Friday, July 9, 2010

Are You Sure That's an Antique?

Antique, vintage, collectible - what does it all mean?  The Federal Trade Commission is at the ready to clear up any confusion.  First of all, it's not an antique until it's at least 100 years old.  Apparently this is a law!  I'm flabbergasted.  In order to be vintage an item must be at least 50 years old.  But there was no law attached to this stipulation, so who knows if one can whiffle a tad.  As for collectibles; if people collect it, it's a collectible.  And not just people with lots of money and exquisite taste.  Anybody can be a collector. This explains Pogs.  Remember them?  So '90's.

For the latest in antiques, The Antique trader weekly is a good source.

Source:  FTC Consumer Alert April 2008 page 1

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