I started collecting Indian artifacts when I was a kid. When I married (my present wife) we were in New Orleans several years and she began art calsses at the Newcomb College so, natch, we started collecting Newcomb Pottery. Since then (ts been like 30 years) weve gotten interested in many types of antiques but like you, when we had money to blow, we always bought antiques over new stuff.
Weve since "deaccessioned" some stuff, but only to get money to buy something better.
There is something about a good hand crafted antique that cant be matched by any machine made stuff. (Although theres lots of modernist stuff that is design crafty but machine made,)
We have a kitchen dinette set of a stainless steel table with inlaid formica "Fake marbkeized pattern" and stainless bent leg chairs with a shiny vinyl (red and grey) upholstery.
We got the things at a yard sale and then spent almost 1000$ getting it all redone to look new. (I know, dont mess with finishes but this wasnt for a collection, it was gonna be the center of our breakfas area)
Our Newcomb College pottery collection is in a collection "Safe storage" service cause were really scared to have it displayed in the open . SOOO we are probably gonna sell that stuff when the market returns more. (Its been coming back for the last 2 years or so)
Ive begun a collection of teething marbles. These are very big glass marbles that were used in the 19th century for kids to keep in their mouths when they teethed. They are about 2" in diameter so the kid couldnt swallow em. They have many glass patterns , cats eyes, sorta mille fiore style, and sulfur inlaids.
I also have a bunch of Pa German Blanket chests (26 in total) and they are all over the house, in the barn, and in our new studio .