Does anyone else wonder if there will be any American Antiques in the future? Not the stuff that is around right now that is already considered antique- furniture from the 1700s and whatnot- I imagine that much of that stuff will survive into the future. What I am talking about are "new" american antiques.
Is there anything being created in America today that will appreciate in value or become collectible in the future? Anything with exquisite craftsmanship or extreme rarity? I am sure that some things are probably still being produced by hand, crafted one at a time and one of a kind.... but nothing that I ever see. Sure, pottery and paintings are always being created, but in this information age, masters are identified almost immediately, and their pieces are worth tens of thousands of dollars from the start. I can't see a future where "his/her genius was never recognized during his lifetime, and much of his original works were available to common people."
Amost everything that is produced these days is either clumsy reproduction or a chintzy "one size fits all" design, mass produced with the mentality that fitting neatly on the shelf of [insert big box store here] is more important than its aesthetics or quality of construction.
I am probably being overly broad here- I am sure there there are some things still being made by hand. Just not enough. Being economical and efficient has taken over, and that is a bit depressing.