Choosing What to Sell
Buy your inventory. Once you have identified those antiques that make your heart beat faster, you'll have to try to find them. The best antiques most likely aren't going to be at flea markets, so visit estate sales and antique shows. While it's true that once in a great while a valuable antique is found at a garage sale, it's rare. If you're going into the antiques business, you'll need to invest quite a bit of money into it, because you'll want to gather a good amount of inventory.
Arrange storage space. You'll need a clean, safe place to store your antiques, and some sort of system in place so that once you sell something, you'll be able to find it. At times you'll have to hold onto items for a few years before the right buyer is willing to pay a good price for them. When this happens, be patient.
You’ll want to get in touch with your state’s tax authority, as you’ll collect the sales tax from your customers, which you will then need to pay quarterly to your state. Most cities require that you purchase a business license for the city where you operate your business as well.
WHERE TO SELL
There are so many options for selling antiques online. Large venues like ebay, Rubylane or Etsy make it extremely easy. There are lots of tutorials on these sites that walk you through the process.
The benefit of selling on sites like these is that they do all the marketing for you, and their customer base is huge. The fees associated with selling on these venues aren’t as costly as having your own dedicated website, either.
Once you’ve sold your first item, you’ll have to package and ship it. Learn the safest way to ship breakable, delicate pieces. Use clean, quality materials to ship your pieces. Invest in sturdy boxes, bubble wrap and peanuts to keep your antiques safe during transit.
You can ship via the postal service, UPS or use a trucking company for large items. Insurance is a must, because if your antique arrives broken, you’ll have to refund your customer’s money in full.
Whether you have antiques you inherited from your aunt that you want to sell, or you simply love the excitement of uncovering exceptional antique finds at estate sales for resale, online selling can be a fun and rewarding experience!
The owner of Frenchgardenhouse.com, a popular online antique and home décor store, Lidy Baars has more than 18 years of experience as an antiques dealer and designer. Her home and garden have been featured in national magazines such as Victorian Homes...