If an item is…
Antique – My grandmother used to have one.
Vintage – I haven’t seen one in a while.
Old – Mine’s in the attic.
Classic – popular at least one year.
Limited edition – limited to the number of buyers we can find.
Retro – covered in plastic and price marked up.
Rare – listed no more often than once a week.
Unique – only a dozen left!
Collectible – I thought it was great, but don’t want it anymore.
Scarce – I need to get this sold before I misplace it again!
A customer submitted ^ these definitions to us several months ago, and we thought they were pretty funny.
Here are more accurate definitions:
Antique - Meaning the age of the items is at least 100 years old
Vintage - signifies in general something being old, old-fashioned, classical, or "from another time."
Old - Typical of an earlier style or form
Classic - Belonging to the highest rank or class, serving as a model or standard
Limited Edition - An edition that is restricted to a specific number of copies
Retro - Trends, modes, fashions or attitudes of the recent past 15-20 years
Rare - There aren’t many of its kind
Unique - Only one of its kind
Collectible - Collected by fanciers
Scarce - Insufficient amount to meet the demand
I believe the age of E-bay, Etsy, Amazon, and Craigslist has changed the definitions a little, but the definitions given to us by a customer are a good way to remember how to tag items, and identify them for resale, or for collecting.
What terms do you use for "old" items?
I like this definition for vintage:
Characterized by excellence, maturity, and enduring appeal; classic.
-The GA Gang