Not everyone has the time or energy to go looking for antiques and vintage items in-person, especially if looking for particular items. In many cases, it takes experience in knowing what to look for and it takes time to pick through unwanted items. If the in-person approach has hindered you from looking for vintage items, then this list is for you!
Some things to consider when using online vendors is to look for a highly rated seller, free or cheap shipping costs, and fair costs based on the true value of your items. Value varies depending on how long you’ve looked for a particular item, how popular it is, and whether or not it perfectly fits your criteria. The more frequently you check these sites, the better of a grasp you will have on price comparisons.
Never be afraid to haggle a little bit, even online. If you can privately message the seller, send them a message asking for a cheaper price and give reasons why (you found it on another site for cheaper, you see that it’s been listed for a while without being sold, etc.). Always remember to be polite and be sure to avoid offending them by offering too low of a price. Normally about 10-20% off is a reasonable range.
At the end of the day, if you really love an item then you need to take that into consideration with the price. What I may think is too expensive may be reasonable in your opinion, especially if it’s an item you’ve looked for over a long period of time.
Now, with these tips in mind, get out there and search for your own vintage treasures using this comprehensive list of vendors!
Comprehensive Sellers (Clothing to Furniture)
Without surprise, Etsy continues to be a dominant hub of independent vendors and artists. One particular niche that thrives on this site is antique and vintage items. One of my favorite things about Etsy is the community that has been built around the site.
Many vendors are willing to haggle, throw in bonus items, give free shipping, and be honest about what they are able to do for you. You may be surprised at how much they are willing to work with you in order to get your business. Plus, you have the added bonus of knowing that you are helping a small business every time you buy from this site!
Another huge site of vendors includes the powerhouse ebay. One of the main headings on their site is “Collectibles & Art.” Underneath this heading, you can find antiques, art, comics, stamps, coins, pottery, and more.
Ebay functions on an auction system, so the vendor will take the best offer on the item. This means that they expect you to haggle from the beginning. If the vendor hasn’t been able to move this item in a while, they may be willing to take significantly less than the asking price. In fact, they most likely have taken haggling into consideration when listing the item so that it’s probably worth around 20% less than the listing price.
Everything but the House
Like ebay, Everything but the House works on an auction system. Be aware that the shipping on this site tends to be pricey, so be sure to use their shipping estimation tool before adding your bid. For instance, the bid may only be $1 but the shipping could be $50! This makes a big difference in the ending price.
With shipping in mind, it’s still a great place to find some unique art pieces and furniture in good shape. Even with the added shipping, it can be worth it in the end if you find the perfect piece for your home.
For luxury items, 1st Dibs has quite the selection of furniture, clothing, and everything in-between. This site definitely isn’t for everybody, but it’s good to keep in mind if you are looking for a particular piece of furniture or if you are a collector of a certain brand name clothing. Just know that the price range will be more in the thousands on this site, so it may be more of a “look and dream” type of site for most of us.
Try looking for items being sold on more affordable sites before taking the plunge with an item on this site. Of course, you may not be able to find it anywhere else, but it doesn’t hurt to look.
For an incredible range of affordable paintings and art pieces, Live Auctioneers probably takes the cake. Of course, many other types of vintage items like fashion, décor, furniture, and jewelry can be found here, as well. This site tends to also be on the pricier side, but it stays within reach (within the hundreds) for most things, making a bit more affordable (typically) than 1st Dibs.
Ruby Lane reminds me a lot of Etsy. You have the option of emailing the vendor personally, so there’s definitely more room for haggling on the price of the item and the shipping. It also has a wide selection of constantly changing inventory. Some pretty gems I found recently: a Blue Ridge powder box, a tole hand painted metal tray, and a set of six green goblets.
Bonanza offers expansive variety as an online seller market, from used vintage clothing, collectibles, vintage décor, and true antiques. The best part about Bonanza is the extensive search bar on the left side–it even gives the option to choose an era like Art Deco, Victorian, and Baroque.
One of my favorite features is that on the photo it lists the price and shipping option – like “free shipping,” calculate shipping, or an actual shipping price. Shipping varies by seller.
