Monday 6th March 2023 - Belle Gait
We take a look at some of the unexepected health benefits from a hobby
Collecting antiques is a great way to explore world history, gain an increased appreciation for the craftsmanship of a bygone era, and relax from the stresses of everyday life. Antiques provide an opportunity to connect with something that's been around for centuries and experience its unique beauty. You may not have considered that collecting antiques can be highly beneficial to one's health, social life and personal well-being.
Collecting antiques can be an excellent source of physical activity, from restoring your antiques to traveling and visiting different places, such as auction houses, to find the perfect piece. In the process, one gets out of their chair and explores the world, providing a great way to exercise while having fun! Remember, if the auction house is just too far away, you can trawl the troves of our online sales to find your next antique.
Furthermore, collecting antiques can be a great way to relieve stress while giving you a sense of purpose and accomplishment. Studying different types of antiques, their eras, distinguishing marks, and learning how to care for them helps stimulate the brain, leading to improved memory retention and cognitive function. Exploring older literature and gaining an understanding of the evolution from traditional tradespersons techniques helps to keep the knowledge alive as we pass this information on to our family and friends.
Antique collecting also offers an opportunity to cultivate creativity. Perhaps you've always wanted to upcycle a stunning piece of furniture. Maybe you don't consider yourself to be crafty enough to rework an antique completely, but you have an eye for interior design; something as simple as adding an antique bookshelf or putting on-display vintage tools in their new home in your home can get our creative juices flowing.
Collecting antiques can also be a fantastic way of connecting with other people. Connecting with others who share the same hobby can foster relationships based on a common interest and lead to lifelong friendships. It's a great way to meet new people, reduce loneliness, learn about different cultures, and explore topics in greater depth.
Finally, collecting antiques can be an incredibly gratifying experience. It provides a sense of accomplishment and pride in being able to track down the perfect antique piece for your collection. Collecting antiques is also a great way to pass on something special from one generation to another, making it an invaluable family heirloom.
As you can see, collecting antiques provides many physical, mental, and social benefits. Whether collecting for an investment or simply to add beauty to the home, collecting antiques is a fun and rewarding hobby anyone can enjoy! Get started by checking out the antiques on offer this week with our esteemed auctioneers.