Putting together a website for Anitques Alberta turned out to be a bigger task than we imagined. But we are pleased with the outcome and hope you are to.
We wanted to share some things we learned along the way. We initially started with some help from June’s guide at Make Your Boutique. It helped us focus down. Anyway, here are some tips on how to open an online antique shop.
There are millions of people from around the world that have a passion for antique items.
And in today’s world of Internet and the Instagram, looking and purchasing for the perfect
antique items has become easy with only a few clicks.
Thankfully, the internet is not only helpful to antique item buyers. The internet also offers a
whole new career path: Online Antique Shops!
While the traditional brick and mortar stones need a major rent, upkeep, and literal
walking traffic in order to flourish, Online shops have allowed people with passion for
antiques to own their own shop and gain significant income.
So, if you are planning on opening an online antique shop, here are a few steps you should
1. Identify your items
Deciding what type of antique shop you will run can affect decisions like the startup costs.
In general, high street antique shops sell items that have popular aesthetic appeal to a mass
market. These are occasionally mid-value to low-value items. You can buy your stocks from
different locations like other online antique shops and car boot sales.
Specialist antique shops, on the other hand, deal in more expensive goods like collector
items. This type of antique items draws people with its history or aged aesthetics.
2. Register a domain name
Create a name that is unique, catchy, short yet meaningful name for your domain name.
You can look for a domain registration websites in order to set up your online shop.
3. Set an online shop
The next thing you need to do is to decide where you will sell your antique items. If you
want a virtual storefront that offers customization options then you can try GoDaddy
Online Store or Shopify. Also, you can set your own website through Wix and WordPress.
4. Compile your inventory
Thrift stores are a good place to find antique treasures. However, thrift shops are not the
only place where you can find sellable items. You can find antique items at regular auctions
which are held 2 or 3 times a week in other cities. For most antique dealers, auctions are a
good source of supplies. However, you need to be cautious when buying because there are
hundreds or thousands of antique shops which have no monetary value.
5. Date your products and price it right
For antique lovers, the date is what matters most. The older the date, the more value the
item has. When listing your inventory, make sure to add descriptions and approximate the
item’s date or era. For pricing, you can always make a simple Google search for a certain
item to help you approximate the average market price of the item. And as a general rule,
the older the item, the higher the price it will fetch.
6. Be sociable
Spread the words about your online shop through social media accounts. Create an account
on popular social media like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and post pictures, videos and
blogs about your online shop in order to gain traffic for your website.