "It's A Wonderful Life." I think of George's giant suitcase and all of the stickers that didn't get put on it as he planned. George got sidetracked from his travels when he stayed in town to save the old Building and Loan. I hope George got to travel one day.

We're just a few weeks away from sending our son to Europe for 9 days. Every scenario possible has woken me up at night over the past week. But I have always made a conscious effort not to parent out of fear. We want our kids to be safe, but we also want them to spread their wings and fly.

I think it's funny how life goes along with little bits of fate mixed in. Last week I pick up this vintage globe bank. It reads: As you save, so you prosper. It just resonated with me that what you make a priority in life will surely be available to you. We hope our kids will make it a priority to see the world and appreciate the diversity of its people. (Interesting side note, this bank was made around the same time as the movie.)

If you're interested in this bank, go HERE.

"And he said to them, go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation." Mark 16:15