The stay-at-home orders from states may be a drag, but what better way to use the time spent at home than to do some much-needed spring cleaning? Maybe your basement needs some reorganizing so you can finally finish it off, or maybe you finally need to get rid of your grown children’s baby clothes taking up space in the attic. Whatever the reason for cleaning may be, this is a prime time to make some good progress and get these tasks done.
Besides setting aside a few piles of old clothes and toys to donate to Goodwill, spring cleaning is a great time to uncover those antiques or collector’s items you may have accumulated over the years. Before just tossing them into the donation piles, there are numerous things you can do with those possibly valuable items. So set them aside, and go through these tips to help you earn some money:
Get the Items Appraised
First things first, get the items appraised from an antique appraisal company so you can find out how much the antiques are actually worth. One place to get that done is through Dr. Lori, and she even has a few online options to get those antiques appraised so you can keep socially distanced inside your home. Other places include appraisal fairs and online appraisal services, such as Value This Now.
Sell Antiques Online
If you aren’t a regular vendor at a flea market, then you may want to lay low from selling in public for a little while. Even though flea markets are finally starting to open to the public, there are a lot of restrictions and guidelines, such as a certain amount of people in a given area. For those who rely on selling at flea markets as their main source of income, they’re excited to get back out there and start selling, but luckily there are many online platforms to sell your antiques and collectibles from the comfort and safety from your own home.
Besides eBay and Amazon, there are a number of special flea market websites where people can sell antiques, collectibles, gently used items, or any other treasures that one can find at a flea market on any given day. These websites include vFlea, Fleabay, and Bonanza, among others.
Upcycle or Refurbish the Antiques
If your antiques or collectibles aren’t in that great of shape, you can try refurbishing the item or upcycling it and creating a whole new DIY piece of furniture. But before you decide to go ahead and refurbish or change up the antique, have it appraised by an official first to make sure the piece wasn’t made by a notable craftsman.
For those antiques that aren’t worth that much, refurbishing or upcycling the items can increase their value, which you can then sell online or at a flea market for a profit. With all this newfound time you now have at home, pick a day to get crafty, and maybe even look up some DIY inspirations on Pinterest.