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    I posted that I had some vintage fabric and there seems to be a problem with what I thought was vintage fabric. There are 72,000,000 things when you google just one subject about it. What is it and do I have vintage fabric or what?

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    well what do you have?

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    This is what I posted last nite.

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-155093-1.htm

    It is only 3 pieces that I wanted to trade, but I have a lot more. May try and sell on ebay.

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    I went and looked at your fabrics. They are not true vintage. The first is about a late 50's maybe even 60's, the second is more late 60's early 70's and the last one is about the same!

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    Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaciqltznok
    I went and looked at your fabrics. They are not true vintage. The first is about a late 50's maybe even 60's, the second is more late 60's early 70's and the last one is about the same!
    So what is considered true vintage what year?

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    Don't ask me!!!!

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    i just read the definition and i belive some confuse antique with vintage they are not one and the same. Vintage was first only a term used in wine making and since we have used it in other ways. There are no real dates to describe vintage usless you put a date on it like a vintage 1924 ford for example

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    I consider vintage to be older than 50 years old. And by that definition, I myself happen to be "vintage."

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewwhat85
    i just read the definition and i belive some confuse antique with vintage they are not one and the same. Vintage was first only a term used in wine making and since we have used it in other ways. There are no real dates to describe vintage usless you put a date on it like a vintage 1924 ford for example
    In the case of vehicles a 1924 ford would be antique. Vehicles become antique after 25 or 30 years(I forget which) unlike furniture, china, glass ware, etc. which is 100yrs.

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    We all had this discussion before :lol: and I will restate my scroogy, grinchy, opinion that by itself "vintage" has NO MEANING except when referring to grapes/wine making . I don't know who started using it incorrectly. Vintage______??? No meaning. Vintage '59, 1947 Vintage etc. mean made in the year stated.

    IMHO 'vintage' is only one step up from that other hideous term:
    'collectible'. And don't make me go THERE. :hunf:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Willa
    Quote Originally Posted by sewwhat85
    i just read the definition and i belive some confuse antique with vintage they are not one and the same. Vintage was first only a term used in wine making and since we have used it in other ways. There are no real dates to describe vintage usless you put a date on it like a vintage 1924 ford for example
    In the case of vehicles a 1924 ford would be antique. Vehicles become antique after 25 or 30 years(I forget which) unlike furniture, china, glass ware, etc. which is 100yrs.
    It depends which state you are in if it is twenty or thirty to ba an antique car

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    Quote Originally Posted by TacoMama
    This is what I posted last nite.

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-155093-1.htm

    It is only 3 pieces that I wanted to trade, but I have a lot more. May try and sell on ebay.
    I, the anti-"vintage" avenger, looked at your fabric and it corresponds to what flea marketers, yard salers, junk store owners and eBayers call "Vintage"---old stuff but not an antique. Knowledgeable fabric historians would do better at dating and probably have already.

    If you run quickly and quietly you may yet avoid the FauxSemantics Police. Now, RUN!

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    Don't let this arguing over semantics bother you. To you is is vintage because it is 36" wide. I accept that. I looked at your thread last night and didn't even notice or care whether it was "true vintage" or not. To me anything over 30 years old is vintage. We all have our own opinions. People need to get over themselves.

    Just go ahead and offer your fabric for trade and if they don't like it, someone might.

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    Sorry, Green Heron, if you had the discussion and I missed it. I am not up on wine making in WV or any other place. Thank you, Barb44, for your caring response. I sure didn't mean to start the Civil War 2011. Can't put all I want to on here or the board police would shut my discussion down.. Thanks for helping me understand the wrong terms, but getting ugly isn't usually my way of doing things.

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    I'll drink to that!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Greenheron
    We all had this discussion before :lol: and I will restate my scroogy, grinchy, opinion that by itself "vintage" has NO MEANING except when referring to grapes/wine making . I don't know who started using it incorrectly. Vintage______??? No meaning. Vintage '59, 1947 Vintage etc. mean made in the year stated.

    IMHO 'vintage' is only one step up from that other hideous term:
    'collectible'. And don't make me go THERE. :hunf:

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    My I'll drink to that was meant to agree with Greenheron, I'll figure this out eventually...probably when I am not sipping Proseco!

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    Had to look up Proseco.......never heard of it. Have a real problem with my sister's death (at 52) which was due to alcoholism and my brother's death (at 45) due to the same disease, if you call it a disease.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barb44
    Don't let this arguing over semantics bother you. To you is is vintage because it is 36" wide. I accept that. I looked at your thread last night and didn't even notice or care whether it was "true vintage" or not. To me anything over 30 years old is vintage. We all have our own opinions. People need to get over themselves.

    Just go ahead and offer your fabric for trade and if they don't like it, someone might.
    Ditto!

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    Thanks, Ann912 and Barb44!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TacoMama
    I posted that I had some vintage fabric and there seems to be a problem with what I thought was vintage fabric. There are 72,000,000 things when you google just one subject about it. What is it and do I have vintage fabric or what?
    The fabric you posted is most likely from the 50's or 60's...they stopped making the narrower width fabrics in the late 60's. It is vintage but Definitely not 30's.

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    I don't know what "vintage" has to be, but if your fabric is just 35" to 38" wide, it is pretty old! :)

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    Look it up in the dictionary. Vintage has come to mean a lot of things more than just grapes and wine making. My DH comes from a long line of Germans........and he is very knowledgeable and vintage. LOL However, the wine making has stopped in his family. :)

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    According to this dictionary, vintage as a noun refers to wine and wine making, but as an adjective it can refer to almost anything.
    http://dictionary.reference.com/brow...tage?qsrc=2446

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