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In general, vintage and antiques are trending toward small, functional, and nostalgic. Small because millennials (born 1981-96) prefer smaller spaces and are often on the move. Functional because owning something that is solely decorative doesn’t work with “small” and “on the move.”
And finally nostalgic because at some point most of us enter a stage where we find comfort in memories from our childhood, whether it’s a toy, something mom used in the kitchen, or some other item that hits an emotional cord.
So something that touches on all three of these factors–small, functional, and nostalgic–promises to hold enormous interest for buyers, millennials in particular.
Please keep in mind as you read this list that I have purposely focused on items that I expect to sell well for the average vintage and antique dealer. For example, while watches in the $1000-5000 range may be great sellers, the average dealer isn’t handling items in this price range on a regular basis.
Let’s take a look at a few of the most trending products, or should we say, popular for the new generation in 2021.