What Constitutes Vintage? Vintage vs. Antique Defined

You've heard of the Antiques Roadshow.

Objects come from basements and attics across America and are worth hundreds, thousands or even more.
Or a magical object they've been purchased for $5 at a garage sale.
Everyone is rich!  Ok. That's not how it really works, but we can talk about that in another post.
So what is antique and what is vintage?

Here's what they have in common.

  • It must be wanted
  • It has to hold value
  • It has an age
  • Someone has to want it- Maybe you found a toilet chair from the late 1800's. Now that's an antique! I'm going to sell it on Etsy!
    NO. No you aren't. You don't put that in your entranceway or living room. Just old and gross.

    Must hold value- If no one is willing to pay for it? No one wants it.  Neither the words vintage or antique fit.

    Age- 25 years old and fits #1 and #2, tada, VINTAGE!  100 years old and fits #1 and #2, ANTIQUE!!

    If the object fits the criteria above, 1993 or prior is VINTAGE. For an ANTIQUE object? 1918 or before.
    Vintage and antiques run through every category from art and silver, toys and vinyl to clothes and jewelry,
    It's all about taste.

    If you have any questions about what constitutes vintage or antiques,  hopefully, this clears it up.

    One last note- Everything is NOT vintage OR antique.
    Just because something is 100 years or older doesn't give it more value than vintage OR any value at all. Someone has to be willing to buy it.
    That simple.
    Thanks and let me know if you have any questions!
    Melissa
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What Constitutes Vintage? Vintage vs. Antique Defined