Where to Sell Your Antiques?

If you have a bunch of antiques lying around and you’re not really a collector or something, then you might wanna sell it instead. There are several places to where you can sell your antiques for cash. There are online and offline options, but we think that the following are some of the best places to sell your antiques.

Local Antique Store

Probably the best option you have because you don’t have to go out of your way to go to a faraway shop. This is one of the best if you are selling bulk antique items or large ones because you don’t have to put an insurmountable amount of effort to transport your items to a faraway antique shop.

Facebook

Facebook Marketplace is another great place to sell your antique items. Perhaps one of the strongest points of this option is the ability to view your buyer’s Facebook profile so you can do a little bit of a background check to ensure that they are serious or genuine.

Etsy

Arts, crafts – basically anything handmade you can sell on Etsy and it’s a popular destination for those looking to buy and sell antique items. One of the best things about this marketplace is that the fees are affordable, making it a great alternative or even supplement to eBay. Further, Etsy listings last for up to four months before you have to renew your listing.

Craigslist

Craigslist is very popular because you can buy or sell anything on it. One of the best things about it is that it is geotargeted, so, once again, you don’t have to drive so far (which is painful if you have loads of antiques or bulky items to sell) to sell your items. You can discuss pickup and drop-off locations with your buyer.

Another great thing about it is that although they charge for other kinds of post types such as job listings, products listings are free. Keep in mind, however, that unlike eBay, there’s no middleman in Craigslist so if there are any buyer-seller dispute, you’d have to face it yourself.

eBay

Like Craigslist, you can sell almost anything on eBay. One advantage of it over Craigslist, however, is that almost everything is done online. However, you’ll need to put on an effort to make a successful sale on eBay. You have to manage your listings, answer questions, etc. However, with eBay’s popularity, you are bound to find a decent prospective buyer at the least.

Sell Your Items to Us

Or with us! By selling your items to or with us, you don’t have to go out all the way just to bring your antique items to our shop and have it rejected. All you need to do is to follow our seller’s procedure.

Why us you say? All you have to do is to send a picture or a video of your item via email first so we can check it out and let you know if we are interested in the item. On the other hand, if you decide on a consignment basis, we’ll utilize our advanced marketing tools to help you sell your antique item fast and effortlessly. All you need to do is to follow the procedure on our sell your antique page.

Conclusion

There are so many ways to sell your antique either online or offline, but we’ll suggest you one thing: save yourself a headache and let us buy your antique or help you do the selling so you can just sit back and relax while waiting for your precious antique to be sold.

How to Care for your Antiques

Antiques are valuable. They are items that connect us to the past; items that remind us of certain events, occasions or even certain someone in our lives. Even if you just purchased your antique item and you do not hold any sentiment to it, it is still necessary that you keep it always in an optimal condition. Not only it will last for more centuries to come, but it will also retain or even improve their value for years to come.

Here are some of the ways to care for your antiques.

Properly Store Your Antiques

UV rays can destroy antiques, so keep them away from direct sunlight. If not, your item will face discoloration. Sunlight can also cause materials to dry out and to fade and crack, especially if exposed too long on a regular basis.

And it’s not a great idea to store your antiques in a cold, dark place either. In this scenario, your item can, instead of facing the issues we outlined earlier, collect moisture and mold, severely impacting the item’s stability, durability and integrity.

Keep it Free from Dust

Dust could destroy an antique’s finish. In order to preserve it, you have to ensure that you are keeping it dust free and polished on a regular basis. In addition to that, for your antique furniture, dusting prevents any unwanted odors from sticking in. Also, use natural polish to keep chemicals from affecting and damaging the item’s finish. Avoid polishes with silicone as they can ruin the appearance of the antique wood by giving it an unnatural modern look.

Don’t Touch the Finish

If you are a true antique aficionado, you know that wooden antiques are best left unmodified. This is due to the fact that they are often treated with a variety of finishes by their original owners or makers and that’s one of the things that makes them fascinating. Therefore, it is important to treat the finish of your item before applying polish or wax.

Cleaning Your Antique

Decide whether the antique can be cleaned or not. Believe it or not a cleansed antique might have a lower value than an unclean one. Some collectors prefer to see an antique in its full, original, raw and untouched glory.

Now that you are certain that the item can be cleaned, first, determine how to clean it and check the condition of the time before proceeding.

Before you start cleaning, make sure you check if there is any wear on varnishes and finishes. If there is, then you’d have to do a different approach in cleaning your antiques. For example, if the finish is worn off, then you’ll have to deal with an untreated wood, which is very vulnerable. A wrong move may damage or potentially severely lower the value of your item. Best way to do this is to contact a professional, such as us because this is a sensitive matter to handle.

Sometimes, all you need to do is to dust off your item. Then, rub it with a dry cloth to remove surface grease. You might be surprised that it’s all you needed to make it clean again.

Fixing Damages

Sometimes, you might find that a dent, chip or any damage that’s on your antique is best left unfixed, especially if they add something to the item’s story. In addition to that, you might also find that dirt had hidden away scratches and dents in wooden antiques, though, you might decide to leave them alone too. In the end, it’s best not to severely alter how the antique look like.

However, there are cases where you need restoration jobs. The only way to make this a success is by contacting a professional to do it for you, like Kuttner Antiques.