Antique vs. Vintage


I  recently learned the difference between Antique and Vintage.

According to Wikipedia

Antique:¬† “an old collectible item.

  • It is collected or desirable because of its age, beauty, rarity, condition, utility, personal emotional connection, and/or other unique features.
  • It is an object that represents a previous era or time period in human society.
  • It is common practice to define “antique” as applying to objects at least 100 years old.”

It is a little more difficult to define vintage since it relates to wine making. However, I did find a Google definition.


  • “Denoting something of high quality, especially something from the past or characteristic of the best period of a person’s work.”

This seems to be a square vs. rectangle situation. An antique piece can be vintage but a vintage piece doesn’t mean it is antique.

Both definitions define periods in time or eras. I think they can be interchangeable but as I see it it isn’t about 100 years anymore. It is about eras.

As I think it is commonly understood that anything in the 40s-80s (scary even the 90s and early 00s now) is “vintage” and anything in the 30s and before is antique.

I don’t think it is a fine line but I think it is the different eras.

The Victorian era to the 30s is antique for the Drexel furniture and corseted clothing. And vintage comes in the 40s through the 80s From the war posters to the poodle skirts and Woodstock dresses from the 60s and 70s.

I am sure I will do more research soon.

Where is your cut off era to define the terms? Or do you stick to the over/under 100 years rule?

5 thoughts on “Antique vs. Vintage

  1. For me, you can have “era”-vintage, (80’s,70’s…yes even 90’s) but Vintage (big “V”) refers to 20s-50s.

    Antique is anything over 100 years old.

    I’m fairly weird though.

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