Definitions

I thought I’d write a few words about some of the terms you see in this blog and the definitions I use.

ANTIQUE – an item that is at least 100 years old; or an item made during a time period that at least overlaps to 100 years old if the exact date of manufacture cannot be determined.

VINTAGE – an item that is at least 20 years old; or an item made during a time period that at least overlaps to 20 years old if the exact date of manufacture cannot be determined.  The item must furthermore either no longer be manufactured or the date of manufacture must be determinable to within one year if it is still being manufactured.

MODERN – an item either still being produced currently or one that is no longer produced but widely and easily available.  The item must furthermore be less than 20 years old or the date of manufacture cannot be determined to make it vintage.

The definition for antique is fairly standard across most types of collecting.  The definition of vintage changes depending on a number of factors but is mostly dependent on majority opinion within a collecting field.  It’s ok if you disagree with my definitions.  I only include them to be useful in the context I write in.

If you purchase items on the internet you’ll likely see “descriptive” words such as; antique, vintage, retro, old-school, rare, etc.  Let me say that you should do your homework first before trusting an item description using these types of adjectives.  These so-called descriptions are essentially meaningless when making online purchases and are mainly used as attention-grabbers.  I’m not saying not to buy from folks who use such terms when selling, but I do recommend knowing about whatever it is you’re buying.  I’ve seen many people buying or selling something and describing it as “antique”, “vintage”, or “rare” and yet they are widely available on the secondary markets and in many cases still manufactured.  Caveat emptor friends.

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