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The Most Popular Antiques on eBay

Updated on February 13, 2012

Antiques on eBay

eBay is a great place to find antiques and collectibles. If you have a specific type of antique in mind, it’s easier to find it online than it is to drive around to yard sales or attend live auctions hoping to find just the right antique piece to add to your collection.

For collectors, eBay can also be a place to pick up a valuable item for an undervalued price if the seller doesn’t know the rarity or history of the item and therefore is unaware of its value. The seller may simply title the listing as something generic, such as "Antique typewriter", yet the typewriter may be a very rare and highly sought after typewriter that only an avid collector would know about. The description of the item may be nothing more than “I found this in my grandma’s attic.” These types of auctions can be exciting for a collector to find because they can pick up an valuable antique for only a fraction of its worth.

One way to find these undervalued items is to look in the antiques or collectibles category and sort the listing by auctions that are ending the soonest. Then further sort the antique listings by auctions that have 0 bids on them so far. Sometimes you can find great deals on an auction that was didn't have a descriptive enough title and description and therefore no one has bid on it yet. Because the auction is ending soon, you can pick it up for a steal of a price. But this buying tactic only works if you know what you are looking for, or know the relative value of the antiques. Otherwise you might just end up buying worthless junk. Of course, if you are just a collector for the sake of collecting antiques, whether they are worth anything or not, then this can be a good way to add to your collection without spending much money.

eBay is also a great place to sell your antiques because you can put your item up for sale in front of numerous collectors from around the world. If you describe your item accurately and take good photographs, highly collectible items will command a high selling price. The more detailed the description text and photographs, the higher the chance of more buyers bidding on the antique.

Elsinore George Jensen Antique Art Deco Sterling Silver Flatware Set

This Antique Elsinore George Jensen Art Deco Sterling Silver Flatware Set sold on eBay for $22,000.
This Antique Elsinore George Jensen Art Deco Sterling Silver Flatware Set sold on eBay for $22,000.

The Most Popular Antiques on eBay

What types of antiques can you find on eBay? Here’s the most popular searches in the antique category according to the eBay Pulse, for the day I wrote this article. The popular search terms are updated daily, but these have stayed the same all week when I was researching information on these antiques.

  1. Sterling Silver
  2. Furniture
  3. Antique
  4. Clock
  5. Art Deco
  6. Silver
  7. Lamp
  8. Chandelier
  9. Desk
  10. Antique Furniture

Looking through this list of popular searches on eBay within the antiques category you can see that antique furniture is a very popular search, as well as antique silver. Below I will list more specifics about what types of items sell on eBay within each of these search descriptions.

Antique Sterling Silver

Antique Sterling Silver on eBay covers a wide variety of types of sterling silver for sale. Some people are searching specifically for a complete set of sterling silver flatware, while others are looking for a specific pattern and utensil, such as a sterling silver fork.

Dinner serving pieces are also popular, such as a sterling silver bowl or a sterling silver platter.

Another popular dinnerware item is are sterling silver tea sets. In fact, an antique Chinese sterling silver tea set with its tray, circa 1880s, recently sold on eBay for more than $20,000. It included the oval shaped serving tray, the tea pot, a sugar bowl with cover, and milk jug. It's total weight was 3510 gr.

Other interesting items people want to buy on eBay include

  • Sterling Silver Goblet
  • Sterling Silver Candlestick
  • Silver Candlestick Holder
  • Sterling Silver Candelabras
  • Sterling Silver Souvenir Spoons

Antique Furniture on eBay

Antique furniture for sale on eBay comes in all shapes, sizes, and prices. As I listed above, some of the most commonly searched for pieces of antique home decor are antique lamps, clocks, and chandeliers. Within the furniture category people are commonly looking for antique desks and antique chairs. It can be a little daunting to look through all the auction listings for antique furniture for sale on eBay because their are so many pieces of furniture. As I'm writing this article there are currently 42,611 listings in the antique furniture category. So hopefully you have an idea of what you are looking for.

Some of the pieces can be quite valuable. I recently saw an antique dining table sell for $9,999.99. It was circa 1930 Axel Einer Hjorth "UTO" dining table labeled with original "NK" metal tag from Nordiska Kompaniet of Stockholm, Sweden. It was found in a Maine storage unit in its original condition.

What a great find! Sometimes you can find great antiques in the most unexpected places!

Great Gramma Ann's Scrapbook

Great Gramma Ann's Scrapbook

Life in the 1800s

This 400+ page scrapbook consists of home remedies, cures, and notes found in an old trunk in the attic from the 1800s. Lyndon Kelly typed up all the notes, recipes, and cures his great grandmother had put into the scrapbook and compiled it all into a book called Great Gramma Ann's Scrapbook, which can be purchases on Amazon.

Do you Buy or Sell Antiques on eBay?

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