A Craze for Old Charms

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A Craze for Old Charms

A huge revival for the love and use of old things worldwide!
by Celia Theart

For some of us there is nothing more exciting than to find a vintage or antique item, a hidden treasure that reminds us of our lives as children and grandchildren. Most houses have remnants of treasured items of a time gone by and are passed on from one generation to the other. There are many collectors boasting huge collections of jewellery, furniture, porcelain and paintings who are still looking at extending their collection. Sometimes they buy and sell to make a living.

What is more exciting nowadays, however is that there is a huge revival for the love and use of old things worldwide.

We have a new generation who are acutely aware of the importance of creative and innovative upscaling. For many of them it has become a hobby to hunt for that special something that will fit into a specific place in the house or garden. They then upscale it into something different or restore it to its former glory.  They get ideas on Pinterest and other sites and find it interesting to try and make something new out of nothing. For the young ones, Rust is the New Gold, and for some this is the ultimate in green living!

The vintage buyer is often looking for building materials such as doors which enable them to give their buildings that old time look. The same applies to furniture. The quality of materials used in the past and its affordability enables up scaling or refurbishing into a well made piece. There is also a craze for vintage clothing because of its unique timelessness and the opportunity of restyling.

This in turn leads to more shops opening all over towns and cities all selling these special items.  Vintage markets and pop-up shops attract vendors from far and wide. Auctions also abound with a wide variety of articles on sale for different tastes. Another trend is antique shows and vintage markets. Traders and buyers travel far and wide to attend.

For many it is much easier to get involved in virtual selling and buying. It is much easier to look for an item online than it is to visit many shops or outlets before you find what you are looking for.  Online shopping also offers traders a much wider audience and buyers huge ranges of items they might never have seen.

Often a popular item gets sold as soon as it is uploaded on to a website or Facebook page. Some of these sites and pages offer a “buy now” function or allows for bidding. Shipping is normally for the account of the buyer.

There is definitely a trend for the older style, in fact there is an explosion in this retail sector of the previously viewed “white elephant”, as well as for the collector looking for something special.

So get on to the band wagon and have fun. Upscaling is here to stay. 

A good degree or professional certification can help secure an interview for your dream job, but once you’re sitting in front of the recruiter or potential employer, you’ll need to show what you can offer in addition to your qualifications. Today’s top employers are looking for more than the right training and education. They are seeking employees who are well-rounded, adaptable, committed and a good fit for their organisational culture. Here are a few attributes that recruiters and potential employers look for.


1   Mind-seT: Employers are looking for attitude as much as they’re looking for aptitude when they hire. They’d rather develop someone with the right outlook who needs some training than hire someone with great skills and low motivation. Honesty, accountability, flexibility, curiosity and commitment are all as important to employers as your qualifications. If you can show that you’re motivated, upbeat, and eager to learn, that will give you an edge in the job market.


2   Interpersonal skills: Today’s workplace is diverse and collaborative, which means that most organisations are looking for people with high levels of emotional intelligence. Someone with good interpersonal skills is more likely to thrive than a superstar who lacks the tact and professionalism needed to play well with others. As good as your degree and experience might be, a recruiter or potential employer will also want to know that you can collaborate and lead.


3    Life experience: Employers often like to see that their employees have interests outside work and that they can bring diverse life experiences to their job. A modern office is a multi-disciplinary environment. The leadership skills you learned as a school rugby captain, the strategic thinking you developed playing competitive chess, the ability you developed to write clearly from your love of reading, your exposure to different cultures during a gap year of travelling – these can all be as valuable to an employer as your formal qualifications.


4    Work experience: Young jobseekers often feel caught in a catch-22 situation – they can’t get experience because no one will give them a job and they can’t get a job because they have no experience. Against this backdrop, it’s important to seek out experience to add to your CV. You can volunteer at a charity (many non-profit organisations need help in disciplines such as IT, finance or marketing), take vacation jobs, or start up a small business to sharpen your skills and get practical experience.

5    Cultural fit:The question of how you’ll fit in will generally be top-of-mind for someone interviewing you for a job. Cultural fit is about how likely you will be able to adapt to the core values and collective behaviours that make up an organisation. Having the right fit with a company means you’ll be happier at work and that you’ll be more likely to perform to the organisation’s expectations.  There are many factors that shape a corporate culture – corporate policies, geographic location, industry, size, the personalities of the founders and managers, values, and more - and the trick is to find a place to work that suits your personality and working style. 

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