Outdoor flea markets and swap meets are flourishing, even during the pandemic. Vendors are ready to sell their goods, customers are excited to find a bargain, and everyone is trying to enjoy the warm weather while it lasts.
Even though all seems well, many vendors and shoppers are still a little weary to go out in public. Consumers have ecommerce websites to shop from, and most vendors have their own website or are selling on third-party sites such as Amazon, but where can antique and collectible dealers sell their treasures? You’d be surprised at how many marketplaces there are besides eBay.
This site is probably one of the easiest and most affordable places to set up shop. Bonanza is rapidly growing with a large number of shops that are easily customized, and over 12,000 sellers voted them the best place to sell online. And the best part is it’s completely free to list an item with zero transaction fees, unlike sites such as Shopify. For more information, visit their website at www.bonanza.com.
Having been around since 1998, Ruby Lane specializes in antiques, fine arts, jewelry, and collectibles. They have some of the tightest restrictions on what may and may not be sold on their website along with strict requirements for their sellers, but this can be a good thing for consumers since they can trust the product they’re buying, which is important with antique shopping. Ruby Lane typically has higher dollar items listed on their site, so if you’ve got an appraised item you know can be sold for a good price, head on over to www.rubylane.com.
Webstore is a completely free marketplace and auction site supported by advertisements and donations from its users. This allows sellers to keep their costs low and not have to pay listing and membership fees. You can even set up a store on the site for free. Sellers post anything from jewelry and apparel to baseball cards and other antiques. Get started selling today at www.webstore.com/online-auctions.
ArtFire is an Arizona-based global marketplace that specializes in handmade, art, vintage and collectibles. Currently, it has more than 10,000 active shops and is a little smaller than Etsy, and it has monthly plans with no long term commitment. Vendors can list their items for just $0.23 each, so it’s easy to stock hundreds of items without losing out on profits. Sellers also have the ability to link to their Etsy or social media accounts. View more set-up information on their website at www.artfire.com.
OfferUp works kind of like Craigslist in that the site is made for those wishing to buy and sell locally. One nice thing about OfferUp is that there are no listing or selling fees, and there is a special section on the site dedicated to selling antiques. This means it can be easier for buyers to find your antique items for sale! It’s quickly becoming one of the most popular places to sell antiques, so don’t miss out on this opportunity and head over to www.offerup.com.