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Why Harvest Gold is no longer good as gold (1/26/11)
Reuse is in my blood, I come by it honestly!
Being the last of 6 girls, I was the queen of the hand-me-downs. There were only 9 years between eldest and yours truly… man those Italians are a randy bunch!
I remember eyeing every new acquisition of my sisters, knowing that one day, it would be mine. My prayer was only that the trend lived long enough for me to grow into it. Fat chance. Trends are fickle and fleeting by design; cool one year, dorky the next. That’s what sells product, I get it. The problem was by the time I got it, I didn’t want it.
Those of you that have kitchens or baths that were hep and happening when the term “hep and happening” was actually “happening” are painfully aware that there are trends in house fashion as well. What? Simulated wood grained Formica countertops and carpet squares not working for you? I can recount the style of kitchen cabinet “fashion” as it’s evolved over my 21 years in business. Here goes: white laminate, oak, cherry, maple, white raised panel-- and currently-- the painted and/or two wood kitchens that resemble living rooms and you have to play hide and go seek to find your appliances. How’s that for showing some staying power? Now all of them are still “happening” to a certain degree because of stylistic tweaks. Think of it this way, a pencil skirt is still a pencil skirt. The classic lines are what defines it. But one you’re attracted to today has some current component (lycra or built in spanx for example) that makes it more desireable than it’s original predecessor….which is why we simply must have it.
We are enticed to always have the newest, greatest, slickest surroundings and that’s all fine, if you have the Johnny to back it up. If you don’t, you either have to accept where you are, or you have to be creative to circumvent the no money thing. By “creative” I mean, you have to be willing to work your ass off, because when it comes right down to it, if you’d like to live better than your checkbook balance implies, something’s gotta give. There is no some thing for nothing,…but there’s some things for next to nothing if you’re willing to do the work.
That’s why I love what I do. Murco avails the opportunity, but it’s my buyers who turn the opportunity into gold. You don’t need brand new for it to be brand new to you!