The difference between antique and vintage

Antique and vintage are two terms that refer to the age of an item. An antique must be at least 100 years old while a vintage item must be at least 20 years old. There are two schools of thought in the vintage world. I will therefore demystify in detail each of the two terms to make the difference between antiquity and vintage.give. It is at this very moment that I inform you that the 2000s are now vintage! 



An antique is a collectible such as a piece of furniture or a work of art that has great value due to its age, quality, rarity and unique characteristics. For an item to qualify as antique, it must be at least 100 years old. The term antiquity mainly refers to works of art, furniture, jewelry or decorative items. An antique can be recognized by its workmanship, materials and natural wear. The antique furniture was rather massive, heavy and very durable. You can try to lift an antique to realize that it is not made of the same material as at Ikea. 

Antique objects have a particular soul, a distinctive smell and an original patina that is practically impossible to reproduce. In terms of budget, it is sometimes necessary to plan several hundred dollars to access these historical jewels. The value of antiques fluctuates slightly, but it is still quite expensive. We must therefore think with a long-term vision and imagine ourselves bequeathing these treasures to a next generation. 



The term vintage means that the item originated from a fashion that was popular in another era and generally refers to items that are less than 100 years old. For an item to be vintage, it must be of high quality, of lasting value, and showing the most typical characteristics of a bygone period. Materials, colors and shapes are the main elements determining the era of a vintage piece. 

As mentioned in the introduction, there are two divergent views on the minimum age limit in the field of vintage. Some are of the view that an item must be at least 50 years old to categorize vintage while others use the term for items over 20 years old. The term vintage is also used in the vocabulary of connoisseurs, but specifically accompanied by the year concerned. Thus, articles over 50 years old are sometimes called "true vintages" and those over 20 years old "new vintages". Personally, I am in the team of enthusiasts who recognize the end of the 1990s and the very beginning of the 2000s as vintage. 

In short, I believe that a happy mixture between antiques and vintage gives character to decor and style. Each of the past decades brings its share of inspiration and features allowing you to have fun and relive the rituals that have forged our heritage. I sometimes wonder if my career development will take me directly into the field of antiquity? History will tell us!

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  • Ricky on

    Very nice write-up. I do wonder how durable vintage furniture is, since a lot of veneer is used on cheaper wood.

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