Do you find yourself constantly scrolling eBay or Facebook Marketplace looking for your next vintage and preloved find? Or, do you feel that everyone else seems to get the bargains and you’re left wanting?
There is nothing I love more than a mooch round an antique warehouse or vintage store. Even if I don’t buy anything, it’s fascinating! Unfortunately, over the past few months it’s been tougher than ever to get out to places and even when you’re there, I can’t say that I feel relaxed enough to say that I’m “mooching” and perusing. I usually just want to get in, walk around quickly and see whether they have what I want, and get out of the building as soon as possible!
Anyway, I digress, because what I really wanted to share are my five top tips for buying preloved and vintage items using the likes of eBay and Facebook Marketplace. I’m sure these could be applied to other online auctions too. I’ll share some of my finds along the way too.
If you would like a “vintage chesterfield armchair” then that is exactly what you should type in the search bar.
The more specific you are, the easier it will be to find what you’re looking for compared to, in this example, searching for simply “armchair”.
I’ve also learned that a lot of listings will be described as “vintage” when they’re actually “vintage style”, so be sure to check that in the description.
Filter the results
Filtering the results based on price and distance really helps. There is nothing worse than finding “the one”, and it’s miles away from you or completely out of your budget.
I also filter results on eBay to show ‘auction only’, which saves me having to wade through too many results, that often aren’t actually preloved or vintage.
Set up alerts and save your search
Once you have been specific and filtered your search results, save the search or set up alerts.
This means that you will be notified of other items being listed that meet that search criteria also and because you can be alerted to them, you won’t miss out on the new listing. Win win!
Contact the seller for more information
I find this usually helps in knowing either when they need the item to be collected by, and perhaps extra dimensions too. It’s bad enough not being able to fit everything in the car at Ikea, never mind collecting something you’ve won on eBay, from the seller’s house!
I have had a situation where, even though I’d asked the question about where the item would be, it hadn’t been mentioned that it was up two floors and had taken four men to carry it up there when they’d moved into the house! That’s usually the situation I’m trying to avoid when I’m asking for more information from the seller.
All ended well because we found something better soon after that!
Don’t be afraid to haggle a little
So long as you’re polite and don’t make silly offers, I’ve never had a bad experience when haggling over eBay and Facebook Marketplace.
You want to make sure you get a good deal, and if that happens through a little haggling then it’s worth it!
I hope that these tips have helped and I hope that you’re able to find some preloved or vintage treasure very soon! I already have more search alerts saved!