Having been born and raised on Long Island, New York, and having raised our children in Cape May, New Jersey, I find living in California a whole other world. I’m used to history and wonderful old historic homes. When I voiced this to a native Huntington Beacher, she commented, “This is the west where anything more than 50 years old is considered ancient and is knocked down for new.” I find that sad. There is an upside to this, however. Residents here don’t seem to have much interest in antiques. I can go to a yard sale six hours after it opens and still find vintage toys, furniture, linens, etc. They just want to get rid of it at this late hour, at half price, too.
Here is an antique steamer trunk my husband picked up for $20 at just such a yard sale. In New Jersey I’d pay at least $50 for a trunk at a yard sale. Trunks have been around for thousands of years, but became popular in the US from the 18th to 20th centuries, right up until suitcases were produced. They were called steamer trunks after their storage location in the cabin of a steam ship. We had a domed-top trunk before our move across country, but I’m glad this one is a flat-top. It makes an ideal place for storage and to display my collections.
Here are two wardrobe trunks that were for sale at our local Salvation Army. I absolutely loved the first one, but I have no place to put it, plus it was a bit pricey for me, even at their 25% off price of $265. Sometimes Salvation Army can overprice.