What is Considered Vintage?
Vintage is a way of life. It’s popular because it’s well-made, sustainable and it allows an expression of uniqueness.
Vintage clothing, jewelry and accessories are on upward trend since at least 2005. Interest in vintage is on the rise because it’s generally made well and allows an expression of uniqueness, and is often more affordable than new items of similar quality. Its appeal includes attributes of being local, green and sustainable.
So what IS vintage?
Melissa Sands, the owner of CVCJ broke it down.
“It’s anything 20 years or older, so in the world of vintage, old is good.” Sands says.
What’s so great about it?
“Clothing and jewelry is the hottest thing in the vintage world right now,” she says, “Savvy vintage buyers get the coolest vintage clothing made in the US and Europe, and this show is about bringing it all together under one roof.”
Sands says unlike other categories in the collectible market, clothing and jewelry customers are looking at it as a “lifestyle.”
There are many definitions for the word vintage, and you hear it a lot, but basically, it’s age.
How old is old enough?
The cut off date is what makes it special. Post 1990, more items went to Asia for production, so you can generally find more well-made items from the US and Europe pre-1990.
Many items made around 1990 are higher quality, and there is a nostalgia factor too.
1990 was the start of a new decade and awesome inventions like the Tamagotchi, Sky Dancers and American Girl Dolls. Lisa Frank ruled the craft and stationary world and Bop-It was a hot game with a great commercial. Clothing and fashion saw trends like jelly shoes, Doc Martens, scrunchies and whatever they were wearing on “Friends”.
Where 1990 may be the newest old out there, and as things get older and harder to find they can be a bit more valuable.
If you have items from the 1920’s to the 1980’s and you aren’t sure what to do with them, or you think they might be junk, don’t hesitate to ask a local dealer. You may find you get a few bucks for items you thought were worthless.
Tips for Collecting
- It’s just like collecting anything else. You must collect what you love and enjoy it!
- Look for quality, well-made items.
- Buy things in the best condition possible.
- Beanie Babies or items made to be collectible are mass produced and plentiful, so they are not all that collectible.
- Unless you know it’s a one of a kind, don’t settle or be afraid to keep looking for that perfect piece. Know when to pull the trigger, because it’s vintage there may not be many laying around anymore.
- Do some research. What sort of prices does this item bring? It’s easy to find out more info about what you are collecting today. Know your subject.
Vintage markets, antique malls, second-hand stores and flea markets are great places to hunt. It’s more affordable and unique than what you will buy at the mall today! Happy Hunting!
The Chicago Vintage Clothing and Jewelry Show will take place February 24, 3pm to 10pm, February 25, 2017. 10am to 5pm at 5649 N. Sheridan Road, Chicago, IL 60660. St. Andrews Greek Orthodox Church at the corner of Hollywood and N. Sheridan Road. The official website is www.vintageclothingandjewelry.com