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Have You Ever asked the question, Are vintage and antique the same?


that vintage style and retro appeal


Are Vintage and Antique the same?

That would be a Yes, at least it is a could be.  But then again, they might not be.  Vintage is considered to be older than 20 years and we know antiques are definitely older than 20 yrs.  So, it is pretty safe to say they do fall into the same category.  BUT.  The big difference lies in our minds and how we view or perceive this to be.

There is so much you can do decorating or finding fun accessories.  All you have to do is think outside the box a little and mix and match new and old together.  They when someone asks, are vintage and antique the same, you can share that they are very similar one just being somewhat older or give them their personal choice on it.

Where Do You Find Your Thoughts Going on this?


My personal thoughts are that they are similar but Vintage and Retro are much newer than antiques.  If you have a steamer trunk that is more than 100 years old, I think if the question comes up, are vintage and antique the same, you could answer with your own personal opinion but more than likely it is an antique.    Whenever you are not sure, I would go with the vintage.  Here is another way to look at this.

A general rule when asking are vintage and antique the same goes like this:

‘Something antique is also vintage, but something vintage isn’t necessarily antique. The term vintage refers to an item that was made in an earlier generation. Antique refers to something that is over 100 years old.’

And Retro…now this one is fun, is anything vaguely representative of the 60s or 70s, 80s and now into the ’90s.  Something new made to look old.  Bringing back something from another era…like fashion!  How many ways can we do fashion with so many trends?  We take what was and change it up a tiny bit and voila, you have new and Retro!

Here is the Merriam Webster definition:


According to Merriam Webster, retro is “relating to, reviving, or being the styles and especially the fashions of the past: fashionably nostalgic or old-fashioned.”

And also according to Merriam Webster, an antique is “a relic or object of ancient times” or “a work of art, piece of furniture, or decorative object made at an earlier period and according to various customs laws at least 100 years ago

The Only Place it Gets Complicated


Yes, one is in what we know as an Antique Store and the other is when you attend an estate sale and diamonds and other precious gems are being sold.  You want to know the what and the ‘why’ of paying those hefty dollars and so you should.  Generally speaking, they have dealers present that have the training to identify this aspect.

When you are shopping for fashion accessories you know it is most often a ‘look-a-like’ or similar to that time frame.  Something that was once old but is now new.  And that is exactly what and where we are here at That Vintage Style.

A fun place to add retro/vintage appeal to yourself or your home.  A really perfect example is the kitchen ideas and products in the store.  These are brand new now but were used more than 20 years ago.  Just brought back into the future because, well, they WORK!   A Meat grinder, sink accessory items a meat mallet and yes ↓ the coffee grinder!

are vintage and antique the same thing is a good question

It works beautifully and actually is made a bit stronger for durability and ease of use.  Thinking of a gift?

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Decorating Ideas Incorporating Old and New

Decor items that are perfect inside or out. A little Imagination is all you need…

Add Style to Old & New Decorating Ideas

What to do about that eclectic look you are after…the one you see but also the one you are not quite sure of.  Today our goal will be to help change that up just a bit for you.  New and Old decorating ideas are so much fun once you get past the thinking they can’t possibly be done together and look good.

The way we are trending once again…to where what was old is now new…those retro and vintage styles keep popping up.  Decorating ideas that work and can change up a room instantly with little effort.  There a couple of tips I want to share with you today to help you get past the “I’m feeling overwhelmed” stage.

There are several ways to go about this, especially if you are feeling a bit unsure of combining new with old or what colors to use or what is even ‘old’ or ‘retro’.  Baby steps in your decorating are all about one room at a time.

What Room Will You Pick

One Easy Room to start with could be right here.  Most kids room can go from colorful and fun to subtle with just a pop of old & new.  You can do this with color choices or furniture, a fixture perhaps or wall hangings.  Let’s see if we can inspire you today.

One Of my Favorite No Fuss Makeovers

Everyone thought I was crazy or just wired a different way as I love to change things up every so often.  I don’t mean dismantle the whole room moving furniture or painting a wall.  Nope, this idea makes life super easy and your room is completely ‘refreshed’ in just a short amount of time.  I never get tired of rearranging things or adding a little of this or that to the equation.

You will be surprised that you have more to work with than you thought or at least take stock and see what you could add for very little.  The whole idea here is to have some decor fun without breaking the plastic. (debit or credit card…but you knew that, right?)

If you have a bookshelf or mantle or even a sofa table this will work.  Clear the shelves first and dust everything off.

  •  if you have a few items you love in other areas of the house, go get those now…
  • change out an old photo group
  • Find things of the same color
  • don’t put books in one long row.  Place some vertical and some horizontal
  •  add a colorful bowl from the kitchen and put on top of the books or an old teacup and saucer
  • use a tray and gather a few items on it for impact ( no more than 3)

You may not have everything you need right away, but the ideas above will give you a comfortable start.  Just because something says it belongs in the kitchen doesn’t mean it has to stay there forever!  Colorful bowl or a vintage teacup and place that on your bookshelf.   This kind of fun can be endless if you can think outside the ‘box’.

Another Favorite

Do you have an old bookshelf that just doesn’t quite give you that ‘old vintage’ look you are after?  You could even do this with a wooden ladder if you have one in storage.  First up, you are going to clean the shelves of all dust or anything else if it is the ladder.

Second, if there is any varnish or finish anywhere this will not work without you sanding that and really giving it a roughing over.

Now, you are ready for paint.  And don’t worry if there is still some of the varnishes there…I did mine and it came out so sweet.  You will want to use a paint color that:

  1. reflects vintage or retro
  2. will fit into your room with no problem.

Usually, the lighter shades will do fine anywhere.  I am talking about a soft white, cream or very light grey…almost to a tea lite.

Bokshelf Decor tips
Creating that ‘Old’ look from any bookshelf

Let’s Do That Kids Room

Depending on the age of your child or children will, of course, depend on what you do for them.  Keeping it simple is always a good idea.  One thing that is REALLY important is to ask your child what THEY would like to see in their room.  This gives them a sense of pride as it is their room and they will be helping.  ( You might be surprised, this might even keep the clean up easier)

You can get creative in a number of ways but some good ideas are:

  • add there very own plant pot or crayon container
  • shelves
  • paint
  • bedding
  • paint an old bookshelf or dresser to match the room and add decorative knobs or handles
Decorating tips
Perfect for dresser door handles, or closet doors


You can find all kinds and colors to give that extra touch to any room.  For the easiest and quickest pick-me-ups for any room, do accessory only decor ideas.

Decor Tips for Home
Adding Old to New is easily incorporated

Even something as simple as adding something to a shelf or adding flowers or a plant pot in your dining room or entrance way can do it.  The Ideas are limitless.  All you need is your imagination and a few ideas to trigger that flow.  It can be as easy as simple and small changes to make any room brighter.  Try it and see how it feels.