Where to Sell Antiques and Collectibles (Online and Locally)

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Where to sell antiques depends on the volume and type of antiques you own. Some people have dozens of items, whereas others have one piece they want to trade in for top dollar.

You can either opt to sell antiques online or find an avenue to get rid of the item locally. Either way, your decision on where to sell will factor into how much cash you’ll get.

First, determine what your antique or collectible is worth. Next, decide whether you want to wholesale or retail. Finally, explore different ways to turn a profit on antiques and collectibles.

Selling Antiques Online

The internet has changed the way people deal with antiques. For example, it’s easier to find out how much an item is worth, which makes retailing antiques much simpler.

Since you have access to more buyers on the internet, in theory, you’ll be able to get more money. However, the downside to selling antiques on the internet is that the cash may not be immediate, and there is a slight learning curve.

Here are the top ways to sell antiques and collectibles online:

1. eBay

Selling antiques on eBay has been one of the go-to ways for dealers to put their collections in front of thousands of people for over two decades. You don’t need to have a business to take advantage of this site.

2. Etsy

Though Etsy started as a marketplace for handmade items, it branched off to include vintage and antique items as well.

3. Ruby Lane

Ruby Lane is arguably the most popular marketplace dedicated to antiques. Though many dealers have success on Ruby Lane, the site is highly curated, and it’s more challenging to get accepted to sell here than it is on Etsy.

4. Other Online Marketplaces

There are half a dozen other large-scale and lesser-known online marketplaces to consider selling your antiques. A simple Google search will bring up some reputable sites, but keep in mind that your exposure selling on sites like this might be less. Some other sites that allow you to sell antiques and collectibles include:

5. Online Dealers

If you have something particular to sell, it might be worthwhile reaching out to some renowned antique dealers on the internet. Check out their website or shop policies and see what they say about buying wholesale from the public. You may only get wholesale pricing, but you will also save yourself time and listing fees in favor of an immediate sale.

6. Social Media

Facebook has an option to list items for sale on its site. Others take to places like Instagram and Twitter to seek out buyers for specialty items.

7. Specialty Sites

If you have a specialty item to sell, consider finding a specialty marketplace to either list your item or sell to a dealer. Some common sites include:

8. Build a Website

Consider building a website if antiquing has become more of a business than a hobby. Selling on a domain you own is smart if you have already built up a following on social media and other marketplaces like eBay or Etsy.

Selling antiques for cash

How to Sell Collectibles Near You

Some collectibles are much easier to sell in person, especially if you aren’t sure what you own. And, believe it or not, there are even more avenues to get your items assessed and sold locally.

These are the best ways to sell antiques and collectibles locally:

1. Consignment Shop

A consignment shop differs from a regular antique shop because all the items inside are listed for sale on consignment. You agree on a price; the shop owner puts it in their store for sale. You get paid when the item sells.

2. Directly to a Dealer

Antique dealers who don’t offer consignment prefer to buy things outright. For instance, if you walk into an antique shop with an item for sale, they will likely offer to purchase it for a wholesale price if they are interested. They may even recommend you to another dealer who might also be interested in buying the item in question.

3. Newspaper Listing

Sell your antiques and collectibles the old-school way by putting an ad in your local newspaper. Most publishers offer free or inexpensive listings that will reach an older audience.

4. Craigslist

This method uses the internet, but it is one of the most common local and free listing sites. Be wary if you are listing anything too expensive on Craigslist. You might consider listing items like that on eBay instead, so there’s more protection for buyers and sellers.

5. Flea Market

If you have a lot of lower-end collectibles you want to sell, consider renting a booth at a local flea market. You can sell most things at a flea market, even if they aren’t old. But remember, most buyers here will be looking for a bargain.

6. Garage Sale

Clear out older items that don’t have much value by setting up a garage sale. Use keywords like “antiques,” “vintage,” and “collectibles” in your online listings for sale so you attract the right type of buyers.

7. Estate Sale

If you need to clear out an entire house, seek a reputable estate sale company. Different companies may offer different packages depending on the estimated value of the house contents.

8. Auctions

If you have a high-end item you want to sell, consider listing it with a local or national auction house. Auctions that are well advertised are a great way to sell a specialty item. If you are worried your antique won’t sell for market value, you can always put a reserve price. Remember, you will have to pay the auction house a commission on the sale.

9. Antique Show

Many antique dealers opt to do a few antique shows per year above and beyond other selling. This strategy allows sellers to meet other dealers and have exposure to hundreds or thousands of potential customers at one time. Many new and inexperienced antique dealers make their start at antique shows. Start small and work upwards from there.

RELATED: AJC’s Antique Show Directory

10. Antique Mall

Antique dealers may also rent spaces inside various antique malls. They might filter different quality items through different booths, depending on what is selling where. Though you might get more exposure on the internet, it’s best to have various avenues to make a sale if you want to start an antique business.

11. Pawn Shops

If you are hard up for cash, a last resort sale option could be at a pawn shop. You can potentially get the item in question back in this type of sale. For instance, heirloom items with sentimental value can be held as collateral on a loan for a specific time.

12. Craft Fairs

Many local craft fairs allow vintage and antique sellers to get booths, depending on the type of show and how difficult it is to gain entry. The benefit of selling antiques at a craft fair is that there will be less competition as far as other antique dealers are concerned. Some small craft fairs at schools may even have a very affordable setup fee.

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