When was this made?

We are in the midst of moving.  It is almost over, thank god.  I have had a few thoughts on furniture and clothing since these are the two main categories that we have either tossed, sold or just gotten rid of.

Any furniture, that has any providence, such as an antique by a certain designer should be signed and dated.  If art is signed and dated, why isn’t certain pieces of furniture?  It would certainly make it easier for everybody if that information was available on the furniture instead of having to do research.  Is the piece really who we think it is by?  Is it a replica and if it is, then mark it on the furniture. Even if a piece is made by Crate and Barrel, the date it was made should be somewhere on the piece where nobody can see if but you can find it if you need it. 

We found out that a piece we own wasn’t by who we we thought it was.  Major research was done and low and behold, it was misrepresented from the seller.  The seller is stepping up to the plate but if the piece was signed and dated, it would have made life a lot easier.

Clothing should absolutely be dated.  Just add it to the label.  My mantra on clothing is if you haven’t worn it in the past year, then it should be tossed unless it is a designer such as a Chanel suit or a Yves Saint Laurent coat, etc.  These become classics regardless of what comes back.  Understood that when fashions come back in they never come back exactly as they were before.  But, a top designer is always worth keeping. 

Fred has a variety of sport coats.  He wanted to keep a few, I succumbed.  He had one on this morning and I couldn’t decide if the cut of the jacket was passe.  Neither of us could remember when we bought it.  If only there was a date inside that jacket, then we would have known.  It would have been a big fashion help this morning.

Just some food for thought.  Personally, I am a huge tosser.  Always have been.  I like things neat and organized and I am definitely a bit of a fashion victim.  Although as I get older, I am not so extreme but I do like the latest and greatest. 

Dates, please…

Comments (Archived):

  1. Doug

    Where are you moving? I don’t need the address, just the zip code. As a 10014 resident, I’ve been reading your restaurant reviews for a long time. I even bumped into you and Fred at The Little Owl.

  2. ellen

    I, wholeheartedly, agree with marking everything. I have wanted to go onestep further and take a picture and then put a description of each item under the picture in a folder or online in an inventory program.
    I have been thinking about this since we got our first digital camera years ago. Right, still thinking about it. The task is daunting. At least marking the item seems easier.

    The piece of furniture you purchased that wasn’t what it was supposed to be brought back a memory of an auction where a couple bought some duck decoys. When this couple got separated, they fought over their prized decoys and finally got an appraiser to correctly put a price on them. Turned out that they were fake and had been bought at a “reputable” auction house in Maine. They had to sue the auction house. As it turns out they lost their $35,000 investment.

    As for husbands with old clothes, it is always a debate. Husband wants to keep it , wife wants to throw it out. Husband shows wife it is still useful and wears it the day wife decides to throw out item. By next week it will be back in the bottom of his closet. At that point just donate it and tell him it got lost in the move.

  3. Ann

    Are you still on Tenth Street or where? Live in Europe now, but want to know where in N.Y. It makes a difference…to know where exactly in N.Y. you live.