Retroflections Brain Matterby Tyler Woods on Aug. 21, 2009, under Life
I was sitting at a restaurant waiting to talk with the owner for the latest and greatest food interview. I looked at my watch and realized the person was running a little late, so my mind wandered, as it does if I have to sit for more than a minute! I began to think what is retro and who even started using the word retro? Mmmmmm, the food here smells good, and with my stomach growling I wonder if the person will ever show.
I enter back in my head to escape the yummy smelling delights. Is retro outdated fashions that are now fashionable again? I used to think retro was polyester, poodle skirts, and lava lamps, but that isn’t a good description either. So I need to discover what does retro really mean.
Where would one search out the meaning of retro? I went where all us computer geeks venture to find answers. EBAY! So here is what I discovered. Retro gets you a little more money than a non-retro product, but does not rake it in like a vintage product. So I am gathering that retro sells but vintage outsells for bigger bucks, by at least 25%!
Okay, I have been waiting for 30 minutes, and this wait is getting old. Oh yes the word old. Now what is the difference between vintage, retro, and old? I sometimes wonder if I can keep up with the past, actually I sometimes wonder if I can keep up with my mind. Anymore it seems like retro is anything and everything 60 seconds or older. As in, “Look at the cool retro shirt he got in the mall yesterday.” So his shirt is only 24-hours old and it is retro? Then there is the, “Look at this vintage wine gift set.” Take note the gift set is brand new, so it cannot be vintage, yet it is being talked about and sold as vintage.
I think it is all too confusing and there are two choices I need to make; stay away from the malls that sell brand new retro and vintage items, or try to make my own definition of what retro, vintage, and old mean. Of course, I am going to create my own definition. SO here goes.
Pre-1950s I believe should be considered vintage. So we could say, oh that dress from the 20s is “vintage.” Now that would mean anything post 50s would be retro as in “dig that neat poodle skirt.” Old can be a bit more difficult, but if yesterday’s news is old, and bread is a day old, then it would make sense that old would be anything that is 24 hours or older up to the retro phase which is 50s through 80s. This is my brain after a 45-minute wait. I’m out of here!