Everything old is new again!


Is there anything of which it may be said,
“See, this is new”?
It has already been in ancient times before us. ECC 1:10 NKJV

The song Everything’s Old is New Again is the modern-day equivalent of today’s verse.  But that’s not all…We see it in fashion, architecture, furniture, even appliances, and other songs.  I’m sure many of you reading this post, can think of other things where everything old is new again.

Let’s look at some things we mentioned.

Fashion.  From fringe to leather to velvet and classic styles like Coco Chanel’s easy pieces.  Anything and everything goes in today’s fashion houses.  But certain styles return…from the 30s & 40s, the peep-toe shoes, to the 60s mod styles and bell bottoms.  While there is a twist in some of these styles, it only proves everything old is new again like the verse says.

Architecture.  I come from a family of contractors so my experience has been with residential construction.  I’ve always loved the craftsman style homes of the 20s and 30s and they are back today with the same “look” but with modern materials and modern conveniences that builders didn’t have back in the day.  I find it interesting the Early New Englanders built what they called “salt box” style homes in the early years of our country.  In the 1970s, this style was resurrected once again, with modern materials and conveniences, not to mention the sizes of these homes are much bigger than the ones back in the day.

Furniture from the 1960s is now considered mid-century modern and is all the rage.  Who would have thought that a weird chair sitting in my grandmother’s living room now is a classic style that millennials find fascinating?

This one is interesting.  On Facebook, I’ve seen modern takes on old-time stoves.  When pictures are displayed, you’d be amazed at how many people would love to have that modern “antique” appliance in their kitchen.

And songs.  Back in the 1980s, my daughters took dance lessons and listened to a lot of music. I remember them coming home one evening and my eldest saying, “Mom, you should hear the new song that just came out.”  I told her it was a remake.  She didn’t believe me and argued with me that it was brand new.  So the first time I heard it on the radio with them in the car, I sang along with the new artist.  The beat was a little different, but the lyrics were the same. My daughters couldn’t get over that it was an old song. I think it was their first exposure to “everything old is new again”.

We can look to the Bible for verses that tell us that nothing is new under the sun.  Many relationships and situations we find in the Bible are present in today’s society.  One simply has to look for them in the pages of that timeless book.

If you live long enough, you see history repeat itself in these areas and many more, too.  What examples can you think of where everything old is new again!


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