Vintage tables have clean-cut lines, clearly defined geometric shapes, and are between 50 and 100 years old. All vintage tables have at least one unique, notable feature regarding their overall quality, manufacturer, time period, high market value or rarity.
A vintage table has features that represent the best examples of a specific time period or era. True vintage furniture speaks of the time period in which it was produced and is recognized easily as belonging to that time period because it exhibits the normal furniture production standards of that time.
Vintage furniture differs from antique and retro furniture. Antique furniture is over 100 years in age and usually made of wood, while retro furniture features styles of the recent past. The vintage label applies to furniture that is too old to be considered used or retro, but not old enough to be an antique.
Mid-Century Modern is a very popular vintage furniture style. Vintage tables in this style use vivid colors such as blue, green, yellow, red, black and white. They sometimes use fiberglass and plastics such as Plexiglas and Lucite. Popular wood choices for Mid-Century Modern vintage furniture include teak wood, rosewood, oak and walnut.
Vintage furniture is aged naturally, so it is normal for vintage tables to show slight signs of wear and tear. However, quality vintage tables do not exhibit overt damage. Vintage tables stand without wobbling and show no signs of moisture damage or warping of wood.