1. The yield of wine or grapes from a vineyard or district during one season.
2. Wine, usually of high quality, identified as to year and vineyard or district of origin.
3. The year or place in which a wine is bottled.
4. a. The harvesting of a grape crop.
b. The initial stages of winemaking.
a. A group or collection of people or things sharing certain characteristics.
b. A year or period of origin: a car of 1942 vintage.
c. Length of existence; age.
1. Of or relating to a vintage.
2. Characterized by excellence, maturity, and enduring appeal; classic.
3. Old or outmoded.
4. a. Of the best: played songs that were vintage Cole Porter.
b. Of the most distinctive: "Fatalism has coexisted with vintage American overconfidence" (Thomas Oliphant).
Nope folks, we're not talking about wine here.... we're talking about the adjective. What does vintage mean to you? Does it mean "old and outmoded" or "enduring appeal", even "classic"?
I've come to appreciate vintage much more since we moved to our 90 year old home. It's been fun to collect pieces I like... pieces with a family history even.
Take this little white stool. It was my grandmother's. When growing up, we spent at least one Sunday dinner at their house. Dinner was early on Sundays... I'm thinking 12:30 or 1:00. Not sure why, perhaps a hold over from the farming days perhaps? What I do remember is 8 of us crowed around a very small table in my grandparent's kitchen. The table only had 4 chairs. This stool, well it was always my spot to sit. Although I wasn't the youngest, I have a younger brother, I was the smallest. I think I was the only one that could sit on this stool and still have my legs under the table!
A couple of years ago, my mom brought me the stool. It's moved around the house many, many times. I never found the right spot until I was working on the front porch and had placed it here while painting. I decided I liked it with the old (but newly painted) plant stand. I dug up some vintage tablecloths and runners to put on top since it looked a little bare and lonely. I think this one is here for keeps.
A couple of weeks ago my mom and I stopped at a local estate sale. I picked up this small globe. It was a "giveaway" from our local newspaper back in the 60's. I really like it's dark aqua color. It was a splurge at $15.00.
And I'm always looking to add to my milk glass collection. Most of these pieces were picked up at garage sales and thrift stores for $.49 to $.99. A couple of pieces were my mom's and grandmother's.
I do use the vases for flowers. Just right for a peony or two and even my home grown zinnias come summer.
This is my newest piece. I did pay a whopping $5.00 at a local antique store. I don't have any milk glass with this fabulous basketweave design.
And it makes a perfect holder for my spatulas!
My newest vintage quest is for pottery. McCoy, California Pottery, Shawnee... anything made in the USA.... I don't even mind a chip or two but it needs to be greens, aquas or pinks.... it's for the front porch, which is a work in progress.
So I guess this means that I define vintage as "enduring appeal".
Hope you are all enjoying your weekend. Me? I hope to get out to a few sales or antiques stores this weekend.