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How long does it take for something to be considered vintage in your opinion?

Asked by auhsojsa (2508 points ) February 8th, 2012

For me a solid 20 years is pretty vintage by now 2012.

What’s your take?

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WillWorkForChocolate's avatar

My breasts are vintage. They’ve seen several different users, they’ve been through a lot, and they’re over 20 years old.

TexasDude's avatar

I think of “vintage” as a fixed point on a sort of date scale I’ve made up, in most cases.

For me:

1850–1919 = Antique
1920–1945 = Vintage
1946–1977 = Retro
1978–1988 = Horrifying
1989–1999 = Nostalgic
2000–2012 = Ohgodwhy?

cookieman's avatar

Well cars are considered ‘antique’ after twenty-five years – I imagine you could consider something ‘vintage’ after a similar amount of time.

That being said, the Oxford-American definition of ‘vintage’ speaks only of its relation to wine:

vintage
vin⋅tage /‘vɪntɪdʒ/
noun
1) aseason’s yield of wine from a vineyard
2) the oldness of wines

Coloma's avatar

Well, I have always understood “antique” to be 100 years or older.
Vintage” I’m older now haha I’d consider 30+ years.
I have a ton of vintage stuff I was collecting to sell on etsey..lost interest. Anyone want vintage fur collars, jackets, cowboy boots and thermoses and a Beverly Hillbillies lunchbox?
No, I am not for sale. lol

WestRiverrat's avatar

It depends on what you are looking at. Vintage cars have a different scale than vintage toys for example.

Pandora's avatar

Vintage to me still can serve its purpose but is a bit worn down and in need of repairs. Like my bones.

YARNLADY's avatar

There is no legal standard, but our local antique shop defines vintage as over 50 years old and antique over 100 years. I believe this is an industry standard. Collectable and classic can be any age.

ETpro's avatar

I don’t know, but it disturbs me that lots of things that came out as brand new when I was young are now in that category. :-)

augustlan's avatar

I had always heard 50 years for antique, 20 for vintage. Obviously, it’s pretty subjective.

Neizvestnaya's avatar

Ditto what @Fiddle_Playing_Creole_Bastard wrote.
My breasts are the exception, I still think they’re great.

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