Don’t stop doing what you love!
Times are strange right now and what we once took for granted, like walking into our favorite store or going to the park, is eliminated from our lives right now. We have to make adjustments and find new ways of doing things. If you are an antique lover and miss going into your favorite antique shop to look around and hunt for new finds, you can still do it!
Online shopping for antiques and just about anything is nothing new. It’s often hard, however, to know if what you are looking at is real or authentic so we get the angst. At Antique Allure, we opened up an eBay shop during this time so that we can continue to serve our collector community. And everything we are selling online is items taken directly from our store. If you are nervous about shopping online for antiques, shop with people you know and trust – us!
It’s not always that easy to know who to trust or what you are getting so we have compiled a little list of what you should either be looking for in an online listing or questions to ask the seller if you are unsure.
A picture tells a thousand words
Pictures are obviously very important when you are shopping online. If you can’t see the item in person, you want to make sure there are very detailed photos, of all angles, of the item in question. And if you are looking for more photos, ask the seller. Any reputable and trustworthy seller will have no problem doing this.
Details in the description
Any listing should have a lot of detail about the item being sold. There is no such thing as too much information. And if you have a question about the item that isn’t explained in the description, again, contact the seller and ask before you hit that “buy” button.
Make sure that the seller replies quickly to your messages. If you get the item and it isn’t as described or is broken or even a reproduction that was not explained in the listing, you want to make sure you know what you are purchasing.
If you are on eBay or even a particular store’s website, you want to know you can trust the seller to give you a good deal, is accurate with the item and description and is being completely honest with you. A good seller wants to be honest and most of them are. Get to know them, ask questions, contact them, and don’t be afraid to do so. Once you trust the seller and make your first purchase, you may be inclined to be a repeat customer.
Antique Allure wants you to know that we are here for you now and when we are able to open our physical store. If you see something on eBay or on our website that you are interested in, get in touch with us. If you are looking for something that you don’t see being sold online, ask! We are still here and still working for you.