These are troublesome times. It’s time we learned how to sell antiques online. For those of us in the antique or retail furnishing business, we are definitely cruising into uncharted waters. Social distancing, mandatory closings of non-essential businesses and daily news of more CV-19 outbreaks, have us all scrambling. There are several options for us. I’ve listed a few below. Feel free to share your successes in the comments below.
How to Sell Antiques Online
Southern Antiques & Accents
The lovely, friendly and well-stocked antique mall where I’m privileged to have my shops has recently closed temporarily. Social distancing and curbside delivery has been our uncomplicated, yet renowned customer service until now. Since the Alabama Governor, Kay Ivy, closed all non-essential businesses, we have continued to sell. We’ve been so fortunate that our customers love us enough to switch to online shopping. Check out our Facebook MarketPlace site as well as my products listed here on this site. New items are listed on both sites daily. Our store SAA is located at 254 S. Greeno Road in Fairhope, AL 36532.
Locally, on Facebook Marketplace there are several Trading Groups where dealers can cross-post their items. It is helpful for the customer if you list where the items are located. If you list an item in a town several miles away, be sure to add that the antique piece can be seen in person at your shop and add address.
- Baldwin Co. Buy, Sell & Trade
- Foley Buy/Sell/Trade
- Cotton Belle Marketplace
- Gulf Shores, Orange Beach, Foley Buy/Sell/Trade
- And so many others
Flea Market Insiders
Flea Market Insiders offers us 9 Tips for How to Sell Antiques Online.They suggest everything from curating a specific inventory, to encouraging reviews and feedback from happy customers.
Other Places to Sell Your Stuff
The following apps all offer opportunities to cross post your items. This month Letgo and OfferUp will be merging their US marketplaces, so be sure to read terms and conditions of both.
Letgo is a mobile app for selling anything you need to get rid of.
Another option that offers the same type of selling is OfferUp.
Shopify is another option, but has monthly fees attached to your account.
We all have to get creative in this time of uncertainty. But, fortunately we continue to hear wonderful stories of people helping each other out. If you have other ideas or stories of success, please share them below in the comments. We will all get through this together.