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Antique, Vintage, & Contemporary: Shopping Through the Ages

When it comes to searching for unique items for your home or business, look no further than Blue Moon Estate Sales. At our estate sales, the thrill of the hunt goes beyond the intrigue of finding each item, offering a treasure hunt experience for collectors and enthusiasts alike. Whether you’re looking to decorate your home with pieces that have a story to tell or are hoping to start a collection that reflects your passions, we have a variety of antique, vintage, and contemporary items.

But when shopping for the perfect piece, what’s the meaningful difference between these terms? At Blue Moon Estate Sales, we don’t just provide a retail-like secondhand shopping experience; we provide you with an opportunity to learn more about different eras, trends, and time periods. 

So, let’s take a moment to educate ourselves further on what exactly antique, vintage, and contemporary mean—and how you can spot these items the next time you attend an estate sale.

Understand the Terminology

More often than not, we use the terms antique and vintage interchangeably. But, much to our surprise, the two terms are quite different descriptors. While both describe items that are considered “dated,” antique treasures and vintage pieces come from very different time periods.

What is an Antique?

The term “antique” refers to objects that are generally at least 100 years old. These items often embody craftsmanship and styles from earlier periods, reflecting the aesthetics, materials, and techniques of their era. Antiques are treasured for their historical significance and often hold considerable value due to their rarity and age. From the Renaissance period to the Victorian era, antiques offer a glimpse into the past—showcasing history and heritage.

What is a Vintage Item?

While there is no definitive answer as to what makes an item vintage, it’s mostly agreed that it should be between 20-90 years old. Unlike antique pieces, vintage items are a nod to relatively recent history. Think retro dresses from the 1950s, mid-century modern furniture from the 1970s, and other charming pieces that bring character to your life.

Explore the Elegance of Antique & Vintage Treasures

Whether you’re new to the world of antique and vintage goods or a novice collector of unique pieces, estate sales are a treasure trove filled with endless possibilities. Whether it’s a beautifully crafted piece of furniture from the Victorian era or a delicate porcelain teacup from the Art Nouveau period, each item holds a piece of history within its design.

Estate sales are more than just a shopping experience; they’re a hands-on educational journey through craftsmanship, allowing you to be a part of history. At a Blue Moon Estate Sale, you might stumble upon a 1950s cocktail dress, complete with intricate beading and timeless elegance. Or, perhaps, you’re a lover of literature, dreaming of owning a rare first edition of a beloved classic.

For those with a passion for the finer things in life, estate sales allow you to indulge in the art of collecting. From impressing the in-laws with timelessly detailed fine China to collectible vinyl records that play beautiful sounds of the past, each vintage and antique item you find at an estate sale speaks to the era it originated from.

Contemporary Items For Modern Tastes

When it comes to adding personality to your home and making it one-of-a-kind, estate sales are the perfect shopping location. But you don’t have to purchase vintage or antique treasures to make your home stand out from your neighbors. At Blue Moon Estate Sales, we don’t just sell antique and vintage items—our range of offerings extends to contemporary treasures as well. 

The definition of contemporary is that it belongs to the present, reflecting the trends that are popular right now. This means that the items you find in your local boutiques and big-box stores are considered contemporary pieces. Much like these other shopping locations, estate sales are known for having various contemporary items that appeal to all homeowners, staging professionals, rental property owners, and more.

Whether you’re on the hunt for fast-fashion pieces to update your wardrobe or modern furniture to revamp your living space, our estate sales have something for everyone. Our curated selection varies from sale to sale, but you can always find appliances, furniture, decor, and more at a Blue Moon Estate Sale in your area.

A List of Contemporary Items You May Find at an Estate Sale

  • Picture frames
  • Lamps
  • Furniture
  • Storage baskets & bins
  • Mirrors
  • Artwork
  • Holiday decorations
  • Clothing & jewelry
  • Rugs
  • Appliances
  • And more!

For a more detailed list of items you may find at a Blue Moon Estate Sale, take a look at our previous blog posts. We’ve covered a variety of topics in-depth and provided tips and tricks for finding items that will enhance your own personal collections.

Connecting Past, Present, & Future at Blue Moon Estate Sales

At Blue Moon Estate Sales, the possibilities of what you’ll find are endless. Whether you’re searching for a specific item or simply browsing for inspiration, we’re here to help you discover hidden gems and must-have pieces. Search through each room for that finishing touch in your new home or for a small trinket to gift to future generations.

Whatever you end up discovering, the best part is that these treasures come at budget-friendly prices. You’re not only repurposing items for longevity, you’re finding them at discounted prices, making it all the more exciting to start your estate sale adventure.

Start Shopping at a Blue Moon Estate Sale Today

Blue Moon Estate Sales is a nationally recognized estate sale company offering home downsizing services as well as commercial liquidation services throughout the country. Let our liquidation professionals help you rehome your belongings or discover unique treasures today. We can’t wait to hear from you!

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