Too often I hear clients complain that their adult kids don’t care about all of their antiques collecting dust in the cabinet. They have worked so hard to preserve great grandma’s tea cups, or sterling coffee service and now––no one cares (and Ikea is just down the road). There is a real fear of losing family history associated with these things that sat like museum pieces, only to be looked at, dusted occasionally, and rarely used.
On a recent trip to Toronto I stumbled upon THE most amazing antique store in North America: Cynthia Findlay Antiques. I spoke with some of the staff about how people need to let their kids (yes kids) use the fine things in the house. Things will get broken, but what good are they if no one uses them? And you risk losing touch with the traditions of the past.
Also, a generation who doesn’t know how to use delicate things will, according to the New York Times, be less capable with their fine motor skills. In other words, you can’t teach this with an iPad.
I inherited some fine tea cups and saucers from my grandmother and I remember as a child that she would finish each meal with dessert and tea. These memories create value for me. You will find tea served at our office at least once a week in these fine vessels and our team members in their 30’s, who didn’t grow up around this tradition, are suddenly interested in the history and craftsmanship of Aynsley, Paragon, and Limoges. So next time you have the grandkids over get out the good china, and tell them the story of their family.