How to Sell Vintage Items
When it comes to selling vintage items, there are a multitude of options available for sellers and dealers, each with their own benefits and drawbacks.
This post will run through the options available for antique sellers, explaining both in-person and online options.
Before selling, it is worth getting an independent valuation for your items if you believe they could fetch a high price. These can be expensive, but worth the money for high-value items if you are unsure of their true value.
Get a Booth at an Antique Mall
Antique malls are arguably the most social and collaborative ways to sell vintage items as they offer the opportunity to mix with hundreds of other antique dealers and a plethora of potential customers. The social element of selling in an antique mall is something that cannot be recreated on online marketplaces and is definitely something everyone should experience in their lifetime!
Another advantage of selling at an antique mall is that you won’t have to worry about shipping costs for larger items, customers will enjoy the convenience of being able to take their items home on the day.
These malls also offer the opportunity to get creative while decorating your booth, and additionally are a great place to add to your own antique collection! Our Highland Mall offers over 55,000 square feet of space for browsing and selling your favourite vintage items.
Sell Online via Online Marketplaces
Ebay has long been the dominant website for online second-hand sales, but recently other sites such as Etsy have grown in popularity. Ebay often suffers from items being undervalued due to a crowded market and the availability of counterfeit products, this can make selling vintage items on there quite problematic.
Etsy has a strong vintage market and is a great place to sell vintage items online, but it can be difficult to get your items to stand out without paying promotion fees, these can easily eat in to your profits. Most sellers will have to pay Etsy a 15% cut on sales generated through automated advertising.
There are other sites available which are dedicated to the sale of vintage and antique items, such as Tias and Ruby Lane, but these come with a monthly membership cost.
Online marketplaces can also be quite unregulated which can lead to problems in receiving payments and potential scams. We recommend using sites with seller protection such as Ebay or Etsy when selling vintage items online.
Sell In-Person at Flea Markets and Yard Sales
Flea markets and yard sales are great places to sell low-value vintage items in large quantities. There’s often a great atmosphere with buyers and sellers clamouring to find the best bargains, so you’ll have to have your negotiation skills at the ready.
These markets often have the added benefit of low selling fees as they’ll typically only charge a fixed seller fee, but it can be difficult to find buyers willing to pay large sums for valuable vintage items. Buyers here may not be looking specifically for vintage items, and they may not have knowledge of the antiques market, meaning they may not be willing to pay a sufficient price for your valuable items.
We hope you’ve enjoyed reading this post and have gained a better understanding of which selling method would work best for your vintage items. If you’d like to enquire about renting a booth at one of our locations, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call (321) 751-2480 (Florida) or (219) 209-3642 (Indiana).