Whether it be a new website or what to start collecting first… With this new venture, the purpose of this site is to educate our locals and visitors about the wealth of history and antiques in Chautauqua County. We are not affiliated with any store, flea market or museum but we are probably their best customers. There is a list of posts all ready to go but which one to choose first? It’s hard to pick favorites.
I thought I would start with the first antique I ever had since this is the first post. Rummaging through my antiques, I had to put on my thinking cap on what my first antique was. I’m sure the first piece I bought myself was a jadeite dish or a Christmas ornament but the first antique that I can remember having as my very own was from my Grandma Lo, Lois Coffin.
Somewhere around age 10, my Grandma Lo started giving me antiques along with a check for my birthday. Now, I’ll be totally truthful and thought she was absolutely crazy at age 10 to be giving me dishes and not a Barbie doll. As we all know though grandma’s know best. I only have two pieces left that I can think of. They were from my great grandma Lily and pieces my grandma wanted to pass down.
These pieces, I will admit, would never be anything I would pick up at the local store but with antiques it’s more than just what you may like or may have use for. I have two pieces in my possession that my great grandmother purchased and used in daily life. One is small decorative dish in a shape of a poppy flower. The pieces are both bright orange and the perfect fit for the autumn weather we’re having.
The other piece is a small sugar bowl. My great grandma lily may have grabbed sugar out of the bowl on a Friday afternoon just like me. In that sense, these antiques mean home to me and just for a second on Friday afternoon I remember my Grandma Lo in her kitchen and remember my Grandma Lily reading to me under an apple tree. No sugar bowl from Target can have that magic quality only an antique can. So stay tuned for our upcoming posts on different antiques, local history, great antique stores. If you have any questions feel free to comment or follow us on facebook. Thanks for stopping by!