Sunday, September 25, 2011

Have I crossed the vintage line?!

I love (affiliate link); I'm written about this fun sample sale site a few times in the past. But that's actually not the focus of this post. When I went on there to check out the new sales for the day, a store selling quirky printed tees and vintage items caught my eye. I clicked my way through and began scrolling through rows of fun stuff. Then something caught my eye.

A listing for "4 Vintage Kodak Camera" stood out to me. I love looking at vintage cameras, but something in the image seemed a little too familiar. I clicked on the image of the 4 cameras to get a closer look and sure enough, there was my childhood camera sitting right in front of me. When I was a kid I got a camera for either a birthday or Christmas. I was around 5 when I got it. I remember this because we had gone to Hawaii to visit my paternal relatives and I'd lost my purse (I have always been a purse lover) in a canoe we'd taken a ride on in the Polynesian Cultural Center. My purse had a few of my favorite things including my camera. When we got back I remember my parents replacing it with a different Kodak camera. This one was flat, rectangular, and purple with a small mickey mouse picture in one corner. It also had a hold in the top where a row of flash bulbs fit in (yes, flash bulbs). It took 100mm film and I loved it.

My point to all of this is that an adult model of the camera I owned was in a listing for vintage items!

According to Merriam Webster, Vintage is defined as:

1: of wine : of, relating to, or produced in a particular vintage
2: of old, recognized, and enduring interest, importance, or quality : classic
3a : dating from the past : old b : outmoded, old-fashioned
4: of the best and most characteristic —used with a proper noun <vintage Shaw: a wise and winning comedy — Time>

I remember being told that for collectors vintage refers to things that are under 100 years, which are then considered antique once they cross that threshold. I'm not sure how accurate that is, but either way ... OLD????

I didn't think I was old enough to have items similar to what I had as a young kid put on sale as "vintage" collectors' items!

Looking back, my kids and even younger siblings never saw a camera that used real film; and definitely not one that used real flash bulbs of any kind.

I did some digging to try to find this camera that I probably haven't thought about in at least 15-20 years and managed to find it! You can see it HERE.  

This really made me feel a bit old. I know that my kids, who are growing up with things like iPads, blueray players, etc., are a far different generation than the one I was born into ... but I can't help feeling as though I'm starting to cross the line of remembering "the way things were". Ok ... that made me want to watch "The Way We Were" with Barbra Streisand :) Love that movie, though unrelated to this post. See it if you haven't! Ugh, so good! I love movies from the last century, not just the last decade. I swear my younger siblings (significantly younger) think an old movie is something released in the 90s. Oy vey. Ok, taking my crotchety self off of here so that I can get back to work and spend some time with hubs and the boys :)

I know we're only as old as we feel/think ... but that made me feel as though they labeled me "old" before my time! I did have a quarter-life crisis at 19. So fun for my friends at the time ;) Oh well, c'est la vie!

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