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“In Search of the Eclectic”



I came across this article through Chicago Gallery News because I like to keep up with what’s going on in the art scene in Chicago, and while this piece is more about a private collection than a gallery open to the public, Sally Schwartz‘s collecting, or ahem, hoarding habit, reminds me a little bit of myself. Schwartz runs the Randolph St Market Festival, which is a monthly flea market that features hundreds of local Chicago vendors and artisans. So constantly being around all these treasures is right up her alley.

I’ve also gone antiquing with my parents over the years and have developed an interest in collecting unique, interesting items as I see them, rather than waiting to buy things when I need them. This has resulted in several boxes of random things that I’m storing in my parents’ attic, probably much to their dismay. But I blame them for instilling this love for antiquing in me!

M Lindsay Photography

I enjoyed how the article illustrates Schwartz and her husband bringing their collections together, even though they are so different – hers comprised of older vintage pieces and his of newer modern pieces. I can also identify with the fact that while their children are intrigued by their collections, they claim they’ll get rid of everything one day. I sometimes get frustrated by the sheer volume of things my parents collect and dream about the burden that would be lifted if I got rid of everything; but, on the other hand, there are so many stories tied to the pieces and sentimental value connected to them, that I may end up holding on them 🙂 Just as Schwartz is holding on to her collection in case the kids change their minds. How about these photos of their collection…dreamy!

The purge


Growing up as a child of art and antique collectors, I am developing an aversion to stuff. It’s not that I don’t like art and antiques; quite the contrary, as I have started collecting both myself and I have boxes of items in the attic to decorate my future place with. But I am starting to detach myself from material objects because stuff can just be so overwhelming, and a minimalist approach seems liberating and freeing. There is a fine line between collecting items that we cherish and actually want to use (yes, serving as decoration counts as a use!) and collecting things for the sake of collecting and wanting to add to that collection over time. The latter is where you can get into trouble and be left with countless things that leave you wondering, “What was I thinking when I bought this?” or “This is not my taste anymore…” It’s also hard to find the value in storing things for the future, because honestly, who knows when you’ll actually use them (says the girl who has boxes of things for the future in the attic, which I actually have weeded out!)

As my parents recently had an estate sale and were deciding what to keep or sell, I find myself quick to wanting to sell a lot that I may have previously wanted to keep, because getting rid of things feels so damn good! Here are some pictures from the estate sale, and I was actually very surprised by all that was sold.

Perhaps the solution to the desire to purge stuff, and having a love for collecting antiques, is to have a little antique shop. This way you can still appreciate antiques and they can be part of your life, but they don’t have to take up space in your home.