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Hunting for Treasures

Hunting for Treasures

The summer of 2020 will go down in the history books as no other. In trying to maintain distancing and follow guidelines to reduce the spread of COVID-19, we’ve had to change our usual plans and lean towards activities that include small numbers of people and take place largely outdoors or in well-ventilated areas. I believe with challenges comes innovations and we are seeing this all across the country.

This year, there will be limited (or no) access to theme parks, water parks, concerts and sporting events. Instead, we see families and couples and individuals hitting the road for state and national parks, or planning stay-cations at home with a small, trusted circle of family and friends.

Something that seems to be a relatively safe activity would be to go antiquing. I like to think of this as a treasure hunt. You are hunting for something you aren’t exactly sure of, but once you find it, it’s worth its weight in gold! Many antique stores across the country are now able to be open while following state mandated safety and health guidelines. Although many of the large flea markets have been cancelled or postponed, with a visit to a small antique store, you might just hit the jackpot.

Whether you are looking for a large item, like a vintage dresser, or some dainty English teacups, the search is almost as much fun as the find. Be sure to call ahead if you are banking on a specific shop being open, but likewise, if you enjoy a leisurely drive and won’t be overly disappointed if you’ve picked an off day, then a call isn’t necessary.

Lastly, if you don’t mind a fixer-upper, your drive might score you some riches on the side of the road. Remember, “One man’s trash, is another man’s treasure.” An old desk can be transformed into a thing of beauty with a little elbow grease.

As always, stay healthy and safe and enjoy the hunt!

Shelley Nicholson

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