How & Where Can I Sell My Antique Items at a Higher Price?
When selling your antique items, you’ll want to get the highest price possible for them. After all, why else would you sell them if you weren’t going to gain from it? Here are a few prized tips so you can sell your treasures for the highest return possible:
Where Can I Sell My Antiques?
When searching for the best places to sell antiques, there are some important factors that will set the experienced experts apart from those who are either lacking experience or who are looking to scam you.
Finding local antique buyers is wise. Those who are in your vicinity are more likely to do ethical business – since you have physical access to their office or showroom. It’s helpful to begin an online search of “antique buyers near me”.Contact those that you find appealing. Examine each of the local antique buyers to check out their references and feedback. Ask friends, neighbors, family members, and fellow antique enthusiasts for local recommendations. Be sure to see if the antique buyers you have narrowed down have a Better Business Bureau score or any formal complaints.
With your list of best places to sell antiques, you can begin the process.
Other Places to Find Antique Buyers
Local antique buyers are ideal to do business with, but you can expand your search to give you more options. Antique buyers can be found online. This resource gives you the ability to do business from afar and to get estimates from a larger group of antique buyers. But, there are risks too. Online antique buyers can vanish into cyberspace. For that reason, you’ll want to do some serious homework on any online vintage buyer you are considering.
Antique shows are yet another resource for selling your antique wares. Antique consignment stores may take your items and pay you if and when they sell, minus a fee. Vintage shops sometimes buy them too.
There is always the option of selling your antiques yourself, online or at an antique show. Ebay, Etsy, Artfire, Webstore, Ruby Lane and a number of other platforms are available to market on. Craigslist is a place you can list your items as well. Some platforms require a listing fee and most all charge a percent of your selling price. You will also either need to pay to ship the item, or charge your customer for shopping.
There are scams to beware of that are common when it comes to selling antiques online. Customers can say they didn’t receive the package or that they received an open, empty package. You’ll want to be sure to get insurance on the package and that’s an extra expense. Still, selling your own antique items can bring a pretty penny because you set the selling price yourself.
The Process of Selling Antique Items for the Highest Price Possible
After choosing which antique buyers you want to deal with, you’ll need to show them your antiques. If you are going to a local antique buyer, you’ll set up an appointment or walk in if the establishment allows you to. Bring your items with you, of course. If you are working with an online antique buyer, you will most likely need to send photos of your items or engage in a Skype or face time session.
The more you know about antique selling, the better. Research the origin, condition, and any history behind your antique items. Find out an approximate value for your item, if possible. Going in with knowledge puts the ball in your court.
Stick to your guns. If you know your antique items are worth a given amount, don’t settle for less, at least not before having multiple antique buyers give you an appraisal. Seek out the buyers who advertise they give top dollar for antiques.
One of the most assured ways to sell your antique items for the highest price is to do business with an antique buyer who is on your side. When you are able to trust your dealer to give you a great, fair price, you’ll have peace of mind that you’re getting the best return…every time.
Scott Gram Antiques operates with the utmost integrity. You’ll always get the most money for your antique items. In fact, Scott Gram Antiques invites antique sellers to get other offers first, then come to them with their bottom dollar. That’s an offer that’s priceless.