Something few people know about me is that if I had to choose a different profession, I could be almost content as antiques* and collectibles dealer. (My mother was into antiques, but my own interest probably springs from needing a respite from having to know and predict current trends for my day job.)
|1950's Revlon goldtone basketweave compact with rhinestones (Photo: Randi Reed/Cosme-Haul).|
A 1950’s Revlon goldtone basketweave compact with rhinestones. The rhinestones are intact and the contents are still inside (“Love Pat” in Cream Beige). The puff is still there.
|Vintage Swiss-made Elizabeth Arden goldtone basketweave compact. (Photo:Randi Reed/Cosme-Haul.)|
A vintage Swiss-made Elizabeth Arden goldtone basketweave compact. At first glance it looks ‘50’s, but its details are different from other ‘50’s and ‘60’s Elizabeth Arden compacts I’ve seen in this design, so I’m still researching it. It still has a powder pan and puff inside. More details on this compact in an upcoming post.
|Vintage art deco goldtone compact, maker unknown. (Photo: Randi Reed/Cosme-Haul).|
More photos and info in upcoming posts.
Heirloom = 50 years old or older. Heirloom sometimes refers to an inherited item, but it doesn’t have to be. (Plants are another thing. Some scientists saying heirloom seeds should be 100 years old. I’d call that antique.)
Vintage = I use the word “vintage” for items that are 25 years or older, because the fragile nature of textiles make it a common date for vintage clothing. (Some clothing dealers say 20 years old.) Many serious antiques dealers insist items be 50 years old to be called vintage. Because the word "vintage" has many different meanings, always ask a dealer the approximate age of the item.
Collectibles = A generic term for anything people like to collect. Can be any age, but most often refers to vintage items or items from the era of a collector's childhood.
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