Celebrated in March this is the perfect occasion to appreciate vintage, sort through your clutter, get nostalgic, revisit your past and celebrate old stuff.
This might mean simply wearing your favourite jeans with the frayed cuffs or cleaning out your entire wardrobe or kitchen cabinets and packing off items you no long wear or use to one of our membership organisations. To find one near you use the search box in the right hand column.
Visit one of our membership organisations or an antique store and find yourself something interesting, be it a gramophone, a paisley hat or an original Han Solo action figure still in its original packaging (good luck with that last one).
Sort through all of the old stuff in your home. Do you still need it all? If there’s something you can get rid of, don’t just throw it in the junk; it could make a thoughtful gift, or please take it along to one of our membership organisations. Search for one in the column to the right.
Find some old photographs, trinkets and toys, then share happy memories with friends and family over a coffee. Filling your day with “oldies” of all sorts takes prior planning. Gather food and beverages that remind you of your youth; see if cold cereal from your childhood still tastes as good now as it did then, and plan on macaroni and cheese for dinner. Spend your day visiting one or our membership organisations (we have members all over Scotland) antique shops or your local historical museum, and end the day with a meal of aged beef, pasta with aged Parmesan cheese and a bottle of vintage wine.
Revisit Your Past
Mental and physical activities provide you with a connection to the past and a way to spend your day. Find a cozy spot to settle with a cup of coffee as you contemplate the last year in your life, and write out your thoughts and stories in a blog, letter or journal. Begin your journey by looking though old photos or tackling a photo-organizing project. After reflecting on the past, call or email old friends or family members to re-establish ties.
Most importantly, it’s a day to reflect: We are the present, but our kids are the future, and as they grow it’s our world that will be considered old. CDs and DVDs will certainly become old stuff, and perhaps printed newspapers will too, what with recent developments in glass technologies. But you never know what other everyday objects will eventually become antiquated; perhaps one day the computer will seem outdated and cumbersome as humankind connects via some kind of thought-based WiFi. It’s amazing how quickly science fiction becomes reality, so let’s appreciate the old stuff before we join its ranks!