A few years ago, we were part of a small community radio-theater group. It was great fun, because our focus was re-enacting old time radio shows from the 1940s. The music, the clothes, the hair styles . . . . I love it all! So when I decided to re-focus my direction from designing children's boutique clothing (because of the CPSIA legislation), I realized that my love for all things vintage could offer another avenue for me to express my creativity. I've been doing some research as to just what exactly is the definition of "vintage," and I've come to realize that it is very difficult to find a definitive answer to the question, "Just what exactly is vintage?" Some definitions say that it is anything "20 years old or older." Some definitions I've found say that the items have to be "30 years old or older." And recently I've seen that there are some online marketplace sites that define vintage as anything "10 years old or older." There is one thing that is definite, however . . . . there is a fair amount of confusion out here about just what we mean when we are talking about "vintage." And since I really do like to play by the rules (when I can figure out what they are!), I am very interested in researching and learning more about how to identify "true vintage." Except that is hard to do when we don't know what "true vintage" really is, or what it means.
So . . . . having come to that conclusion, I have also realized that, even if I did have a definitive answer to THAT question, of course my next question is, "How do you know what is 10, or 20, or 30 years old or older?" And I realize that much of that knowledge comes from much research and observation of the history of fashion and design. I'm working on it. But in the meantime, I want to open a little shop online to sell some of the beautiful garments, shoes, and accessories that I have discovered in my treasure hunting expeditions . . . . except I don't know (yet) which items really qualify as "vintage." And I keep going round and round on this, trying to figure it all out. I suppose I should just go with the flow, research as much as I can, set up a little shop and play by the rules - to the best of my ability, and I guess if I get something wrong, someone (nice) will tell me. There's a learning curve here, and I'm a pretty quick study, but somehow this just isn't as objective as other things I've studied in my life. Like Latin ;o(
I'll give it a go, do the best I can to figure all of this out, and hope I get it right. Because I really do love all things vintage (whatever that means!), and the fun that comes with learning about history. Including the music, the hair styles, and especially the clothing.