Antique, vintage, and collectible items are different from one another but people do interchange these words to describe something old, says Thomas J Salzano a famous antiquity dealer. He says at times it becomes a bit difficult to explain the difference between the three terms to someone who has bare minimum knowledge about antique items.

People still use these words especially interchange “vintage” and “antique” but for others like the merchants and other buyers and sellers need to know the distinction between them.

Thomas says the main issue arises when you purchase online, where the seller explicitly mentions the value and availability of such items. But a buyer does get confused or carried away with the looks and description of the item by ignoring the main fact that “whether the item is a vintage item, antique or collectible.”

So to guide the buyers here is a small explanation about all the three terms shared by Thomas J Salzano to give you some more clarity of such items:

Collectible Items

Collectibles are the items collected by the collectors and collectibles fall under the common categories, like cards, coins, stamps, clothing, and household accessories.

Collectors assume items younger than 100 years as collectibles to differentiate them from antiques.

Whereas there are some items that are manufactured in limited quantities, these items do fall under collectibles. Coins are the best example here as collectible items.

Vintage Items

Basically the age and nature of the vintage items are not clear which is why they are at the time considered by the people as antique items. According to Merriam Webster, vintage relates primarily to wine and is an altered form of the French word vendange, meaning “ the grapes picked during a season.”

So let’s put it this way “any item that speaks of the era in which it was produce” can be called vintage items. Also, you can not consider an item to be vintage if the item is less than 20 years old.

Antique Items

Antique items are famous for their historic contribution and period-specific look. As per the U.S. customs laws, items of the age of at least 100 years or any work of art, decorative object, piece of furniture, created or produced in a former period will fall under the category of antique items.

People generally get confused with the vintage and antique items but you should research well before purchasing as the cost differs accordingly. Thomas Salzano says that at times the seller keeps the information transparent but the buyer is not clear what kind of item he/she is looking for.

As cost does not define whether an item is vintage or antique. So do your research well in advance before investing in such precious items.