For those of us who are passionate about antiques or collectables, eBay is a godsend. You can find absolutely anything and everything you could ever need through this online marketplace. It is also an incredible resource for anyone on a budget, and today I am going to share my secrets! As an avid eBay shopper since 2001, I have bought out of print magazines, collectables, rugs, curtains, sterling silver flatware, jewelry, needlepoint, and much much more.
To sign up for an eBay account all you need is your email address. Once your account is set up, you can buy, sell, and enjoy all the benefits of being an eBay member. I also highly recommend setting up saved searches. That way you will be the first to know when your desired treasure (such as a vintage Dodie Thayer lettuceware tureen) becomes available! Below are 10 of my favorite treasures to buy on eBay…
1. Staffordshire Dogs & Figurines:
Every traditional home needs at least one pair of antique Staffordshire dogs, and I warn you… they can become addictive! The variety of options on eBay is endless. Here is a darling set of 19th century red and white Staffordshire Spaniels for just $140 (plus shipping). I also love Staffordshire figurines, and there are so many to choose from on eBay!
2. Rose Medallion, Imari, and Blue and White Porcelain:
Whether you are looking for plates, bowls, lamps, or vases, eBay is a wonderful resource for antique Rose Medallion, Imari, and Blue and White porcelain. For example, this pair of 19th century 8.5″ plates is not in perfect condition, but they are only $79.99.
3. Needlepoint Pillows:
Needlepoint is one of my favorite hobbies, but not everyone has the time or desire for it. With some digging, you can find some fun hand-stitched needlepoint pillows on eBay, usually for a song. This cheeky golf pillow is less than $20 shipped!
4. Antique Jewelry:
You need to be careful shopping for expensive jewelry, but if you look at the seller’s feedback and return policy, you should be fine, and as added protection, eBay offers a Money Back Guarantee. I love all things vintage and antique, so of course that includes jewelry as well! Art Deco jewelry is my particular weakness, and I am seriously coveting this diamond and sapphire ring. The center diamond is just under two carats and was cut by hand during the Art Deco period. The intricate detail on the platinum setting is absolutely exquisite, click here to see. At $10,950, this is a splurge, but a fabulous deal for such a beautiful one-of-a-kind heirloom! Perfect for an engagement ring or a right hand ring.
6. Antique Artwork:
With a little digging, you can find some incredible artwork on eBay. This English seller is one of my favorites. They are specialist dealers in British, Old Masters, and Impressionist paintings with a 100% positive feedback rating since 2003. I happen to be in love with this 19th Century English School Yorkshire Terrier Dog Portrait attributed to Edwin Henry Landseer. Low international Express postage is offered, and you can see their other exquisite listings here.
7. Jasperware by Wedgwood
For whatever reason, Jasperware by Wedgwood has fallen out of favor (read more here) so for those of us who love it, now is the time to scoop up some bargains! For example this blue vase is just $29.99 plus shipping, or make offer.
8. Herend Figurines:
Several pieces from my extensive Herend collection have come from eBay, and it is often available for a fraction of the original cost. For example, this fishnet bunny retails for $510 and is currently available for $280 (shipped) in pristine condition! The seller has 100% positive feedback and has lots of beautiful Herend treasures for sale.
9. Limoges Boxes:
I have collected Limoges boxes forever, and the prices on eBay are phenomenal! Hearts are my personal favorite… this one is currently available for just $35 (shipped)! Current retail on Limoges heart boxes ranges from $200 – $400, so this is an unbelievable savings.
10. Sterling Silver:
eBay is an amazing resource for sterling silver. You can fill in your existing flatware pattern, find discontinued patterns, hunt for beautiful old monograms, or begin a silver collection from scratch. If you don’t mind purchasing estate (pre-owned), prices are a fraction of a fraction of retail! Personally, I prefer estate over new. For some reason, I just don’t feel like new sterling flatware is made quite as well as the old. My family pattern is Grande Baroque by Wallace. A brand new four-piece setting costs around $1,000… here is a beautiful estate option for just $177.49 (shipped) on eBay! This seller also has the option to “Make Offer” which allows you to negotiate the price.
And finally, 10 more pro tips to shopping on eBay….
- Check the “Include description” box in the top right corner to widen your search.
- To narrow it down, check the options available in the Advanced Search.
- Double check your spelling.
- Put quotation marks around key phrases if you are looking for something specific.
- Try different key terms to find more results (e.g. Herend fishnet bunny and Herend fishnet rabbit).
- Sort your results by best match, time ending soonest, price (lowest or highest), or distance (location).
- Read descriptions carefully noting measurements, condition, return policy, and of course the seller’s ratings.
- The eBay Authenticate™ can help you find luxury handbags, jewelry and watches, all certified through a third party.
All purchases are backed by the eBay Money Back Guarantee.
- Research retail prices to make sure you don’t overspend.
- More great tips are available in this article from PC Mag.
Here are more fabulous eBay finds I have rounded up!
What are your favorite things to buy on eBay, and do you have any shopping tips to share?
This post was sponsored by eBay but all opinions are my own.