A few years ago, when my collections became unwieldy, I chose to sell off my less-than-favorite items on eBay. I wasn’t in business like I am now, I was just a collector getting room and money to go shopping again. As soon as I decided to go into business as Wisdom Lane, I immediately began listing antiques on eBay, as I did before.
And I was surprised at the result.
My antiques weren’t really getting the bids and the lookers as they did before.
So what happened?
As an experiment, I listed my original Nintendo console with eight games. I also listed a separate lot of twenty-four Nintendo games. I listed the two lots as auctions with the option to Buy It Now. The two lots sold within five minutes.
eBay appears to have a different type of shopper than it did a few years ago. The current shopper seems to be interested in collectibles rather than antiques—thirty- or forty-somethings looking to get back items from their youth.
As a result, my strategy will change as I continue to test this theory. I’ll be selling collectibles on eBay, and I’ll look for different sites where I can sell my antiques. First stop for some of my vintage items: Etsy.