The Charm of the Antique

posted by Sharon January 29, 2013 18 Comments
Julian antiques

Do you ever feel like the “you” people see is not as shiny and pretty as you would like? Whether it’s from the toll of years of life or you were up with your sick baby in the night or bad news is wearing you down, you may be feeling ragged.

Last week I spent a day in an old mining town that makes no apologies for losing the patina of newness. Peeling paint, broken fences, dusty old things are what you find here. In fact, it’s why people come to visit.

You’ll see signs bragging of the old, the antique.

Even the buildings that are kept up, like the Julian Hotel, have a rustic look. The hotel, built in 1897, boasts a golden front . . .

but around back the steps show their age.

If a crew came in with a truckload of paint and gardening tools and fixed up the tiny town, the charm would disappear. Julian is fascinating because the old is okay, the rough surfaces are the norm. The town puts on no airs. It is simply itself.

If you’re feeling a bit like the old fence, take heart. Your experiences, your problems and worries that have etched wrinkles on your face or left circles under the eyes — these are what make you charming. They are what make you real.

Wishing you a week of being comfortable simply being yourself!

 

Linking up with Fridays Fences, Texture Tuesday, Sweet Shot Tuesdays and Communal Global.
Photos are processed with Kim Klassen’s texture minus 43.

 

 

 

 

 

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18 Comments

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Paul O'Rourke January 29, 2013 at 9:02 am

Some really nice shots, captures the age of the mining town perfectly. Seen from Kent Weakly Sweet Shot Tuesday.

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Janine Smith January 29, 2013 at 10:46 am

Wonderful collection of photos. There’s a certain charm that can be found in places like this.

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marty January 29, 2013 at 11:59 am

Sweet words and some lovely images 🙂

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Stephanie January 29, 2013 at 12:02 pm

This is exactly the type of place I would like to visit – photographer’s heaven! Your shots are terrific.

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Desktop Dreams~ Viv Halliwell January 29, 2013 at 2:45 pm

great shots I love old towns ….

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Teresa Schmid Photography January 29, 2013 at 3:20 pm

Beautiful!

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Tamar Strauss-Benjamin January 29, 2013 at 3:31 pm

Love this! My grandmother loved antiques. I want to ad more to my apartment, but with space limited I am afraid antiques will easily make clutter!

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Evelyn in Oregon January 29, 2013 at 3:56 pm

Wonderful! I’m partial to the aged white fence in the second photo because of your great POV and the detail of the flaking paint. These are such great images.

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theartfuldiva January 29, 2013 at 4:22 pm

so many photo ops in this place!

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Sherry Galey January 29, 2013 at 4:39 pm

Thanks for the encouragement on accepting inevitable aging. I enjoyed being showed around this fascinating old place.

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Carol January 29, 2013 at 5:04 pm

Love that picket fence. Very nice.

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Kim Stevens January 29, 2013 at 6:27 pm

I echo your sentiments here…I wrote about something similar months ago about barns. We don’t hesitate to find the charm in an old run down barn, yet we forget to see that same charm in ourselves and others. You definitely captured some of that charm here.

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Rose February 1, 2013 at 4:01 am

I really enjoyed these photos…always love old stuff.

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Leave It To Davis February 1, 2013 at 5:12 am

Very wise words attached to some colorful pictures. I enjoyed this post very much.

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Carletta February 1, 2013 at 7:04 am

Love the fence and all the rest of the shots!
I enjoyed the story very much. A lovely read.

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Rietvdho@hotmail.com February 1, 2013 at 8:56 pm

What a lovely serie of photo’s. definitely antiques . A bit very old for my taste. :))

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Marie-AZ February 2, 2013 at 6:48 am

Wonderful old fences, and beautiful place! I love all that rustic charm!

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Janis February 2, 2013 at 10:33 pm

Great old..rustic n vintage charm!

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