Monday, August 27, 2012

Is It Vintage?


While I have grown to love a nice piece of vintage dishware, I am not a seller and I am by no means an expert.

If you are a regular reader of this blog, you know that I get a lot of vintage dishes from my parents. In fact, I rarely leave their home without a box or two.

When it comes to these dishes that I receive as gifts, I usually know with certainty that they are "vintage." My method is simple...if I remember it from when I was young, then it's vintage. Sad, but true.

Hey, at least that doesn't make them antique.

Above and below, some items I received on my most recent visit to my parents' house. Some of them I remember from my youth and some of them I don't. They were likely around, but I just don't remember them.



I do remember this candy dish. I wish I could actually fill it with candy, but it would soon be emptied in this house. I will have to use it for pickles or something.






How do you know if it's vintage? And, how old is "vintage" anyway?

23 comments:

  1. LOL I'm like you-- if its something I remember from my childhood, its vintage!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. That method is kind of limiting, huh? :)

      Delete
  2. Such pretty pieces- you seem to get new one's each week! You must have some pretty table settings :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I get some every time I visit. I am cleaning up my parents' house by messing up my house. :)

      Delete
  3. I don't know what all is in that first picture, but I like it all anyway! I am also no expert. I just figure if I like it, I'll get it. My house is... eclectic.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I should have really explained it, but I can't get much time at the computer with the kids home. Besides the four brass candle holders, we have two "vintage" wine bottle openers, tongs for canning, some other tongs, a candle snuffer and a bottle opener shaped like a clog shoe. :)

      Delete
    2. Oh, and I like your philosophy. If you like it, get it. Somehow everything works together as long as you love it.

      Delete
  4. same here, if I remember it from childhood or if my mum remembers it from her heydays, it's vintage! I consider 80s vintage too because people are beginning to collect 80s clothing and other stuff.

    I like to say I collect vintage clothing but lots of people assume that means things like the 50s circle dresses or 1940s suits. Which is all well and good but they're not my style and they're so expensive! So I go for the 60s and 70s clothing (not the loud stuff!) that ends up in Savers/Value Village and thrift stores, which are cheap and not often considered collectable :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Interesting about the 80s. Makes me think I should have saved more clothing and stuff. But who would have thought people would want to go back to that? If you ask me, we looked pretty bad.

      I love the dresses that you manage to find! :)

      Delete
  5. Nice pieces! I love the ruby glass vase. Such a great colour and shape. It's funny about vintage and how different people can have totally different views with regards to value. I had to laugh at my mom recently when she voiced her confusion over my desire to collect Corelle dishes. To her they wre common and easy to get and not treasured but to me, the old patterns are something to be saught after!

    Loulou

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I like the ruby vase too. I will have to plan a fall floral arrangement around it. :)

      I could see how your mom would be confused by you collecting the Corelle dishes. But, items take on greater value to us as time passes, I guess, and they also gain sentimental value.

      Delete
  6. They are all very nice pieces. I collect milk glass and one of my neighbors collects ruby glassware. Milk glass tends to be very cheap so it is the perfect collectible to me.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I think milk glass is beautiful, especially in a group. So great that it is cheap. I have a few pieces, but my mom gave them all to me.

      Delete
  7. I have heard two descriptions of vintage: anything that is not from the current season (this is what I've heard most frequently). The other thing I've heard is that vintage describes anything that is between 25 and 50 years old. I know that antique refers to anything 50 years or older. I hope that at least helps a bit :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks for that. That is an interesting description of vintage. That means most of my clothes are vintage. ;)

      Delete
  8. Antique is 100 plus years (according to Canadian Customs Office) vintage is between 20-90 years. I have a booth in an antiques market...truth be told, very little antiques there...heavy in the vintage. My booth too.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks for responding. It is interesting to hear the different viewpoints on what is vintage/antique. :)

      Delete
  9. Those are some really pretty pieces. Makes me wonder because I have some similar "crystal" cut cups for tea. I wonder if they're vintage? I guess they are if you call them that!
    Carolyn http://sillyhappysweet.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It is difficult to tell with glass and crystal, isn't it?

      Delete
  10. Hi Jo,
    So happy to see you back joining Frugal Treasures Tuesday party! My mom had the candy dish in first pic, as well as, the 3rd and 4th picture below it! I think the ruby vase will look awesome with fall colors; looking forward to seeing it. : ) I had a green vase with the exact shape; wish I had kept it. : ) Have a good week!
    Barbe

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Barbe, Thanks for hosting again. So funny that you recognize some items from your childhood too. I think you are right about the ruby vase with fall flowers. Nice!

      Delete
  11. Beautiful pieces. There seems to be a lot of different views on what is "vintage". But, it seems that if an item is 25 years old or older it is vintage. 100 years old seems to be the norm when referring to antique. Either way, these treasures are wonderful. Thank you for sharing last week at TTF. Sorry I am so late visiting. Have a terrific day!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Diann, Thanks for your input. And thanks for hosting/visiting. Have a great weekend! Joann

      Delete