[inspired by a conversation with Cha]: antiques. They save money. I mean, our house is filled with family pieces for which we did not pay a dime, and which are part of our family's story. We'd never replace them. We regularly gather around the same table where Cindi's grandmother used to serve delicious meals, as did her mother before her. The sideboard goes with the table and has held pies and cakes and assorted goodies for over a hundred years. In Cindi's scrapbooking room, she works on the long two-planked table that used to sit on my grandparent's back porch where we ate many a Sunday meal in the summer time - and the bench that goes with it, we still pull out to use when we have too many bodies for chairs at dinner. By my bed there's a wash stand made by my great great grandfather. Replace it? Never! An old rocking chair found in my grandparent's barn, refinished by Tom, and strengthened by Dave, sits next to the washstand. Bekah's room has my mother's old marble top table - part of a bedroom set that my sister has the rest of. In our living room there's a desk from by aunt's bedroom - rosewood, I think. In the study, there's the secretary from Cindi's side of the family. Our family altar came from the old Richardsville Methodist Church where my family worshipped - it's pushing 150 years now. The point is, all this stuff came to us and cost us absolutely nada, and it's all furniture we'd never replace. Value antiques, folks, and save some bucks - and enjoy that eclectic look that tells a story!
P.S. I should also add that antiques work for decorating too. Again, for nothing when they are family pieces. We have jugs, a milk crock, old medicine bottles, Ladies Home Journals from the teens - they are a hoot!, books galore, pictures and daguerreotypes, an old 5 lb iron, and numerous other such like. They're different from the usual stuff - a bit more interesting and fun!