Another month is here, but this one is special. Tomorrow is July 4th, Independence Day. In a store that embraces history, one of the greatest holidays for us is certainly one that marks the independence of this great nation. We are lucky enough to be living in a city that can be found in history book after history book, and lessons of soldiers and battles can be learned on every corner. We are proud of the wonderful country we live in, the people who have made it their lives’ work to protect it, and the people who made the ultimate sacrifice for the freedoms we often take for granted.
We are all collectors here at Deep Creek. What we collect varies, and while we might not shop as much as we may like, it’s always fun to look through what another vendor has brought in, and ooh and aah over the pieces. History is fun. While sitting in a class listening to a lecture about a soldier fighting in World War I might not seem appealing to many, holding that soldier’s canteen in your hands suddenly makes it seem real. It brings the stories to life. That’s part of the attraction for many of us. What we collect is where history comes to life and is something tangible. The story unfolds before us in the object we hold.
When we think back over how our country has changed, we also think about how our lifestyles have changed. While holidays are times to reflect, many of us reflect back everyday. We collect the flour sifter because it reminds us of baking with grandma in her kitchen. Maybe we collect old clothespins because we remember hanging the laundry on the line to dry. Whatever the memory we are trying to preserve, or the reason that a particular item has struck a chord with us, we decide that an item from the past needs to remain in our present.
This Independence Day, remember the history of the great country we live in, and come visit us as Deep Creek Vintage. Just take a look around at some treasures from the past that we think need to stick around a little longer. Maybe there is a piece of Americana you will find strikes a chord with you. Have a safe and happy 4th of July, and come visit us at the Manor House!