Antique vs. Vintage

Happy Sunday, y’all!

How gorgeous was the weather this weekend? Thankfully, said weather coincided with Phila Flea Market’s first event of 2014, which was held yesterday at Head House Square and South Street Plaza in Society Hill. I had been looking forward to it for a while, so I was stoked when I realized just how wonderful it was outside. Everyone was out and about and as cheerful as could be. I absolutely love Philadelphia this time of year.

Dan and I had a blast walking from stand to stand, chatting with vendors and trying to soak in as many history lessons as possible. We picked up some wonderful goodies: vintage jars, antique mini-books, and a handmade planter crafted from an old tree. Afterwards, we ate lunch at a really cool spot called The Twisted Tail. They had an incredible cheese selection and a killer drink menu, not to mention outdoor seating!

So what is the difference between antique and vintage items, anyway? While I’ve always known that there is some sort of difference between the two, yesterday was the first time that I felt compelled to get to the bottom of what that difference truly is. Really, it’s quite simple. Antique items date back to over 100 years ago. Meanwhile, vintage items are at least 20 years old. Anything that’s old or outdated and falls under that 20 year timeframe is often referred to as retro.

If you have any interest in scoping out antique and vintage goods, the vendors at Phila Flea Market have incredible selections. Even better, they’re extremely friendly and knowledgeable. Dates and locations for upcoming events can be found here.

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One thought on “Antique vs. Vintage

  1. Danny_G says:

    I wonder if “uses of great men” outlines what one man will be doing with a recent flea market purchase and how one woman will be putting it to use!

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