Often times when I am out scouting for old things to buy, I hear folks talking about “how things just aren’t made like they used to be.” There are complaints about how their washing machine stopped running after having it for seven years or that some tool made in China broke after using it two times. The conversation will then turn to how their parents had household items for years and years and never gave up the ghost. Refrigerators would run for twenty umpteen years and hand tools would last for generations. The pride of craftsmanship was evident in the by-gone days and items were built to last for a good long time.
Every once in awhile I will join in on some of the conversations or just give a subtle head nod in agreement with them. Walking away, I chuckle and think I may be an old soul because I am so drawn to old things with character and beauty.
My recent quest for that “sturdy and well made old thing” landed me some wonderful scales – some household scales and smaller postage scales.
I even found an old rusty metal gauge of some kind that has a handsome and rugged industrial look to it with nice numbers on the face. Fun colors of green, rusty brown metal… …and aged to perfection, like the freckled spotted face on the one above. Oh, and might I add, that all of these were made in the USA.Old scales look great displayed in a group or simply set something on top of them for a lovely vignette, such as shown in the photos below.
Lovely old treasures…wonderfully crafted and aged to perfection. So here’s to a measure of recognition for all of the good things that were built to last and withstand the test of time.