Selency is an online flea market with ever-changing inventory. The best part about Selency includes the search filters on the left-hand side. Choose whether or not you want only items who have a negotiable price and if you want to see items on sale. Also, narrow down your search if you’re looking for a specific item by inputting the color, designer, style, material, and dimensions.
Please note, this website lists items in euros since vendors sell from one of four countries: France, Netherlands, Great Britain, or Belgium.
For local inventory from every day sellers, Craigslist still competes. On the homepage under “for sale,” the category “antiques” is listed first. Click there and then put in your zip code and the amount of miles you’re willing to drive to pick up items and it will show you every item for sale in your area. I
f you would like to see items that are able to be shipped from anywhere, be sure to click “delivery available” on the left-hand side. In keeping with the times, Craiglist even offers a cryptocurrency pay option.
letgo (OfferUp in the U.S.)
OfferUp functions as an app on your phone. Like many online seller sites, the prices tend to be high (people normally try to sell an item here before giving up and donating it). Don’t be afraid to haggle with the seller and give your best offer. Many sellers will be willing to work with you, especially if you are able to pick up the item right away.
The search filters on the left side are more limited, so expect to scroll through a random assortment of antiques instead of being able to specifically search.
If you love PayPal because of it’s secure pay system, then vFlea is the online market for you. It only accepts payments through PayPal and works on a haggle/barter system. It gives you the option to haggle right away, so the seller expects you to offer a lower price than what is listed, which makes the process less awkward.
If you have valuable items you want to sell that are comparable in price, you have the option of bartering those items in exchange for goods as long as the seller accepts the deal.
Like other online flea markets, Mercari has many different categories with “Vintage & Collectibles” being one of them. Filter by brand name, color, price, and condition. Also, select whether or not you want shipping or delivery options. This site tends to be geared more toward collectibles like coins, comic books, and stamps, but other vintage items may be found with a little digging and patience.
Art Fire acts like a smaller Etsy for lack of better description. In order to bypass the handmade and artisanal items and view only vintage items, be sure to select the filter on the left that says “Vintage Only.” This will ensure your search only includes authentic vintage items instead of new items.
For the most part, Vestiaire Collective sells designer clothing and accessories, but it does have a category called “lifestyle” where collectibles and vintage items like dinnerware, décor, photography, and art can be perused. Vestiaire Collective prides themselves in only selling designer items, so this is the place to look for specific items by specific designers.
For mostly collectibles and vintage items from the 1800s on, check out retrophobia. It functions as an online flea market where you can use the search bar at the top, scroll through the random listings on the home page, or use the left toolbar to search within categories.
5miles only shows items in your area. If you want some excitement and know exactly what you’re looking for, this might be a fun platform to visit. To bypass the bidding wars, go to the regular categories on the side to view local, static listings.
The homepage on 5miles looks a lot like Facebook Marketplace mixed with ebay. It’s called 5miles Dash and operates on a bidding system in real time. A bar at the bottom turns colors and gets smaller as people bid higher and higher. Once accepted, it says “Going once” in yellow, “Going twice” in red, and then SOLD in grey. Then it shows the next item up for bid. If you win the bid, you pay with credit card and then the item is delivered to your door.
Claiming to be the largest online flea market, fleabay offers services, livestock, real estate, transportation, along with typical antiques and vintage items. Due to its size, expect to dig through more listings or to find nothing listed at all. The inventory constantly changes, so you never know what you’ll find.
When you arrive on the page, be sure to click on antiques and collectibles or clothing and accessories at the bottom. This helps narrow your search for vintage items. Be aware that popup ads abound and this site tends to be more time-consuming than other platforms.
Facebook Marketplace normally offers a wide range of local items from sellers in multiple different situations such as people who may be moving soon, are going through spring cleaning, or just want to make a few extra dollars.
The drawbacks of Facebook Marketplace is that you have to have a Facebook account in order to use it and there is no filter for vintage or antique items. This will require scrolling through the feed in order to find unique items here and there.
Clothing Consignment Stores
When it comes to thrifting for vintage clothing, it can be time-consuming. That’s where thredUP comes in! They make it easy by offering used and like new clothing from multiple brands. As with any consignment store, expect to look around until you find items that are truly vintage or with vintage style.
One way to curate to your style is to order their “goody box.” Go through a simple quiz telling your measurements and preferences, pay a $10 nonrefundable fee, and then receive 10 items that can be returned for free.
