What is Novelty and What is Timeless?

“Regardless of the popular literary trend of the times, write the thing which lies close to your heart.”
― Bess Streeter Aldrich

I think that is such sage advice and the best way to stay true to who we are and what we care about.  Today's blog post will touch on why we become so captivated by novelty and trends.  Some trends come and go so quickly that we have a hard time keeping up with what is "hip and now".  Being someone that rarely concerns myself with trends, that type of speed suits me just fine because I had no intention of keeping up in the first place. That being said, there are so many other times we fall prey to the novelty of trends.

Growing up in the 70's and 80's, we represented the perfect testing ground or "guinea pigs", if you will, for all those glorious trends of the day i.e. (Hang Ten, Ditto's, leg warmers, flavored lip gloss, Bubblelicious chewing gum, rainbow suspenders). The list goes on and on! I recall the first real trend that became part of my DNA was the transistor radio. Even with the flashiness and technologically advanced 8-Track Tape that was on the scene - the ease, size and style of the transistor radio was my favorite source of music. You could just toss one around your wrist and take your music on the go with you while playing in the street with the other neighborhood kids.

Some may not remember the birth of the hottest, new stereo breakthrough product called "The Bone Fone" but I most certainly do! Once I saw the advertisements for it, I was mesmerized and completely entranced by this stereo-quality radio (slash) fashion statement!

Once I had accumulated enough birthday money, car washing money and weekly chore allowance, I couldn't buy it FAST ENOUGH!

I took it everywhere with me. I took it to the park, jogging, while riding my Ten Speed bike for hours and I'm pretty sure I frequently fell asleep with it on. Perhaps there is no coincidence that these were my most formative years and that is why I remember this time so clearly. But just as with all trends, ultimately, one trend ends and is replaced by another.  The other happened to be the more practical, efficient and custom designed music playing device called the "Walkman". The unveiling of the Walkman sealed the fate of "The Bone Fone" forever.

Why all this nostalgia for what some would consider ancient history? Well, because while some things change, such as music playing devices - music itself is timeless and a forever-lasting part of our existence. The novelty of 8-Track tapes, transistor radios, the "Bone Fone" and the "Walkman" all had their place in history but faded by the way-side for more efficient methods to enjoy high-quality sounding music.

Throughout the centuries of furniture concept, design, style and function, their purpose and appeal remain as constant as music. Furniture represents an art form that survives novelty and trends. You can count on the best made and well designed furniture to withstand the test of time just as all the best generations of quality music has.

While the novelty of "The Bone Fone" eventually wore off, those 1970's retro sofa's, end tables and consoles are still gracing homes of vintage furniture lovers, hipster abodes and eclectic-loving dwellings everywhere. When you are searching for furniture for your home, do not forget to make a meaningful purchase that will stand the test of time and add some flair to your surroundings!

I know I should have somehow found a way to hold onto this AWESOME gold, mid-century leisure chair pictured below. Don't mind me, I am just listening to the fresh new single called "Funky Town" by Lips, Inc. LOL!

Always stay classy,

Julie Hickman

Project Vintage US





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