I grew up in an area rich in history in the South surrounded by tales of the past. It's unsurprising that I am passionate about objects that provide powerful connections to our history. Possibly my best experiences as a trader relate to returning lost family heirlooms to the rightful descendants.
As for many of us, it is the finding and not the having for me. When a customer says, 'this reminds me of something my grandmother wore every day', I feel I have done my job connecting someone powerfully to the meaning of their past. No matter where it is, never forget where you come from.