And I refuse to believe it’s because I have become an old antique myself.
In fact, I think it’s exactly the opposite. I like looking at really, really old stuff because it makes me feel young by comparison.
Actually, that’s not true, either, because I loved browsing in antique shops even when I was young and not concerned at all about my own age.
Way back when, my favorite places to shop for antiques were Yucaipa, Oak Glen and Julian. The latter, for those who may not be familiar with it, is sort of a San Diego County version of Oak Glen — a woodsy, apple-country village in the mountains not far from Palomar.
There used to be a lot of antique shops in Julian, and in Oak Glen, and in Yucaipa. Now, there are not so many, and that’s too bad.
Still, there are many fine destinations throughout the Inland Empire for antique hunters like me.
There’s the three-block Antique Row on E. 2nd Street in Pomona, for example. Mark your calendar for the big Collectors Street Faire that will take place there on Sept. 28 (call 909-469-1121).
And there’s the enormous Treasures & Junk Antique Mart in Ontario. It’s at 215 S. San Antonio Ave. just south of Holt Boulevard and a few blocks west of Euclid Avenue (909-983-3300).
In Riverside, there’s Mission Galleria near the Mission Inn, at 3700 Main St. (951-276-8000),
When I’m in Loma Linda, I enjoy visiting the Loma Linda Antique Mall at 24997 Redlands Blvd. (909-796-4776).
A few miles east, in Redlands, there’s a very nice congregation of places including the Precious Times Antique Mall at 1740 W. Redlands Blvd. (909-792-7768), BJ Longo Antiques, 209 N. Orange St. (909-793-8611), Redlands Estate Sale Consignments and Antiques Store, 200 W. Redlands Blvd. (909-793-5050) and Treasures, 411 E. State St. (909-792-2700).
Carrying on the tradition in Yucaipa is Kreps Carriage Barn Antiques, 31181 Outer Highway 10 (909-794-3919) as well as a few other shops a little farther east on Yucaipa Boulevard.
And in Banning, the Cobb Web Antique Mall is fun to visit at 1434 W. Ramsey St. (951-849-1989).
Now, I must tell you, I take my time in antique stores, so you don’t want to go antique shopping with me if you are in a hurry. We might find a shoebox full of old postcards on the front counter and I still will be standing there looking through them after you have toured the whole rest of the shop.
Another thing that will stop me in my tracks is books. If I happen to come across a case full of old dusty books, I will study each one as if it was a precious jewel.
I suppose books and postcards are of special interest to me because they both are vanishing species of a sort. People read electronic devices now instead of
books, and they send home electronic pictures instead of postcards when they are on vacation.
I’ve noticed that certain other things of the endangered species sort are turning up more and more often these days in antique stores. Typewriters, for
example. These used to be practical necessities. Now, in the digital age, they are just old curiosities.
I’m seeing a lot of old film cameras, too. Like typewriters, they don’t have real jobs any more. They are antiques now.
I wonder what we will see next, in the antique shops of tomorrow.
Fancy pen sets, perhaps, and other stationery supplies? Nobody writes any more, after all.
Flower vases? Nobody takes time to smell the roses any more, do they?
Classic children’s toys and games, such as marbles, jacks and pick up sticks? Kids don’t care for games any more that don’t have a computer in them.
I predict that gloves and mittens will become popular antiques, too. As humans continue to use their thumbs as primary digits, playing their computer games and texting and tweeting on their handheld devices, our species will
evolve elongated, tapered thumbs with sharpened points. Our other fingers will deform into smaller appendages with little or no role.
In antique stores of the future, shoppers may well marvel at old-fashioned gloves and mittens and wonder what on earth they are, and for what strange purpose they were used.
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