For someone who never laid eyes on Pinterest, my grandma had a Pinterest perfect house with tablescapes and seasonal decorations and all kinds of interesting bric-a-brac. I wanted to take a picture of the milk glass because it's been in this hutch for as long as I can remember, through more houses than I can count. Now that she's gone, I don't know how long the collection will remain together.
When I was growing up, Grandma had envelopes on the bottom of furniture, indicating what was to go to who when she died. But she didn't keep any of that furniture until she died. There's the hutch...and the oak table, which as far as I know don't have envelopes.... I could probably count one one hand the big pieces of furniture that I remember from my early childhood.
She'd buy great antiques, keep them for a little while, then sell those and find neater ones. I could probably learn a lesson from that. Not every piece of furniture has to stay in the family forever. (Just to be clear -- family pieces have stayed in the family. It was the auction and thrift store finds that were temporary.)
How about you? Do your vintage treasures just pass through the house? Or is it like our house where they're absorbed and never allowed to leave?