Choos­ing What to Sell

Victorian Homes - - Tricks of the Trade -

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.


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 French­gar­den­, 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...

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