Antique [an·teek]: any work of art, piece of furniture, decorative object, or the like, created or produced in a former period, or, according to U.S. Customs laws, 100 years before date of purchase.
Vintage [vin·tij]: of old, recognized, and enduring interest, importance or quality, dating from the past.
Using antiques and vintage pieces in your decor can create an interior that exudes warmth and patina and conveys a bit of history. These heirlooms are resilient, durable, valuable and often convey a character of their own. Collectible bibelots and objet d'art can show great craftsmanship and trigger "all the feels" ~ of nostalgia.
Decorating with antiques keeps a space original and unique, rather than cookie-cutter and redundant.
It doesn't take a roomful of pieces to illustrate a life considered and well-lived, just a few. And collecting antiques is Green and fun, bringing you to places you might not otherwise visit and connecting you to people you might otherwise not meet. So go ahead. Recycle the past.