The next few years will bring a change in the way people think about antiques. A preservationist instinct will take over, with people being less concerned with collecting items for age, beauty, or value, and instead collect items for historical significance. There will especially be an explosion of collectors with a great interest in regional history, collecting items from local department stores, restaurants, closed movie theaters, and the like. Clubs will form where collectors bring new items they have found, along with stories they have researched about the items, resulting in groups of people who are intimately familiar with the history of their town, neighborhood — even of something as localized as the house they live in.


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