Anyone can sell on Poshmark, so it is a large consignment platform with a constantly changing inventory. If you like particular brands and look for vintage items by them (from the 90s or older), then use the filter to view these particular brands. Try checking regularly so that you never miss new items!
Depop is similar to Poshmark but seems to focus more on sellers than products. Sellers on this site tend to have a certain aesthetic, so try following sellers with styles you like. They curate their own inventory so that you can count on them for a consistent look.
On Swap rest easy knowing that they hand pick each item they add to their inventory. It must meet certain quality standards before they choose to sell it. Also, you have the option of returning any item for free within the first 30 days.
Beyond Retro specializes in vintage clothing, so you don’t have to pick through the listings like on other sites. They only sell items from the 1960s-1990s and these items are handpicked from “raghouses.” The business itself is run by stylists who keep up with vintage trends so that their inventory remains relevant and fresh.
If you love brand names and look for authentic vintage items, look no further! Tradesy specializes in authenticating brand name items (they have a 99.7% accuracy rate). This site offers a wide-range of upscale gently used designer products for classy fashionistas and collectors.
The Real Real
Along the same lines as Tradesy, TheRealReal sells used designer clothing and accessories. It requires each website visitor to sign up with their email in order to become a member to buy or sell. This typically sorts through the phonies and ensures that your sellers are validated.
Patagonia Worn Wear
Patagonia goes above and beyond not only in quality but in customer service. Not only do they sell amazing clothing brand new, but they have a site called Worn Wear where they take recycled whole items and pieces and make new clothing out of them. Beyond that, they offer traveling workshops teaching people how to repair their items themselves through education, saving them money.
Antique Furniture & Vintage Décor
One Kings Lane
Interior designers and antique collectors/consultants run the behind-the-scenes at One Kings Lane, so the products are perfectly curated. On the homepage, be sure to click on the Vintage heading to find their hand-picked designer antiques and vintage items.
Retail runs a bit high on this site, but the quality is amazing. If you trade in antiques or have your own interior design service, consider partnering with them. They offer a “To the Trade” program where consultants help you find the exact pieces you may be hunting for your projects.
When in the market specifically for vintage rugs, look no further than Revival Rugs. They find quality vintage rugs made in Turkey and Morocco still in great shape. Narrow your search on the left-hand side by setting the price range, design style, size, country and region, and more. This option ensures you find a truly unique rug that can be found nowhere else.
Along the same lines as Revival Rugs, Kilim Studio offers vintage and antique (over 90 years old) rugs. On their website they explain the difference between a kilim flatweave rug and a carpet or pile rug. Basically the weaving technique makes the rug more durable, look flatter, and tends to show geometric patterns. Since they specialize in kilim rugs, their vintage and antique offerings are of the flatweave variety and hail from Asia, North Africa, and the Middle East.
Tara Shaw Antiques
Tara Shaw Antiques provides hand-picked upscale European antiques. A leading interior designer, Tara Shaw incorporates antiques into modern décor for a simple, beautiful space. She also makes her own furniture in a line called Maison, which she feels pairs perfectly with antique furniture. This website leans to the pricier side, but the items are historic and gorgeous.
Rehab Vintage Interiors
Not all antiques and vintage items hold up with the test of time. Rehab Vintage Interiors takes these items and refurbishes them. If you’re the type of person who enjoys combining the old with the new, this is the perfect website for you. The cool part about this website is that they list a phone number so that you can call and speak with an actual human about any items you find. This ensures you’ll learn all about the history if they have it, what they changed and what’s original, and all of your questions will be answered by someone.
Omero Home and Srchie
I list these online stores only because I found them on other lists as recommendations. Over the course of several days and using different browsers I attempted to use these sites. They never worked for me – just buffered with a loading symbol without end or listed zero items with each category. If anyone has suggestions on how to fix this or want to share similar experiences, please comment below. Hopefully it’s a momentary issue with their servers and I’m able to access them soon.
What vintage items do you look for?
Now that you have this complete list of online vintage stores, go search to your heart’s content! I’m curious to know what types of items you look for and why. Leave a comment below with your favorite vintage items to collect, whether or not you do it as a hobby or a business, and if I missed any online vendors you love. Happy shopping!