Welcome millennials to the first of a multi-part educational series on collecting vintage items.
A little about Indypicker ~ we are a husband and wife team [high school sweethearts] that after first being married started going together to antique stores/flea markets in the 1970s for entertainment on the weekends while being stationed in the Air Force in Merced, California. We continued this throughout the years and then in 2008 started an online business based on our passion for items of the past and have sold thousand of items since then.
Why do we collect? collecting is a hobby of seeking, locating, purchasing and cataloging like items to display for enjoyment by yourself and by your friends. Some collect as an investment such as coins, watches and such but, mainly we collect for the enjoyment. Whether you are single or a couple it is something you can do to ENJOY!
First, collecting doesn't mean you have to spend hundreds of dollars as the popular TV shows like Pawn Stars and American Picker portray. You can start a collection for items under $10.
Now what do I collect? for me it's vintage radios [tube and transistor], Indy500 memorabilia [of course I was born in Indianapolis] and Indy 500 diecast cars. For you it can be either something of your childhood or your parents and grandparents lifetimes. The term "Vintage" is defined by sellers meaning something that is at least 20-25 years old. So does that make you millennials vintage? LOL ya, the old guy made a joke.
Next, the term "Retro" usually means something that is new but is in the design of something from the past. We will discuss in future posts of how to determine whether or not the item you are currently starring at is really a period piece of a newer Made in China "Retro" piece.
We will also give you ideas of where to find your treasured items you seek and how to put together a weekend of fun in the car hunting these items at local shops, flea markets and swap meets or where to find them on the web.
Here is my prize 1937 Zenith Art Deco style radio that we found in an antique mall in Springfield Ohio. It is in working order as well. Below are just some reference items that are put together by genre.
|Vintage Bakelite 1920-40's|
|Vintage Mid-Century Toys|
We will break the series into periods such as the Victorian, Art Deco, Mid-century and Current Vintage [20-years old] and niche items for guys and gals such as jewelry, mid-century home decor, coins, watches, comic books, vintage toys, star wars and more. While these are just a few of the items we will discuss we will be asking for your help in what you would like to see [enter a comment]. If you have a question on something you already own again comment or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Remember this blog series is for you.
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Until next time, Indy