Annals of Ephemera, Part III: Aging 2.0
Aging dye, one of the many materials found in the Making Memories Distressing Kit
When I was little, my mother had an acquaintance who purchased, at
considerable expense, a piece of brand-new furniture. Soon afterwards,
she paid someone (at even greater expense) to turn it into an antique.
The transformation was both rapid and remarkable, begging the question:
how did this happen?
“Easy!” replied the acquaintance. “We hired someone to beat it with chains.”
The image of someone being well-compensated for performing what was
essentially a hatchet job on a spanking-new table struck me then, as
now, as rather strange. (At the time, it also provided a tangible image
for my then newly-minted understanding of the word arriviste
.) Yet as
time went on, I began to notice a slow but steady increase in the
public consumption of such things...