What is vintage?

The term vintage is used for items dating from the 1950s through the 1980s. Vintage furniture and lamps are of good quality and are not mass produced. You used to buy furniture for life, so it had to be of high quality and last a long time.

When we started selling vintage furniture and lamps in Utrecht 18 years ago, the term vintage was not yet used, people spoke of retro. But when the vintage furniture became more and more popular, the market started to produce this style new and the label retro was adopted. The word retro is derived from the word retrospective which means looking back.

This caused confusion among vintage furniture customers, “Is this old or new?” As a result, a new term emerged: Vintage. This term originates from the wine world where it stands for wine of a good year.

Now used with the term vintage to indicate a period of time. At the moment it covers the period from the 50s to the 80s. But you can see that this period is moving further and further.

The term vintage is sometimes incorrectly used for second-hand items. Real vintage furniture and lamps are often unique, of high quality, really come from the 50s to 80s and often carry a story with them.

Why is vintage furniture popular?


Vintage is extremely popular right now. Years ago this arose out of a feeling of nostalgia, people wanted to go back to the past where quality was still paramount instead of mass production. As a vintage buyer you want to distinguish yourself from others and show your personal taste.

Another reason is if you want a real design piece, this vintage is often cheaper than new.

A third reason is the environment, because you give a piece of furniture a second life.

What is the difference between vintage and retro?


Vintage means that the furniture is really from the 50s to the 80s. Retro, on the other hand, is newly made furniture that is inspired by the vintage style. Retro comes from retrospective which means looking back.

What is the difference between vintage and antique?


Vintage furniture is younger than antique furniture. To be labeled antique, furniture must be at least 100 years old. Vintage is therefore also called the new antique.

Where can I buy vintage furniture?


There are of course different ways to buy vintage furniture, such as a thrift shop or marketplace. However, if you want to buy vintage furniture without disappointment on damage or if you don’t feel like cleaning and restoring it completely, buy at an online vintage shop like ours VAEN. Then you buy good quality, completely checked, often newly upholstered and yet a unique one.