... is not the same as hoarding.
I'm sure we've all seen the TV shows with houses full of garbage. This is NOT what collectors do. Collectors carefully display (or, when needed, wrap, box, and store) their prized possessions.
I've collected a variety of things over the years. As my life circumstances changed, the size of my collection changed. As my interests changed, one collection when out the door while another came in.
For me, it's the thrill of the hunt. I love going to a yard sale or thrift store and finding a vintage piece of china at a great price, taking it home, washing it, and finding just the right place for it. Then, later, sitting in the room and admiring my pretties.
Currently, I collect...
Vintage vs. Retro...
Everyone seems to want to label their goods as vintage, even those that were manufactured just last week. ARGH!!!
VINTAGE is something that has some age to it. It was not made last week or last year. It was most likely made before you were born. (Well, depending on how old you are, of course.) The point is, VINTAGE is somewhere between antique and something created during your lifetime.
RETRO is the proper term for new goods which mimic a vintage style. If you make an apron which looks like something June Cleaver might have worn, it's retro, NOT vintage. The actual apron June Cleaver wore (as well as her iconic pearls) would by now be vintage although it was not vintage at the time she wore it.
ANTIQUE usually refers to something at least 100 years old. There are actually some legal definitions here and I'm not totally up to date. In addition, as with most legal terms, there are some ifs and buts. This is why a lot of shops formerly called "antique" are now simply resale or thrift -- their wares were not antique.
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