The painting or vase you found in grandma's basement or at a yard sale is now an antique. You want to sell it but you have no clue where. There are several online venues for selling antiques. They offer a platform for showcasing and getting the best value for your item. Some are even free and some provide appraisal services. Following is a list of a few places to sell your antiques and collectibles online.
This is definitely one of the best sites for selling your antiques. Listing is absolutely free with no seller fees or other hidden costs. Once you register, the site makes it easy to upload photos and add the item description. The people at Junkables are very friendly and offer video tutorials on every aspect of becoming a successful seller. There are numerous categories to choose from including a "wanted" section in case someone is looking to buy a specific item. This is a great alternative to Ebay.
USA Antiques Online -
This site is a little more sophisticated and they do charge for listings though not very much. They tend to feature high-end items and charge accordingly but there are cheaper items as well. USA Antiques seems to attract dealers though they emphasize that individual listings are welcome. They offer lots of specific categories and consider themselves a classified ad marketplace. It is a busy site with links to auctions, art shows and services. One problem is the pages jump every thirty seconds or so when ads are changed. This is a good place to sell your expensive antiques.
I Antique Online -
I Antique is not only a place to sell and buy treasures, it is a community of antique-lovers as well. Members create their own selling page and can share their experiences in the forums. In the "group" section, you can get help identifying and evaluating the market value of your antique. You can list up to five items a day. The site includes plenty of links from where to find parts and pieces to best antique malls and flea markets. This is a very friendly place where members help and support other members.
Though better known for selling handcrafted items, Etsy's "vintage" category is ever expanding and is a perfect platform to showcase your smaller antiques. It is a lively community with over 15 million buyers and sellers. Here you can open your own shop and there are no membership fees. They do charge twenty cents to list an item for 4 months. Once you sell, they charge a 3.5% fee. The website is great and user-friendly and they offer online labs to get you started. Etsy has a good reputation and is well worth the time.
Ruby Lane -
This award winning website is well known for its targeted and quality traffic. Launched in 1998, Ruby Lane is the place to list your better antiques. They do have a tiered pricing structure but it's very affordable. Ruby Lane is seller-friendly. They won first place in customer service in the 2012 ECommerce Bytes Sellers Choice Awards. They know their stuff and often feature promotional sales and every power tool possible to sell your antiques for the best possible price. Ruby Lane is the queen of online antique sales.
Old And Sold -
Old And Sold is an antiques auction and marketplace that is full of information about antiques so you'll know exactly what you are about to sell. Selling is free here with no hidden fees. I've seen items sold for as much as $10,000 and as little as $1.00. Their selling format is similar to Ebay's and easy to use. Old and Sold also offers an appraisal service with a one-time cost of $9.95 per item. This very detailed site also has a Chat forum for questions and discussions. Customer service is also friendly and efficient.
WebStore isn't just for antiques but many people sell them there. It is both an auction house and a marketplace and selling is absolutely free. You can sell as an individual or open a free store. You can sell your item at a fixed price or list as an auction. This site is very lively with thousands of listings and buyers. At this time there are over 20,000 antiques and artwork items available. The format is simple to use and browsing is a breeze. Another nice feature is the "neighborhood view" where you can see what's for sale near you. WebStore has won awards and has great reviews.
TIAS has been around since 1995 and was the Readers' Choice award winner at About.com in 2011. They also were in the "Top 10" sellers choice in ECommerce Bytes Award. At TIAS, sellers open a shop which has a monthly fee but from the reviews and reputation it's apparently worth it. Over 700,000 people visit TIAS every month and they get your merchandise on all major search engines. TIAS offers a 60 day free trial so you can check it out for free. They cover the gamut in antique categories and have been very successful through the years.
Bonanza is known as a marketplace for handmade goods but their antique and vintage category is ever growing in both size and popularity. With great reviews from many sources including CNN and Family Circle Magazine, Bonanza is a smart website. You can import items already listed on Ebay. Listing is free on Bonanza though they do charge a 3% fee after your item is sold. They keep things simple and customer service is great with phone support and live chat. Bonanza believes in treating their sellers right.
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carolina muscle from Charlotte, North Carolina on July 05, 2013:
This was an interesting and helpful hub.. I've used Etsy before, but didn't know about the others ! Thanks!
Michelle Liew from Singapore on May 12, 2013:
I love this. You have provided great connections to stores. Thanks for sharing, Suzie! Passing this on.
