A dear friend once said to me, ” The joy is in the hunt”. They were referring to that special “something” that you come across while antiquing. I couldn’t express that sentiment any better. Antiquing has taught me to slow down, savor, be at peace. It has aided in my creative process. After a day of it I feel revived, enriched and educated. Living in a day and age that moves at such a fast pace, discovering a time worn shop is a reset button. What deepens the experience even more……meeting shop owners, hearing their journey, knowledge and experiences. I’ve noticed over the years a collection that has been mounting in my photo files of these people. I see the pattern. Relationships with like minded people are so important. They enrich our lives. They grow us.
While in Cambridge City, IN this past weekend, I was searching for vintage hot and cold knobs for a piece of art work. Instead, I was greeted by the shop owner and a friend……they opened a bottle of red wine from a local vineyard, offered a glass and to sit a spell. I learned more about tintype photos and began brainstorming ideas for feature art pieces I listened to their stories. I left enriched, fuller and my brain chockfull of ideas. I came in with an expectation and left with the unexpected……” The joy is in the hunt”. Thank you dear friend for teaching me such a positive life experience…….