Appraisals expert Dr. Lori Verderame shares tips on buying and selling antiques online.
I am the first step in a long journey from finding an heirloom you no longer need and putting money in your pocket by having sold it online.
I help buyers and sellers regularly learn what they’ve got and what it’s really worth. I show people, on my YouTube channel of instructional videos and via my website, how to spot that yard sale find, hidden attic treasure, or thrift store bargain. I show folks how to research and identify it correctly since there is a lot of misinformation online. I help people learn the methods to correctly identify all types of art, antiques, sports memorabilia, and collectibles. Also, I offer tips for selling your vintage and antique stuff too.
I offer some basic tips for selling, like get an appraisal first before you enter the market so you know what kind of money you are dealing with; be polite yet firm in all your negotiations as a buyer or seller; know what questions to ask if you are trying to sell something that may have been someone else’s coveted family heirloom; and fully understand why you shouldn’t sell your vintage Shiny Brite holiday ornaments at the same time you are trying to sell that Babe Ruth signed baseball. There is a season for everything, even online selling.
Here are some tips if you are looking to sell that World War II teapot, Depression-era china service or 1970s vintage radio and so many other objects, too.
EBay is one of the most active websites for selling vintage antiques objects, thrift store finds, and other collectible objects. I have helped many people learn what they have, recognize the actual market value, and sell for top dollar. How do I do it? I am armed with knowledge and I share it widely at my events, website, and YouTube. Learn from me so you can make money for yourself.
If you are new to selling online consider this: The best time to post something for sale online is at night. In fact, the best night to post something for sale in an online auction like those running all the time on eBay is Sunday night. Why? Because Sunday nights are the most active time period for online buyers. It is the busiest time on eBay and other online auction or online sales websites like Etsy, RubyLane, Replacements, 1stdibs, Chairish, Facebook Marketplace and so many others.
Everything from Pyrex dishes to Japanese woodblock prints can and is being sold online — now more than ever. I have heard from my followers who were first timers that some of my basic tips and encouragement got them selling and supplementing their income. I have heard from others who have told me that with my information they have made their online selling hobby into a full-time job.
If you have never sold on eBay or elsewhere online and think that you might want to start, buy something. Buy something on eBay or on another online site and attract feedback. This feedback helps to establish you to your potential buyers in the future. Be honest and forthcoming in all your transactions as that will keep you in the money when online selling.
Learn the ropes about marketing, popular search words for antiques and vintage selling, how to write an engaging auction description, tips for taking great sales photos of objects, determining accurate shipping costs, repairing damaged objects with care, and much more.
In future columns, I’ll help you learn about timing auctions, how to take great photos that will get that antique sold, and where to find free shipping materials and coupons both on- and offline.
If you are thinking about selling online to rid your home of clutter or trying to make a lot of extra money flipping those thrift store or flea market finds, get out your loupe and measuring tape and follow me. I’ll help you find the cash from the trash.
Dr. Lori Verderame is the award-winning Ph.D. antiques appraiser on History channel’s #1 hit show highlighting the world’s oldest treasure hunt, “The Curse of Oak Island.” For information about your antiques and collectibles, visit www.DrLoriV.com and www.YouTube.com/DrLoriV.