One in five keeps items they think will be valuable in future

How good are we at spotting the items that are truly valuable?

An online YouGov study of over 2,000 adults, commissioned by London-based self storage company Space Station, identified the public's attitude towards vintage pieces as the trend continues to grow.

22% of us own a vintage book

It seems many of us enjoy a spot of 'retro' shopping. The research found 16 per cent have shopped for vintage items at a charity shop and 10 per cent each at a car boot sale, specialist vintage store or online.

However, despite 17 per cent of adults saying they are interested in preserving the history of items, a similar amount (18 per cent) have never had their vintage finds valued.

Of the vintage memorabilia we own, the study found more than a fifth (22 per cent) of us possess a vintage book, 16 per cent a piece of jewellery and 14 per cent an item of vintage clothing or furniture respectively.

Commenting on the findings of the study, Vlatka Lake at Space Station said: “Many people own items they believe to be vintage and some of those could turn out to be more valuable than originally thought. It’s important to know how to spot a vintage piece and how to care for any you might have to avoid reducing the value or being ripped off.”

“A good place to start is by getting your items valued to determine exactly what they’re worth, if your piece is pricier than you expected perhaps consider getting it safely stored.”

Read our guide to valuing and selling collectables.

How to spot real vintage

  • Furniture Any furniture between 30 to 100 years old can be classified as vintage. Ideally, it should show the characteristics of its era, for instance Seventies' furniture might be wicker
  • Clothing A garment is generally considered vintage when it’s at least 20 years old
  • Car Officially a car can be labelled vintage if it was made between 1919-1930, although the term is often used to describe any car made before World War II
  • Bike A bike frame must be at least 20 years old to be considered vintage
  • Jewellery A piece of jewellery must be at least 20 to 30 years old to be considered vintage
  • Camera usually over 25 years old and takes film.

Space Station has produced a helpful guide on how to spot a vintage item

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