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News article on 28/08/2020 by: Decorative Collective

Where to Find Antiques to Sell

If you’re thinking about where to buy antiques, you may be resigned to paying high prices for quality items. Yet that doesn’t have to be the case. In fact, some of the best places to buy antiques can often be places to find hidden gems. Here are some of our favourite places to find antiques and collectables to sell.

List of Places to Find Antiques

Some of the places listed below may not be an option for your interests or niche, but perhaps they are and you just haven’t struck lucky yet. When you’re thinking about where to buy collectables to resell, you’d be surprised at where they can appear.


1. Your Own Home / Family / Friends

You never know what’s in someone else’s loft – or yours, for that matter. If you’ve lived in a house for a while or moved boxes of clutter from one property to the next over a period of years, you might find items you forgot you had. Equally, if relatives have passed away and you’ve inherited random items, looking critically at them could be a great starting point.

Ask friends or family members if you can look at their unwanted items, perhaps the ones you’ve seen stuffed in their shed or in cupboards they’re always complaining about being full of junk. Best of all, you can negotiate fair prices with family and friends to help get your inventory off the ground without spending too much money. Just don’t rip them off – that’s a great way to ruin both a friendship and your business!


2. Carboot Sales & Flea Markets

Carboot sales have always been a haven for antique hunters in the UK, and they’re still a great place to go to find a bargain. If you’re looking at ideas about where to buy collectables, start at a local carboot sale or flea market – one person’s junk is another person’s collectable. It’s a great way to get into the mindset of your ideal customer and work out what they would find value in.

The key point with these sales is to get there early. It’s worth setting your alarm and dragging yourself a few bargains to snatch up a hot item before the crowds hit.


3. Garage Sales

People still have garage sales where they sell items to a local audience. These can be trickier to find, but you can keep an eye out on your local commute and while you’re driving around town to see signs on people’s gates for these types of sales. Some might even put adverts in classified sections, especially if they’re older and don’t want to sell on the internet. It might be that someone’s clearing the estate of a deceased relative and wants to sell it from the doorstep rather than taking it piecemeal to carboot sales or charity shops.


4. Online Auction Sites

The number of items listed via online auction sites can be overwhelming, and its true dealers can spend a lot of time sifting through the dross to find one good item. Many of us simply don’t have the time to do this, and that means we can miss gems. It’s possible to set up alerts on keywords to get notifications about newly-listed items sent directly to your inbox.

There’s also a nifty tool called FatFingers which allows savvy searchers to input an item name into a search box and receive results of misspelt items on eBay. As many people listing antiques and collectables will misspell a word, periodically checking with this tool could help you find a bargain.


5. Charity Shops

Charity shops are great places to buy antiques, particularly as they often receive job lots from customers and there are little gems hidden inside the boxes. However, charity shop staff are becoming more aware of potential antiques in their midst and, understandably eager to maximise profits for their charity, they may be savvy with their prices – especially if they see a regular face perusing the shelves!


6. Antique Shops

It might seem counterintuitive to find antiques for sale in other antiques shops. After all, won’t these prices be inflated meaning no profit margin for you if you sell it on? Well, yes and no. It’s important for dealers to keep stock moving, and if they’re not able to sell an item for some reason, deals can be done. Customers visiting antiques shops expect to see new stock on the shelves, so if an item has been around for a while, a dealer may be more inclined to pass it on at a discount.


7. Online Marketplaces

New platforms such as Facebook Marketplace and Gumtree are easy to use and they are definitely locations to find unusual items – if you’re willing to look through the random listings and the items that nobody would ever want to buy. People don’t always know that what they have could be classed as an antique or might have collectable value for someone else, so you can really pick up a bargain.


Things to Remember Before Buying Antiques

As a final bonus, remember to follow some golden rules when you’re thinking about where and how to find antiques for sale:

  • Consider the price in comparison to the condition
  • Be aware of the resale value to ensure you can move the item and make a profit
  • Think about the history of the item 

Finding antiques can be fun – remember to enjoy it as well as treating it as a business!


About Decorative Collective

Visit Decorative Collective, your online marketplace to buy and sell antiques online. Dealers pay no commission on sales, which allows them to negotiate freely with buyers while knowing exactly what their costs of membership are. There are new items added every day so keep an eye out and grab those bargains when they appear.

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