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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