Vintage. The true meaning.

When shopping we run across items that are ‘Vintage’.  It seems that vintage is used loosely and many get confused about what this truly means and begin to wonder, are we using the term correctly?

In the early 15th century, ‘Vintage’ was used to discuss wine in regards to the wine harvest, crop, and vineyard.  Many years later, the word ‘Vintage’ was adopted from the wine industry and started to be used to describe an item such as clothes, jewelry, home furnishings, and furniture that is from an earlier generation.

When the word ‘Vintage’ is used, the item should be at least 20 years old and less than 100 years.  The old item should have a certain nostalgic value and quality.  Do your homework to find out if items are truly vintage based on the definition criteria. 

How is vintage different to retro?  Retro is short for retrospective that imitates the style of a previous era or a ‘vintage’ style.  Retro items do not have to be old but it does resemble trends of recent past.  

Vintage and retro are sometimes used interchangeably, however there is a real difference between meanings of these two words.

Enjoy looking for the items that bring back the past either as vintage or retro.