Today’s Ragtag Daily Prompt is Vintage. What a perfect word for my life.
I am vintage! Not antique, just vintage…..not quite old enough for the antique definition but firmly within the vintage category. For over 40 years, I have collected and resold antiques. I consider myself an antiques dealer but mostly I sell items of the vintage category.
The US government in 1930 defined “antique” as
an item produced before 1830.
In the United States, mass production of items began about 1830 so the government felt that handcrafted items should have more value thus items needed to be more than 100 years old to be officially classified as antique. This definition is widely accepted in the antiques community.
This same antiques community defines vintage as items usually more than 20 years old but less than 100. By that definition, most of what is found in antiques malls, at estate sales and other resale venues are really just vintage not antique. That being said, it does not in any way diminish a vintage piece’s collectiblity because eventually those vintage pieces will become antique if we hold onto them long enough.
I’ve always believed you should live with what you love, whatever makes you happy, whatever feeds your soul. For me it’s antiques and vintage pieces I can collect and sometimes sell.
I am vintage. I sort of like the sound of that.
This post is a response to Ragtag’s Word Prompt of the Day – Vintage.