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Antiques made daily

January 30, 2013

Sign that says "Antiques Made Daily"

At first glance that seems like an odd sign to put out the front of a small antique store.

You don’t go there looking for anything made today, or last week or even last year.

You go there looking for something that has stood the test of time, something that was built to last…

and did.

You may expect to pay a premium price but not for an ‘antique’ that was made today. That is not what we want!

Except I do.

I want an antique that was made today. Something that was built to last. Something that will stand the test of time. It annoys me that very little is made to last these days. Very few businesses set out to do that.

For that matter, very few businesses seem to set out to last.

I don’t want to be a part of that.

I am tired of throwing away little pieces of my life when last year’s fan stops turning or this year’s software version will not run on that hardware. And it is a piece of our life that we throw away. You (or someone you love) spent their time “at work” to earn the money to pay for it. They exchanged a precious few hours of their life for the cash needed to buy it. They were precious few hours they did not get to spend with you or you with them. So when you throw that thing away a little part of your lives gets thrown away with it.

I don’t want to be a part of that.

Sometimes that means spending extra time on something to make sure that it will last, so that it will one day be an antique. That’s ok with me. It think that is time (and life) well spent. And if it just happens to be a relationship that you are building to last then all the better. Without relationships we are nothing.

So if you come by my place sometime don’t be surprised when you see a sign above my desk that lets you know exactly what I am trying to do. The sign says…

Antiques made daily.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. January 30, 2013 8:11 am

    Well said Paul, reminds me of how we (or I ) live in such a consumerist (is that even a word?) society. Particularly as old models of all kinds of technology gets super ceded on a regular, we are constantly upgrading even though what we have now works perfectly fine! What happened to only throwing out when it can’t be repaired?

    • January 31, 2013 9:20 am

      I think part of it is that we don’t feel like we have the time to try to repair things – and most things are made to be thrown away. Printers are a great example – it costs almost as much to replace the ink as it does to buy a new printer. They are not selling printers – they sell ink consumption devices!

  2. January 30, 2013 8:51 am

    You speak for so many of us, as usual, Paul. I often think of how many hours of my life I’m exchanging for the things I buy, and I too am frustrated by the poor quality of so much of what we buy.

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