What is the difference between 'antique" and "vintage" and what does it matter?
Many people in the auction business whether buying or selling have a misconception of what qualifies an item as an antique. Many times a seller will label an item as "antique" when in reality it is simply "vintage". According to standardsAn antique (Latin: antiquus
; "old", "ancient") is a collectable item, at least 100 years old. Many sellers state "antique" because it's "old" and the are simply ignorant to the fact of 100 years to qualify as antique. The term "antique" is very misused on sites such as eBay, etsy and many others. Sellers on these sites have really not taken the time to do the research to qualify items as "antique", they simply believe "it's old, I will call it antique". Make sure when selling anything old to verify the age as 100 years at least before stating it as "antique".
Vintage on the other hand has many forms. Some say it must be at least 50 years old but not over 100. Some say it must be made in the 1950's or 60's to qualify. Other sellers utilize vintage for items that are only 10 years old. There really are no set standards for vintage like there are for antiques. At FR Liquidation & Auctions we utilize a rule that vintage must be at least 25 years old to qualify.
Some times the title "retro" is used instead of vintage. The standards are pretty much non-existent for this term as it is really more about describing the look or style of the item. Retro is great for 1960's or 1970's items and gives a buyer a sense of style for the era.
Always remember either buying or selling to verify the standard of at least 100 years old to qualify as "antique". Many times verifying antique or not may make a significant difference in the value as well. Contact us today for a free assessment of your antique and vintage items.