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 purchased for $5 at a garage sale is worth hundreds of dollars. Everyone gets rich!  But, unfortunately, 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
1. 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. Nobody wants that in their entranceway or living room.
2. Must hold value- If no one is willing to pay for it, it's not worth anything.
3. Age- At least 25 years old and fits #1 and #2, tada, it's VINTAGE!  100 years old and fits #1 and #2, it's ANTIQUE!!
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.
Its that simple...but not. If you don't know? ASK.
Let me now how I can help.
Melissa
Beatles trading cards from the 1960's
What Constitutes Vintage? Vintage vs. Antique Defined