What is Vintage?

There are many definitions for the word vintage and you hear it a lot, but basically, it's age. We consider 25 years or older to be vintage.   

Where 1990 may be the "newest vintage" out there, as things get older and harder to find they can be a bit more valuable, if there is demand.

If you have items from the 1920's to the 1980's and you aren't sure what to do with them, or you think they might be junk, don't hesitate to ask! CONTACT the Vintage Garage You may find you get a few bucks for items you thought were worthless.  In fact, the Vintage Garage now has appraisals on the 3rd Sunday, April through October.  Bring it in and we'll look at it for free.

Don’t get a dumpster and put an entire estate into it.  Many have told the stories about what they THOUGHT was junk and it’s gone.  What you think is possibly got value may not and what you threw away may.  

This isn’t to say there won’t be plenty you can throw away but you need to ask someone if you aren’t sure.  People who are passionate about vintage would rather look than not.  Don't be afraid to ask. 

Vintage markets, antique malls, second-hand stores and flea markets are great places to hunt for old stuff.  It can often be more affordable and unique than what you will buy at the mall today!    

We consider vintage to be anything 25 years or older. That would be items from the 1990's or prior.

More items were made in the United States and Europe pre-1990. Post 1990, more items went to Asia for production instead.  You can generally find more items, well made from in the US and Europe pre-1990.

Not only are many items made around 1990 and prior, higher quality, but there is the nostalgia factor too.

1990 was the start of a new decade and awesome inventions like the Tamagotchi, Sky Dancers and American Girl Dolls.  Bop-It was a hot game with a great commercial and Lisa Frank ruled the little girl craft and stationary world. Clothing and fashion saw trends like jelly shoes, Doc Martens, scrunchies and whatever they were wearing on "Friends".

Other noteworthy 1990 events: McDonald's opened it's first restaurant in Russia; popular baby names were Christopher and Michael for boys and Jessica and Ashley for girls; cell phones weren't readily accessible and those that were = big.  There was no internet.  We went to malls and movies to entertain ourselves.  Grunge was underway.  2016 seemed like a lifetime away.

Check below for info on vintage categories and collectibles.

Happy Hunting! 

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Vintage Matters!

Vintage Furniture

Chicago Antique Appraisals

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Vintage Garage Chicago toys and vintage on the 3rd Sunday Uptown Chicago
Pearsall blue quilted chair and ottoman at the Vintage Garage Chicago Uptown monthly, Midcentury Modern
Vintage Garage Chicago customers bringing out their coin-op June show

The Chicago Vintage Clothing and Jewelry Show will take place March 2, 3pm to 8pm, March 3, 2018. 10am to 5pm at 5649 N. Sheridan Road, Chicago, IL 60660. St. Andrews Greek Orthodox Church at the corner of Hollywood and N. Sheridan Road. The official website is www.vintageclothingandjewelry.com

The 2018 Vintage Garage dates are April 15, May 20, June 17 , July 15, August 19, September 16, and October 21. There will be 100 vendors offering cool vintage and antique pieces every 3rd Sunday, April to October. Vintage Garage is located at 5051 N. Broadway, Chicago, IL 60640. Hours are 10:00 am to 5:00 pm with a $5 admission. Official website is www.vintagegaragechicago.com.

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