I overheard a question in a thrift shop yesterday and it got me thinking.  What is the difference between vintage and antique?  Are they one and the same?  I was trying not to “obviously” eavesdrop on their discussion, but wanted to hear the resolution to the question.  Well, they never resolved it. 

 an·tique      [an-teek]

1. of or belonging to the past; not modern.
2. dating from a period long ago: antique furniture.
3. noting or pertaining to automobiles approximately 25 years old or more.
4. in the tradition, fashion, or style of an earlier period; old-fashioned; antiquated.
5. of or belonging to the ancient Greeks and Romans.
6. (of paper) neither calendered nor coated and having a rough surface.

–noun

8. any work of art, piece of furniture, decorative object, or the like, created or produced in a former period, or, according to U.S. customs laws, 100 years before date of purchase.

Then vintage is anything that has been previously owned?  It could be from any period and could also be an antique?

vin·tage    (vĭn’tĭj)  n.  

    1. A group or collection of people or things sharing certain characteristics.
    2. A year or period of origin: a car of 1942 vintage.
    3. Length of existence; age.
  1. Informal
    1. A group or collection of people or things sharing certain characteristics.
    2. A year or period of origin: a car of 1942 vintage.
    3. Length of existence; age.
      adj.  
  2. Of or relating to a vintage.
  3. Characterized by excellence, maturity, and enduring appeal; classic.
  4. Old or outmoded.

So then what are these?  Vintage? Antique? 

Teacup Pincushions

Teacup Pincushion

These are pincushions I create using thrifted teacups and felted wool sweaters which I thrift also.  Some of the teacups may be over 100 years old, but the felted sweaters are not that old.  Vintage insert in an antique cup?

Embroidered Picture

Isn’t this a lovely picture?  I found it yesterday for $7.25.  It was worked by Emilie LaPlade in 1978.  That makes it 29 years old.  I believe it is in the original stretcher.  The work on it is phenomenal.  It indicates that it was a kit and was made in 1975.  The number above the door is 944 and I wondered if that was her house number?  I pushed the thread back a bit to see if the number was in the pattern and it was not, so it must be her number.  Emilie, if you are out there I love this vintage or antique picture.  Whichever the case may be.

Have a great day!

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