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Antiques vs Junk
If you follow me on instagram (if you don’t why not?) then you know I have been searching the Antique shops for a special shelf one of my friends said he wanted. It’s his birthday and my plan was to surprise him with it. :D
Except I cannot find it. Which makes sense, see he has everything….really. So him not owning the shelf thingy means that they are rare. So he may just end up with a nice bottle of wine. :(
Anyway, that’s why I have been roaming around in these shops. They are really not my “thing.” To me, most of the stuff is dirty, ugh, broken, double ugh – over priced and filled with negative energy. * ___ *
(So let me grab that and drag it home, no thanks!)
But I did suck it up and try. So here are some of the things I learned about Antiques vs. Junk.
Before you run out, money in hand to purchase that “new/old” treasure you need to learn the difference in TRUE ANTIQUE, NEAR ANTIQUE, VINTAGE, RETRO & COLLECTABLE.
A True Antique is at least 100 years old. This is based on traditions and custom laws in many countries. But, some societies define antique as been having been created before 1930.
Near Antique -is anywhere from 75-100 years old.
Vintage – “Of a certain time” usually used with the term collectables.
Collectable ~ includes everything people find value, joy, happiness in collecting.
Retro -means literally “looking back” (in time) & refers to objects created in another time period or era. But it can also mean a newer made item created in the style of another era.
I am by no means an expert…so don’t take my word for any of this, K? There are plenty of websites that share information on this subject and I encourage you to learn about what you want to purchase before you go chasing it down. (Which I just did and see that I probably am going to be purchasing wine for that gift, lol)
I can say after spending another afternoon wandering through the shops and seeing such a wide variety of objects I do appreciate antiques more.
Also note antiques vary from region to region. Some resale shops have collectables and even antiques, while others do not. I usually do go to the "charity" stores in the UK. Because all the stuff is so different, you just never know what you will find. And yes, I buy books there...I purchase books everywhere.
Catch you later-
Just a Woman in the World. Sometimes a lonely traveler, sometimes with the Krewe. Eating, shopping and meditating my way through life...
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