Tricks of the Trade Learn ev­ery­thing you need to know about selling an­tiques on­line.

LEARN EV­ERY­THING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SELLING AN­TIQUES ON­LINE.

Victorian Homes - - Contents - By Lidy Baars

If

the thrill of the hunt has cap­ti­vated your heart, and your an­tique finds are stack­ing up at home, be­gin­ning a busi­ness selling an­tiques on­line might tempt you.

To take your re­ward­ing part-time hobby and make it into a busi­ness, how­ever, isn’t usu­ally as fun as gath­er­ing the mer­chan­dise. While the thrill of the hunt is what mo­ti­vates most of us an­tique afi­ciona­dos, ac­tu­ally selling an­tiques on­line re­quires some prepa­ra­tion and know-how.

To be hon­est, it takes a lot of ef­fort to make a rea­son­able in­come selling an­tiques on­line. The mar­ket is un­pre­dictable, so if you need a steady in­come, this may not be a wise choice for you. On the other hand, if you’re dis­ci­plined with your bud­get, are will­ing to com­mit time into re­search, are pas­sion­ate about an­tiques and love the idea of a flex­i­ble sched­ule, on­line selling might be the per­fect fit for you. Be­fore selling an­tiques on­line, here are a few things you’ll need to con­sider.

BUSI­NESS BA­SICS

Let’s start with the ba­sics. Most states re­quire that you have a tax ID or EIN on file with them, so you can re­port the in­come you make from your sales. You’ll also need to get a sales tax per­mit to col­lect sales tax in your state. 45 states have a sales tax. Most states ei­ther re­quire that you col­lect sales tax based on the des­ti­na­tion or orig­i­na­tion of your goods.

The best an­tiques most likely aren’t go­ing to be at flea mar­kets, so visit es­tate sales and an­tique shows.

An­tique china, first edi­tion books and vin­tage tole­ware are only a few of the items you might de­cide to sell on­line.

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