eBay’s changes and new rules make it a bit harder for ecommerce Indiepreneurs dealing in vintage and antiques to make a sale. Etsy, while a nice venue for handmade items, seems to put vintage items in second-class status.
If you’re a frustration dealer in the vintage and antique, here are a few online selling venues you may want to try.
Ruby Lane is NOT an auction site, and it is NOT for the cheap stuff. Sellers there stock high quality collectibles and antiques. Vintage is allowed, but please be sure to read all the rules before beginning. There are a number of fees (including advertising fees) that you’ll want to make a note of as well.
While Ruby Lane may seem a bit pricey to sellers, buyers know that Ruby Lane is a great venue for finding the hard-to-find items they love. However, do a thorough investigation before committing yourself to the site as a seller.
Tias offers a greater range of items and categories. For frustrated vintage sellers and collectors eager to find a meeting place, Tias is well worth the investigation. The site has interesting integration with other venues such as froogle and even eBay, as well.
The fee structure for sellers is either a minimum monthly fee ranging from $34.95 to $39.95 (signing up for a longer commitment reduces the rate) OR a flat 10% commission – which ever is higher.
Even if you don’t sell on Tias, I urge you to visit and poke around as the conglomeration of sites that makes up TIAS has a wealth of information regarding vintage and antique items and market. Here’s a search tool to look for your specialties.
For auction sales rather than fixed-price, please take a look at our article about eBid.
If you know of legitimate vintage and antique selling venues, please let us know via a comment here, or an email, or much better still, consider contributing an article about your favorite online market place.