Vintage vs. Antique

I was driving along the other day and was seeing all these Antique shop signs and started to think about the term antique vs. vintage.  I use the term vintage as it relates to my business instead of antique.  Primarily I chose this due to the fact that the word antique reminds me of “fuddy duddy” furniture.  {Mom I apologize since I know your entire house in done in antiques}.

I appreciate antiques and have a couple in my home  but it’s not my style and I wouldn’t paint many true antiques.  The though of painting anything in my mom’s house I think would make both of us cry!  I thought I’d do a little research and see what the actual definition of antique vs. vintage furniture is….

- Antique furniture must be over 100 years old

- Vintage furniture is furniture that is between 30 to 100 years old.  However, technically, the term vintage also refers to furniture that best represents the prevalent style of a period.  So simply being old will not make it vintage.

Vintage furniture is very popular primarily because ….

  • It gives you the chance to decorate in your own unique style
  • It is less expensive than buying new furniture of the same quality.
  • It is one of the greenest ways of furnishing your home, as you are saving furniture from the landfills, and even toxic finishes are not off-gassing any longer.

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2 Responses to Vintage vs. Antique

  1. vanessa says:

    I always wondered about this, thanks for sharing.


  2. Pam says:

    Hi, when people put the word antique on anything that’s just 20 yrs old. I always say when people ask what’s the difference and I tell them what you’ve mentioned above. I know I have “Vintage” furniture in my house, but, not “Antiques”.

    They believe that if they put the word antique in front of it, they’ll get more money. I found it funny when I was on craigs list and saw an item that was antique. I went to it and it mention that the item was made in 1962. I laughed because I was born in 1962 and was never called an antique!! It made for a good laugh!! Have a great sale on the weekend!!


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