The Difference Between Antique and Vintage

Scottsdale Antiques and Jewelry is antique buyer. We buy antiques such as antique gold and silver, coins, diamonds, fine watches, paintings and sculptures, art glass, historical documents, and autographs and photographs. We also buy and sell vintage gold and silver jewelry.


Many people ask us the difference between antique and vintage.

An antique, such as antique furniture, jewelry, clocks, and more, is an item that is at least 100 years old. You may be interested to know that items over 300 years also have classifications. If they are manmade, they are referred to as artifacts or antiquities; if they’re not manmade, they are referred to as fossils.


Vintage items, on the other hand, are not as old as antiques. Whereas antiques are objectively aged at 100 years or older, vintage items are subjectively aged. Many antique dealers consider an item to be vintage if it’s at least 40 years old.

Bianca Turetsky, author of The Time Traveling Fashionista series, states that people like vintage items because they “offer an escape, like watching old movies.” And a commenter on Etsy says that vintage things “have more soul to them than the modern mass produced stuff.”

Scottsdale Antiques and Jewelry specializes in estate liquidations as well as the buying and selling of rare gold and silver coins, estate jewelry, and antiques.

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