I have always had a fondness for historical/vintage/old things. Holding a rifle from the civil war, a coin from the early 1900's, or sitting in a 1968 mustang fastback. Where has this thing been? Who held it, drove it, used it? So many thoughts to ponder and so many stories this thing could tell. Many are from a time when (in my opinion) products were still made with pride, not mass produced, and made to last.
Across the U.S. you can find "antique" stores in almost every city and town. Many full of items from the 1920's to the 1990's. I had planned to shoot "antiques" today and when I got home and started researching I quickly realized that I was probably not looking at many "real" antiques. The common definition requires an item to be at least 100 years old (Antique, 2016). Additionally (in the U.S.), real antiques are considered works of art and are not taxed (with a few exceptions). So, are these "antique" stores really selling "antiques" or "vintage" items?
"Vintage" needs to be at least 20 years old. Some claim 50 years. So between 20 and 50 years seems to be the sweet spot for something to be "Vintage" (Paulie Antique, 2016). Why not "retro" instead of vintage or antique?
Retro can actually be "antique" or "vintage". Retro refers to something that is currently out of place for the current time period. A poodle skirt being worn to a senior prom in 2016 would definitely be retro (and vintage) (Paulie Antique, 2016).
So I learned something new today and regardless of the loose usage of the word, Antique stores bring back memories, give us a glimpse into the past, and are a really cool places to take the kids to show them phones with cords and rotary dialers : )
Country Antique Fair Mall here in Santa Clarita, CA was kind enough to let me poke around and take shots of some of the treasures throughout the store. The only caveat was that I was not permitted to move or stage anything to shoot it. So what you see is shot with existing lighting (varied throughout the store) and some odd angles (because I couldn't move the items).
Antique, Vintage, or Retro?
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Antique. (n.d.). Retrieved August 21, 2016, from
Paulie Antiques. (n.d.). Retrieved August 21, 2016, from http://www.pollybland.com/2011/10/difference-between-retro-vintage-and.html