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Firstly, identify as much information about your antique as you can - approximate age, material, place of origin, type, colour, brand, style, etc. You should make a note of how long you have owned the antique for too. Once you feel you have all the information about the item you are selling, you are ready to start making your listing. When it comes around to writing your item description be as accurate as possible, so that potential buyers know exactly what they are purchasing, e.g. 'Antique Sofa, 'Benedict Clock', 'Vintage Candelabrum' and so on. Take lots of photos of your listing too, showing your item in different angles and highlighting any signs of wear.
Search on eBay for similar listings. You'll be able to get a good idea of how much your antique is likely to fetch.
If you have a specific price in mind for your antique, you may want to choose the fixed-price listing option over an auction-style listing. You never know though: an auction listing could fetch more than your original estimate, so experiment with your listings and see which method is more successful.
Once you have provided the item description, you will see a recommended price, which can be a good indication of how much your antique is worth.
Here are a few pointers for a successful sale:
Write a detailed and accurate item description.
Take clear photos of your item, its contents and original packaging.
Price your item competitively and offer free delivery if possible.
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Some antiques can be tricky to ship due to size and weight. It may be easier for a potential buyer to pick the item up themselves, so offer 'Local collection' when you list as well as the usual delivery options. You may want to inform a buyer of your home's access information - for instance, will they need to take a grandfather clock or antique chair down a flight of stairs when they come to collect it?
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