Honestly . . . I always thought I understood the definitions of vintage, retro and antique. But, now a days those words are thrown around so often, and mostly misused, that I have found myself questioning what they really mean. Ok, I may be the only one confused, but in case there is one other sole . . . I thought I would post this fantastic blog post from one of my favorite blogs, Apartment Therapy. Here is a snippet from that post to help out in times of confusion.
1) Antique. Something that is, like, really old. Probably musty, dusty and moldy. Probably made of wood. Usually unstylish.
2) Vintage. Something that is too old to be considered "used" but not as old as Grandma. By calling it "vintage" the seller tries to distract the buyer from the item's blatant imperfections. Like many "retro" items, "vintage" items are often either mid-century modern (in style if not in fact) or related to bygone pop culture, junk food or fashion trends.
3) Retro. Something that is basically outdated and out of style. By calling it "retro" the seller hopes to assign sentimental or historical value to something that is simply no longer cool. Or, the "retro" item may actually be quite new but is "preloved" (i.e., pretty beat up).
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