Think of the craftsmanship used in making wooden spoons, tailored accessories, or handwritten journals. These keepsakes evoke strong memories, and it isn't so surprising that past personal belongings—even those with little monetary value—would be passed down through the generations. Depending upon the age of your heirloom, the care and maintenance will predict its longevity over time. To ensure that antique and vintage pieces are preserved as well as possible, treat them the same way you would important documents: keep them from heat, humidity, sunlight, and pollution.
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