I am not a big supporter of "Out with the old and in with the new". Things were just made better in the old days (My goodness I'm starting to sound like my mother!) The fact is, though, craftsmen just seem to have had more pride in quality and workmanship before, in everything they did. My philosophy is to repurpose and re-use older, better constructed things.
Recently a woman called me because she visited a furniture store where they had a great selection of artistically decorated painted furniture, mainly dressers and hutches, but other items too.