My husband and I had a very large collection of music: vinyl, CDs, and cassettes, which we eventually sold when we reached the age of downsizing. It was an eclectic collection encompassing almost every genre of music. We started collecting individually before we merged in marriage. When we married, it was then that we really took the leap and we merged our respective albums into a marriage of music.
Before we sold our albums, we decided to listen to our old vinyl. What we discovered was that some passed “the test of time” while others did not. The failures made us laugh hysterically and scream, “What were we thinking when we bought THAT?” Probably The Mudd Club. The same was true for our CD’s.
The technology by which we collect and listen to music has changed. We now download our music from the internet, and I listen with Bluetooth technology and at times, Alexa (but she gives me some Big Brother anxiety that everything I say is sent out through the universe). And when I select a tune to download, many times I’ll consult my 30-year-daughter to follow what’s trending, and then I select what I like.
Similarly, we gave our home decor “the test of time”. Most of our objets d’art did last over the years while some did not. But instead of laughing hysterically, we giggled at our proverbial chia pet failures. Surprisingly, this “test of time” elicited wistful memories about where we were in our lives: demographically, emotionally, etc. We knew their stories. We had agreed early on in our collecting that we both had to love the piece; if not, there was no debate to convince the other to change his or her mind. It was out of the running.
Fast forward 30+ years and our first collected piece (although not the most valuable in terms of dollars spent) is one of my favorites. A 1989 vase by Mary Lou Higgins. And home decor is now under my purview. When I’m purchasing a piece of art online, I often think, “Thank you to those who have created galleries which sell online. Brilliant! Bravo!” Just for the record, I would never say bravo out loud unless the late Luciano Pavarotti was performing just for me in my living room. With AI, that could happen, couldn’t it?!
I also have an unwavering personal art credo. I do not like art that is precariously hanging from the wall containing metal or any other medium that could potentially maim me. But that’s just me.
Glance around your home or office. Can you spot pieces you feel have passed or failed the “test of time” experiment? I’m not talking about inherited items, but things you bought because of its unique appeal to you.
I’d love to hear your “test of time” experiences. Please share your stories in the comments section.
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