Age Defining: Antique vs. Vintage vs. Retro

“An item’s age is one of the key determinants of its value, although value can be subjective at times. Whatever price a person is willing to pay for something ultimately determines its value.”

Ah, the joys of aging. Those jarring little moments in life when you learn that what (seems like) recent history for you is ancient history for others. When an iTunes “Golden Oldies” playlist includes a song you thought was still relatively hip. Realizing that Do the Right Thing is more than 21 years old (!). Stepping foot into Urban Outfitters. Period.

Everything you buy for the home — furniture, rugs, lighting, artwork — can be plotted on an historical timeline and affixed with labels like “contemporary”, “antique”, “vintage” or “retro”. An item’s age is a key determinant of its value, considered alongside its condition, quality, and relative rarity. And the age of an item is evaluated not only in terms of its actual date of origin but also in the context of contemporary fashions and socioeconomic trends. For example, in lean economic times there may be nostalgia for decades associated with comfort and stability.

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