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How to Sell Your Antiques and Collectibles

Antiques and collectibles can be sold through many ways. However, if you want to sell to a person who is passionate about collecting antiques and memorabilia and also you want to sell it for a good price then you should spend some time doing a little research. Here is a list of the ways you can sell your antiques and collectibles.

How and Where to Sell Antiques and Collectibles

Learn about the items you want to sell – Once you have identified the antiques and collectibles that you want to sell, you should learn about their history which includes the age and origin of the item. You should give yourself some time to visit many antique and collectible road shows and auctions. This will give you the opportunity to ask questions to the dealers who deal with similar items. There are many antique guide books that can help you in your research.

Know the value of your items – Online auction sites and those sites which sell antiques and collectible will give you a vague idea about the prices of the items what was sold recently. When you visit antique road shows look at the prices of similar items.

Live auction houses– This is a good place to sell your antiques if they are really of significant value. Reputed auction houses hold auctions in one particular category and they are advertised heavily to bring in those who are really interested in those kinds of items.

Online auction sites – You can sell your antiques and memorabilia yourself on one of the online sites. All that you need is a good digital camera to click quality photographs of your items. You also need to write a detailed description which mentions all the flaws and defects. Remember that the shoppers cannot touch and feel your wares; the only way for them to do so is through your write-ups and quality photos.

Have a tie-up with your local antique dealer – This is on a commission basis. You can sell your items through an antique dealer who owns a shop. He would know the market price for your items and would also know the eligible buyers. You can also approach the local auction houses that would be able to appraise your items and find good buyers.

Place an ad in online sites and local newspapers – If the antiques and collectibles are relatively inexpensive, then placing an ad in auctioning sites is a good idea. However, read the terms and conditions of those sites before placing the ad. The reason is you will have to pay a small fee in some of the online auctioning sites.