Mooching about in the big antique shop in Church Stretton today, we spotted a sign for  Having had a quick look on their website, I thought it definitely deserved a mention on the blog.  I’m not interested in owning an item specifically because it’s worth a lot of money (just as well really since I couldn’t afford it anyway! 😉 ) – but I am interested in owning an item that was made many years ago by a skilled craftsman, without the use of modern power tools and equipment; an item which has withstood the test of time, and is still as useful today as it was when it was made – and in fact has gained more charm in that time by the very fact of its use and age.  (And I’m even more interested in aged items which need restoration to bring them back into full use.)

I like the ethos behind “antiques are green” because it attaches value to these items not just in monetary terms, but also in terms of the materials, skill, creativity and time which has been invested in them.  And time is surely one resource that everyone can appreciate is precious.