Estate Sale Finds – Antique, Vintage, Or Retro – What’s The Difference?

Three terms that are in wide use today, but it is important as a buyer and seller to understand them. We have provided very basic definitions.

An antique is usually described as an item that was made at least (some areas of the country may have a slightly different time period) 100 years ago. It could apply to furniture, art, or a decorative object.

Vintage used to a term referring to the age of wine, however, the term is now used by antique dealers, collectors, resellers, and estate sale companies to describe items made approximately 50 or more years old. The age definition of vintage depends on who you speak with.

According to Polly Bland of Paulie Antiques  “retro is simply anything that looks out of style for the current time period”. Retro items are usually less than 40 years old. Today they may even be new, but with a look from an earlier time period.

Here are a few examples of each.

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