NATIONAL CHERISH AN ANTIQUE DAY
Each year, National Cherish an Antique Day encourages us to seek the deeper story behind treasures and family heirlooms. Observed annually on April 9th, the day reminds us that sometimes there is more to antiques than just a dollar sign.
Do you have something special that was passed down from your parents, grandparents or great-grandparents? The day provides us an opportunity to learn the story and the history behind our treasured antiques. It’s an excellent time to record the provenance and preserve it for safekeeping. Over the years, family members collect items from their travels or that remind them of a moment from their past. They may be cherished because of personal or emotional connections. Often a colorful story tells how it came into the family making it even more valuable as an heirloom.
You might discover stories like this one:
When Grandma explains she stood in line for hours to have her copy of her favorite book signed by the author, only to have the author stop signing right before it was her turn, you might begin to understand. And yet, she has a signed copy? Then she goes on to explain that Grandpa went back the next day and stood in line again and had the book signed for her. He then tucked an engagement ring between the pages so that it poked out the top of the book and gave it to her on one knee.
Many more stories like these are all around us, ready to be discovered. Talk to your parents, grandparents and other family members. Uncover the histories and so much more.
HOW TO OBSERVE #CherishAnAntiqueDay
- Give your antiques some attention. Write down the stories attached to them. Whether they are personal or more directly related to the object, the item comes to life when the history attached to them is linked to them.
- Share your favorite antiques.
- Explore antique shops and estate sales.
- Use #CherishAnAntiqueDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL CHERISH AN ANTIQUE DAY HISTORY
National Day Calendar continues to research the origins of this unique storytelling holiday.
Q. Are antiques important?
A. Some antiques carry history with them. They tell the parts of the stories of days gone by. Some retain beauty long after their usefulness.
Q. How do I know if an antique has any value?
A. An antique’s value can be determined by an antique dealer, various books, historians, and other experts. It’s value may depend on the demand from other collectors.