I come from a long lineage of antique and auction aficionados. The patriarch of this movement is no doubt my grandfather who has been collecting antiques for several decades. His specialty is Depression-era glassware; the running joke in the family is he could start an antiques store simply by hanging an open sign above the basement door. Apparently antique-collecting is pseudo-genetic because my mom most definitely enjoys the hobby. Her areas of interest include quality wooden furniture as well as European pieces and dinner china. By no means have I fully developed a passion for antiquing, but I do enjoy frequenting antique stores and auctions occasionally.

My latest expeditions have yielded some unique pieces. One of my finds is a Wisconsin covered cheese box bought for $15. I highly doubt I will ever possess enough cheese to fill this box, but I’m sure it can be repurposed to hold/display any number of momentos…or my Bon Jovi CD collection.

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Another of my other finds is a Seagram’s Epsom Derby mirror bought for $30. Named after the same area as the famous Epsom Salt, this English horse race has a long history dating back to the 1600s. From their website displaying men in suits and women wearing fancy hats , I imagine this event is the British version of the Kentucky Derby.

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Auctions can be another source for distinctive pieces. I thought about bidding on these life-size horse replicas, but $550 was too rich for my blood.

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I did manage to collect a few items which will hopefully serve both a functional and decorative purpose in my apartment. I liked the worn look of this magazine rack and placed the winning bid for twenty dollars. However, I did discover a Made in Phillipines sticker on the bottom, so I’m not sure how authentic or vintage this piece actually is.

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I also placed the winning bid for a pair of hand-carved, wooden camel footstools. Maybe $90 was a little steep for these two, but the bidding was fairly intense in the heat of the moment. I’m unsure of the origin or history of these pieces, but they seem fairly well-made. Hopefully, they are genuine products from the Middle East.

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