We had excellent cheere, rare vintage, and were drunke after supper. Well, not me and the Mr, obviously, sadly that hardly ever happens here. No, it was Castruchio and chums who'd enjoyed some good wine, way back in 1604*. Fact: until long after Queen Victoria came to the throne the only thing commonly referred to as vintage was 'the yield of the vine'. To go vintaging was to gather grapes - at the vintage, that's where the time element came from - not embark on a shopping expedition.
Fast forward a bit and vintage becomes more about the when than the wine. Vintage stuff was new stuff once but it's old stuff now. How old, however, is open to debate. A vintage Daimler, for example, will have been made between the wars, but a vintage Dinky car any time between 1940 and 1980.
Members of the vintage community - we're talking subcultures not viticulture now - all born in the last century, often seem happy with a looser definition of the word: 'if, like me, it was created before 1990 and I like it, it qualifies'. Which seems fair enough, I'm not averse to a nice bit of last century vintage myself. What I'm struggling with is the notion that you can create your own vintage treasures. Surely vintage things have a history as an entity? If I make a new thing from bits of old things, vintage or otherwise - a time honoured occupation - isn't that recycling or repurposing?
The little zinc planter that houses my Advent ivy wreath reckons it's 'vintage' ... I guess the label wasn't big enough for the garden centre to add the word 'style'. And the candles are apparently 'vintage' white. Has the world gone mad?! Am I the only one bothered by vintage's bid for world domination**? Do please tell me what you think about it all.
Edited to add ... I just unpacked my weekly shop ... my Flash anti-bacterial household wipes are marked 'Vintage edition' ... I'm not going to tell you what I said on seeing that!
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Blogtopia is currently rife with Blogspot bloggers reporting unexpectedly hitting their image quota limits. This is apparently a known issue which Blogger is investigating. What seems less well known is that images sized to 800 pixels or less, top to bottom and side to side, are not included in your quota. PicMonkey has a free resize facility (it's listed in Basic Edits) that allows you to manipulate pixel numbers while maintaining the image's proportions. All images on knitsofacto are sized to 640 pixels max in either dimension, and after two years of blogging here I have used less than 1% of my image storage space. I do hope that's info that is useful to some of you.
Edit: for more detailed info on this see my response to Vintage Sheet Addict's comment below, and see Tess/Driftwood's comment if you really have hit capacity on image storage.
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* If you're of a sensitive nature you might not want to follow the link, it takes you to the text of a rather bawdy Jacobean comedy!
** Berocco produces a yarn they've named 'Vintage', it's 50% acrylic and 10% nylon ... that sounds about right then!