How to Sell Antiques Online in Such a Time as This

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.

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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.

 

Refresh Your Furniture with Farmhouse Paint Giveaway

Ok, so I didn’t learn everything I need to know in kindergarten. For example, at 5 years old my idea of updating furniture would include magic markers and finger paints. Well, I had just as much fun recently at a Farmhouse Paint class at Southern Antiques and Accents. I learned an easy technique to refresh my furniture with Farmhouse Paint. Fortunately for my newly manicured nails, no finger paints were used.

Farmhouse Paint is not chalk paint

Ann Taylor and Jennifer Pierce taught me some new tricks of the trade that I couldn’t wait to share with you. Farmhouse paint is not chalk paint, but you use it like chalk paint – only easier. The thing I love most about it is that you won’t get bored watching this paint dry. It dried super fast.

Farmhouse Paint

For my first project, I chose a recently purchased box with lid that needed a little pizzazz. You tell me what kind of box you think it is. Some say it is an old file box perhaps from a library and some think it is an old shoe shine box because of its slanted design. Here is the before …

Farmhouse Paint Project

 

 

 

Easy steps to refresh furniture or other items

  1. Wash your project with a little dish soap and water.
  2. Paint with color choice. I used Cotton White and love the results.
  3. Allow to dry for about 15-30 minutes.
  4. Lightly sand. Finished! Or…
  5. If desired…Apply antiquing gel and allow to dry.
  6. Lightly sand.

Since I wanted the finished product to look more shabby than chic, I used a dry brushing technique that was super simple.

Dry Brushing with Farmhouse Paint

I loved how much older this makes the piece look. It highlights imperfections to give it character.

Aged look with Farmhouse Paint

There’s a very light coat of Black Antiquing Gel added to give the piece dimension. If you look closely at the photo above you can see traces of black.

And here is the finished project and the happy painter!

Farmhouse Paint Finished Project

Do you like it as is? Would you add a stencil? Like and share this post on Facebook and leave a comment below for your chance to win a small container of Farmhouse Paint. All contestants will have their name entered into an electronic raffle and winner announced on August 5, 2019.

Treasures Past & Present

You can see all the fun colors from the Farmhouse Color Chart or visit Jennifer and Ann’s selection at Southern Antiques & Accents on Greeno Road in Fairhope, AL.

 

Recap: In order to win your free small container (it lasts forever) of Farmhouse Paint, please take the following steps:

Refresh your furniture with Farmhouse Paint! You’ll be so glad you did. Winner announced on August 5, 2019.