|Antiques- The Business of Recycling
|Ogee's Antiques on Ruby Lane
Antiques; the Business of Recycling
for local artists. Antiques were an afterthought as a means of displaying
the art work and having another potential commodity for sale, hence we
included the word antiques in our name, Ogee's Art & Antiques. We bought
oak furniture pieces (oak was popular in the 70’s in Idaho) and began
refinishing until we had a good foundation to open our shop. We opened
the door two weeks before our Grand Opening and after the first week we
the auction house, feverishly refinished more oak and had a respectable
showing when we officially opened the doors. That was the beginning of
our recycling business.
We were not like the typical antiques dealers, we had not been collectors.
We started selling antiques as a business, as a means to make money to
pay bills. However it didn't take long before we realized that we gained
pleasure from restoring discarded pieces of furniture and giving them new
life, in essence, recycling them.
We reluctantly gave up on the art gallery aspect of our business and
branched out with the antiques and collectibles. We have dealt with many
facets of the business over the years. Besides furniture, we have restored
antique lighting fixtures bringing new light to new homes. Old toys bring
smiles to new generations. We have taken care that most everything we
sell works as it did when it was originally sold whether it is a wind up toy or
an electric toaster. We have always encouraged our customers to use the
items they purchased. Why not buy an old ice cream scoop instead of new
one, they both do the same job? An old pottery planter has just as much
use today as it originally did and it keeps one more item out of the landfill.
External horn phonographs have always been one of our favorites. Sure
they look great but we sold them emphasizing they were to be used and
enjoyed and not meant to be dust collectors…plus they’re still fun if the
lights go out or if you want entertainment on that one night a week when
you chose to not to use the electricity!
We feel the antiques business is unique. We are only caretakers of items,
recycling them, often with a bit of a facelift, allowing old items to have a
new life with someone else. It is important to us that we don’t except that
we are a disposable society and that we preserve what we can of the past
and recycle our heritage for future generations.
The antiques business is truly the ultimate recycling vehicle. We had
always been aware of the importance of recycling but the longer we have
been in the antiques business the more we appreciate the opportunity we
have to recycle more than just paper, glass, tin and aluminum. So enjoy
you’re time on Ruby Lane and “don’t forget to recycle!”