I’m a regular shopper in your Pawn Shop and wonder what vintage means?
Webster defines the word vintage as a general term that is associated with a particular year such as a wine being of vintage 2009, for example. So in reality, it does not, in a global sense, designate any particular age, just “of an age”.
Here at Horsekeeping LLC, we have developed our own definition of vintage to describe items in our pawn shop. Here is that definition along with some other terms related to age.
Vintage – 30 years old or older, so something made in the 1980s or earlier. (However, with clothing, vintage means items made 20 years before the present day.)
NOS – New Old Stock. Made at least 20 years ago but never used.
Pre-Owned – An item of any age but that has been used.
First Phase – From 1860-1900. Read more about First Phase and Transition Period in First Phase in Native American Jewelry
Patina – A dark or colored film of oxidation that forms naturally on metal by exposure to air and other elements. It is often valued for its aesthetically pleasing appearance. All items in our Pawn Shop, even NOS, have some patina. We leave it that way as some people like the natural patina. Otherwise sterling silver can be buffed back to a brilliant shine.
Here is another related article on the subject
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