The Home: TheNew Old

THE HOME

By one rule of thumb, an antique is anything that costs more used than it did new. The standard is more esthetic than functional: a Louis XIV chair is often a precarious support, and a 1926 Packard roadster may be a ruinously expensive way of getting down to the supermarket. But esthetics have nothing to do with the new trend in the antique trade. Its name is "junk." True, it has to be out-of-the-ordinary junk. But to the expert spotter, every attic and old barn in the U.S. is a potential treasure-trove...

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