It doesn't take money to have style, it just takes a really good eye. Sometimes, you can find amazing culinary antiques that will make it feel like an old French kitchen. Tyler Florence, chef and television host
Some say the antique syndrome surfaced to offset the newness of the land, the homes, and the settlers. Some say the interest was initiated by a desire to return to the roots of yesterday. I contend the entire movement to acquire antiques was born out of sheer respect of things that lasted longer than fifteen minutes. Erma Bombeck, American humorist
Antiques exist as evidence of the cultural tracks we made in the past. Ai Weiwei, Chinese contemporary artist and activist
I believe your home tells a story about who you are and who you aspire to be. We represent ourselves through the things we own. I don't believe in trends. I believe in collecting things that you connect with. We should surround ourselves with things we care about, that have meaning. Nate Berkus, American interior designer
One of the things that attracts me to vintage and antique things is they have stories, and even if I don't know the stories, I make them up. Mary Kay Andrews
The whole point of collecting is the thrill of acquisition, which must be maximized, and maintained at all costs. John Baxter, A Pound of Paper: Confessions of a Book Addict

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HOW TO CHECK IF YOUR CHINA IS CRACKED.
Sometimes even the keenest eye cannot see the fine crack in a china vase, teapot or cup. The ear never lies. Simply hold the vase lightly, being careful not to drop it and tap on the side with your finger nail (gently). It should “ring true”, sounding crisp like crystal. If it sounds dull , then it is most likely cracked.

Our admiration of the antique is not admiration of the old, but of the natural. Ralph Waldo Emerson