Identifying and Pricing Vintage

The identification of vintage items is not a science. Oh, it's easy if a manufacturers mark, copyright or item name is found on a piece, but what if there's no information to be found? That's when the research begins - on the internet, in books, and through experts or appraisers. Often, however, there IS NO information to be found on a particular item. In that case, style, wear, patina, quality of workmanship, composition, etc, usually give an accurate picture of age. Unusual and unique items are sometimes compared to similar items of the same era.

Vintage is a variable market and pricing often reflects collector interest at the time of sale. Prices are constantly changing and will vary from vendor to vendor. We just do the best we can. When purchasing or selling any item, consider the value it has for you, but don't be afraid to be flexible. Today's inexpensive vintage may be tomorrow's sought after collectible or a highly prized antique may lose considerable value almost overnight.

Why Vintage?

Vintage items were made to last and have withstood the test of time. Many pieces were manufactured with superior workmanship and quality, unlike some of the mass produced pieces made today. Pick up a piece of vintage pottery and notice it's weight. Look at the detail and craftsmanship found in vintage clothing. Play with a toy that won't break in a child's hand. Read a book with beautiful illustrations instead of reading a digital version.

In today's economy, the number of customers frequenting thrift and second hand shops continues to increase. Garage sales are becoming more numerous. People are buying clothes and household items at a fraction of what they would pay for new. Even worn or broken items can be repurposed, refinished, or upcycled into something new. So if you have some free time this Friday or Saturday, take a walk around your neighborhood garage sales and discover some vintage for yourself!

Weird Wacky and Wonderful Wednesday Finds

This small 5" round glass flask with cork stopper is a medieval style potion bottle. It has leather straps and belt loop. It can be used to hold liquid, powders, crystals, oils, or even small mythical fairies. It would make a wonderful addition to any Harry Potter collection.

Favorite Finds

I love this set of two antique wine or liquor carriers / holders. They're lined on the inside and covered in leather with a metal handle. The buckles are fake, covering a snap type latch. Asking $70 for the pair.

Weird Wacky and Wonderful

This 1993 signed plaster statue of Roman god Bacchus was probably a souvenir from Caesars Palace, Las Vegas. He stands about 12" tall and still has the original Caesars tag. Would look great in a wine cellar, bar or rec room. Asking $65. 

Weird Wacky and Wonderful

This weeks item is an extremely rare set of Libbey Glasses with the early Stanford Indians mascot. The mascot was banned in the 1970’s and the football team's name was changed to Stanford Cardinal (not Cardinals!). I've not seen these glasses anywhere else. Asking $120 for set of six.