Antiquing has somewhat become more and more popular today than it ever was before. With the way new things come and go these days, antiquing just seems to bear a sincere tingle to it, making it the ideal act of keeping “things real” for one and all. The act of antiquing basically defines the act of shopping, negotiating, identifying or simply bargaining for antiques.
This act of shopping for antiques usually takes place in estate sales, antiques districts, antiques conventions, antiques auction houses, antiques specialty shops and even in garage sales, where some good deal antiques could be often found in these garage sales. Bottom line, antiquing deals with the act of getting one’s hands on some antiques, ideal for gift items, personal use or for profit, should one be into antiquing for the “profession” of it.
Coming from the Latin word, antiquus, which means old, antiques is a collective term used to describe items which are worth collecting because of their age value, which are usually rated to be at least one hundred years old. These items don’t necessarily have to be “functional” items, but having a functional antique item would be better. An item’s rarity, as well as the item’s uniqueness and historical significance also define its antique stature, making it one among the antiques of the world.
Literally anything old could be part of the antiques roster, usually items which bear an impressive level of craftsmanship, again regardless if it is a functional device or not. From furniture to first generation machines, like automobiles and sewing machines, antiques provide users a window to the previous past when the antique item was still new. Antique pocket watches show users just how different the times were then, as well as the act of keeping time. Antique clocks, which are powered by pendulums, show users how different the days were before battery powered clocks came about. Antique motor vehicles show users just how much the world of motor vehicles has changed since its birth.
Most antiques are passed down from generation to generation, which, with whatever twist and turns, occasionally end up in the hands of antique dealers, who in turn sell antique wares to collectors or to simply interested parties.
Antiques differ from collectibles, as collectibles are anything between 50 to 100 years old. There may be such a thing as antique collectible though, if the item is a hundred years old, or more. Antiques also differ from vintage items, as vintage items are items that come from the 1950’s, 1960’s and/or the 1970’s.
Though a certain loophole to the whole definition of antiques does apply to motor or electronic items, which could be labeled as antiques in the United States if at least 25 years old.
Bottom line, antiques are old items of value, and going antiquing could open your eyes to the world that was, appreciating the world now some more.