Or History Repeats Itself! Clichés yes, true yes!
Over the past several years I have been noticing how many things are being re-introduced to the PBCB generation. Oh you don’t know who that is? PBCB is my term for the all the young marrieds (from about 2002 on) who filled their Wedding Registry with items from Crate & Barrrel, Potter Barn and some Williams Sonoma thrown in for good measure.
My household has been filled with real retro items for years. I love kitchen ware, dish ware and flatware from the 30’s-40’s and 50’s. I have wonderful pieces such as the red, yellow and blue refrigerator dishes with the glass lids and now from Amazon.com you can buy a clear glass storage dish. I had beautiful round golden oak claw foot dining room table in my house in CT and although I know 90% of the X and Y generation eschew the old and like to buy newer than new, I did a double-take when I opened up a Pottery Barn catalogue and saw their new round oak table! Visit any one of the Holy Three (Crate & Barrel, Pottery Barn and Williams Sonoma) and you will find Fondue Pots, Martini Shakers, Mason jars, Bread boxes – I’m not saying when I was a 20-year-old newlywed that I was looking for antique furniture or retro kitchen ware, but within a couple of years I realized the value and practicality of many of the old items NOT to mention the price. You can buy furniture made out of real wood, not laminated at an auction or thrift or antique shop for less than what you might pay for compressed board and veneer.
What actually prompted this blog today was the fact that someone clicked on a previous blog post of mine https://pbenjay.wordpress.com/2013/09/17/what-the-heck-is-this-obsolete-relics-from-my-life/ and I took the opportunity to re-read it myself. And then the light bulb went off and I thought about the present my sister-in-law, Juanita gave me on Saturday; If you have a smart phone or Blackberry and you are over the age of 50, you probably send texts and emails (like me) filled with strange words, badly spelled and a lot of non sequiturs because our fingers are too fat for the keypad or we are attempting to write that email or text while we are sitting on the bus or worse yet, walking. You know you can send some very embarrassing stuff. She gave me a stylus! A cute little handy item with a soft rubber head and bingo, I find myself typing out clear messages!
Yes, what goes around, comes around especially in an older person’s mind – I just discovered that I wrote a blog post almost identical to this one in 2010. See https://pbenjay.wordpress.com/2010/09/22/whats-old-is-new-again/
Now if you haven’t clicked on the link for the older blog or blogs and you have no idea of what I’m talking about, now would be the time to do so!