For this weeks feature I decided to look into the terms “Vintage & Retro.”
Vintage has really hit the limelight since early 2010 towards 2011. But how do you know that what you’re buying is actually vintage?
You can go into any high street shop and I guarantee you that they have a “Vintage” range.
But the thing is, we just buy the look. Buying real vintage is a sure thing to set you back a couple of pretty pennies right?
So I thought I would share some of my recent finds & look into the background of these clichés.
Heres a vintage shirt I recently purchased. This shirt is from the 1970’s which defines the word vintage. If you went into say…Topshop you could get a replica shirt that looks something like mine for about £30 maybe?
But just because it looks the part doesn’t make it vintage. My shirt cost me £6. So big difference there in price.
To discover vintage stuff, you must have a lot of patience. A good place to look is your local thrift stores. Your never guaranteed to find a true vintage piece, but you have a much better chance at obtaining a true piece of vintage then going to look on the high streets.
The word vintage tends to be thrown around to easily these days. Don’t get me wrong majority of thrift stores contain a lot of useless unwanted clutter. But don’t be put off. As you might get lucky. Most thrift stores in the UK tend to sort out the real vintage pieces from the rest. Making it easier for us to browse. But be careful as the word vintage tends to hold a mean price tag. So just get stuck in really. I bet your be surprised at what you find.
Metal signs with vintage looking graphics tend to come under the category of “retro.”
Retro is just a style & appearance of the product itself. Majority of retro products tend to be mass-produced at some point of its life. So don’t get vintage & retro mixed up. As there not really the same thing.
Example: “Wow that plates so retro!”
“Must be vintage or something.”
“No the markings on the back say 2011.”
So remember to always do a double take when you suspect something being truly vintage.
As you can see there’s nothing wrong with vintage replicas as I love them myself. But just remember to question yourself when your purchasing a replica that you do know it’s not a true vintage piece. As miss branding and product identity is always questionable these days.
Good luck & happy hunting!