What makes something valuable to you?

What makes something valuable to you?

  • How much the item cost
  • How hard it was to obtain the item
  • The memories attached to the item
  • The age of the item
  • The historical significance of the item
  • The popularity of the item
  • The usefulness of the item

To me, an item is valuable for a number of reasons.  The most important being usefulness and the memories attached to it.

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Wondering About Old Houses

I like looking at old houses.

I wonder about the people that lived in the house when it was sparkling new.  Did they have fancy parties?  Was there a beautiful horse and buggy that would roll up to the front door?

How many families have called this place home over the years?  Did anyone ever die in that house?  Was anyone ever murdered in that house?

What secrets does the house know?

Does anyone else think about such things?  Maybe it’s just me.  Maybe I’m just weird.

 

 

Antiquing

My family and I went to Firehouse Antiques in Huntsville, Alabama.

The store is massive.  It seemed like every doorway opened into another large bay, and around every corner I found even more aisles filled with items (and that was just on the first floor).

It’s a great place to visit and I would like to go again, because there is no way to see everything in just trip.

Alabama War Museum

The Alabama War Museum is located in Madison, Alabama.  The museum is small; however, it has an impressive variety of artifacts and historical items.  They have rotating exhibits that change several times a year, so each visit is an adventure.  Also, the gift shop is amazing and full of unique items.

 

 

Library and Museum Indefinitely and Temporally Closed

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The Houston Memorial Library and Museum is located in Athens, Alabama.  George Houston was the governor of Alabama and a US senator.

George Houston died in the 1870’s.  In the 1930’s, Houston’s family donated his house and property to the city of Athens.  The property was freely given, with the stipulation the city would create a library and museum.

The museum was filled with historical documents, books, and various artifacts.  I always enjoyed visiting, because I would find something I missed during my prior visit.  I also loved the atmosphere of rooms filled with old books and their smell permeating throughout the house.

Unfortunately, the building was not properly maintained.  The house is no longer safe for the public to visit, so the city closed the Houston Museum and Library last year.

I am not optimistic about their plans.  The sign says it is, “Indefinitely and temporally closed for renovations,” which makes me cringe on so many levels.