Take a look at the drawer dividers built into the drawers of these 1940's chests. The one on the left is even has a sliding coin tray - made of wood, not plastic - in the center section. Notice, too,that the floors of the drawers are made of mahogany - not particle board.
Antique vs. Vintage: 
Is it antique or is it vintage?
I am often asked this question! What exactly are the differences between antique and vintagefurniture?
Antique furniture is furniture that is at least 100 years old - plain and simple. This is the definition that is most widely accepted by experts like those on PBS's Antiques Roadshow. The definition has its origins in the Tariff Act of 1930, enacted by the U.S. Customs Office. Of course some dealers will try to tell you that anything over 50 years old is an antique, but you'll never find a learned expert to go along. Even if an item was made as early as say, 1924, it is old, but it is still not technically an antique!
Vintage furniture is furniture that is characterized by maturity, excellence, and enduring appeal. This definition comes from the definition of 'vintage' as given by the American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition. But what does vintage really mean? Let's break it down...
  • Maturity: For my purposes, vintage furniture is furniture that pre-dates 1965. Furniture that is at least 50 years old has lived a life that has crossed generations, and has a story to tell - if only it could talk!
  • Excellence: Vintage furniture is extremely well made, with wonderful attention to detail.

  • Enduring Appeal: Vintage furniture was built for function, sometimes even more so than for beauty. Yet, it's inherent appeal endures long after its intended function has become obsolete. Consider this lovely piece by Berkey & Gay. It was once a dressing table and part of a complete bedroom suite. Today, it makes a stunning desk!

At Fabulous Finds, you'll occasionally find pieces that are not antique and they're also not vintage. These are pieces that I have picked up during my treasure hunting that I felt were special enough to make the cut. There are not a lot of these pieces, but as part of my philosphy of "refind-repair-repaint-repurpose" I have included them. I hope you'll find them special too!