RTalloni on January 14, 2013:
Thanks for this look at using sites to sell antiques online. I'm looking forward to checking out the sites.
Jane from UAE on November 29, 2012:
Thanks for the information, i will try and sell in some of the sites you have mentioned and see how it goes
suziecat7 (author) from Asheville, NC on November 10, 2012:
So true, Bill. Now why didn't I hang on to all those baseball cards I amassed as a kid?
WillStarr from Phoenix, Arizona on November 10, 2012:
The common items of my boyhood are the antiques of today, and the old stuff in the attics of my grandparents are the rare treasures.
If only we would have known!
suziecat7 (author) from Asheville, NC on October 24, 2012:
Thanks, everyone - hope some of these places are helpful. I just opened a WebStore so I'll see how that goes. Thanks again.
Enelle Lamb from Canada's 'California' on October 23, 2012:
Thanks for the excellent links to other options than Ebay! Most appreciated. I have a lot of copper that I would like to sell, and it hasn't been moving well on Ebay, so I will check out a few of your links :)
Christy Birmingham from British Columbia, Canada on October 21, 2012:
A good guide for anyone who wants to sell antiques. I have to admit Etsy overwhelms me a little but it may well be worth it to learn more about the site!
suziecat7 (author) from Asheville, NC on October 17, 2012:
Thanks, Genna - glad you could stop by.
Connie Smith from Southern Tier New York State on October 16, 2012:
Very useful information that I have bookmarked for future reference. I have many vintage items and some newer ones I want to sell, but wasn't sure ebay was the right place. Now I have alternatives. Thank you! Voted Up, Useful and Awesome, also pinned.
Life Under Construction from Neverland on October 15, 2012:
your hub is very useful! i know it can help a lot of people trying to sell their antiques stuffs.
suziecat7 (author) from Asheville, NC on October 14, 2012:
Angela - hope these sites prove useful to you. Thanks for reading.
suziecat7 (author) from Asheville, NC on October 13, 2012:
Wesley - thanks for bringing this to my attention. I have no idea what this is about but will look into it. And yes, I had articles stolen before. I will let you know what I find out.
Wesley Clark on October 13, 2012:
Suziecat7, did these people steal or get your permission to post your article? Link: http://silverliningmarketing.com/sell-your-antique... They stole my article, didn't link back to hubpages, nor give me credit. Has this happened to you before? I am new, only posted two hubs, so that is why I ask.
suziecat7 (author) from Asheville, NC on October 12, 2012:
Viewfinders - Thank you so much.
Genna East from Massachusetts, USA on October 12, 2012:
Excellent article. It's great to have alternatives with which to consider when selling antique items. This is a very useful hub.
Angela Blair from Central Texas on October 11, 2012:
Excellent information and so helpful to me right at this time -- working on an old estate that hasn't been touched since the 1950s -- and about 2500 valuable books -- hoping to have a sale in November and then list the rest online so your information is very helpful to me. Thanks@ Best/Sis
suziecat7 (author) from Asheville, NC on October 11, 2012:
Hi Diogenes - I also sell on Ebay but started looking around for alternatives. Yes, too obvious so decided to leave it out. Thank you so much for checking out my Hub. Always good to see you.
suziecat7 (author) from Asheville, NC on October 11, 2012:
Point2make - You are welcome. Thank you for stopping by.
viewfinders from India on October 11, 2012:
thanks for sharing these details with us...
i like to sell and buy some antiques, i thinks i will try to do with these sites,voted up and sharing
diogenes from UK and Mexico on October 11, 2012:
I have sold about 20 antique items on Ebay, as well as hundreds of ordinary junk. I use Ebay for everything, but I didn't notice you mentioning it...too obvious maybe?
point2make on October 10, 2012:
Thank-you suziecat7 for such an informative hub. I have been searching for choices in online selling and your hub will save me a lot of time . This hub will serve as a great reference site for me...thanks again.
suziecat7 (author) from Asheville, NC on October 10, 2012:
Mpropp - Thanks - Some of these sites in particular offer very useful information. Glad you liked :)
Melissa Propp from Minnesota on October 10, 2012:
Very interesting hub. I often watch tv shows like Pawn Shop and think to myself "why didn't they try to research the value of that antique on-line?" You have given us several options to help us determine the value of our antiques and sell them in a forum where others are specifically looking for these items. This was a highly useful article. Thanks!