I used to think that selling required a certain character: a pushy, brash haggler. That couldn’t be farther from my personality! So I thought I’d never ever sell professionally.
Yet, here I am, a vintage seller in America – the epicenter of capitalism – soon for four years. My character hasn’t changed but the ways I view selling, have. Turns out, selling vintage can be about analytics, research and meeting people – all the things I love.
Here’re are four things I wish I knew years ago:
How about you? What insights do you have about selling vintage?
I was inspired to write this piece by a recent New Yorker article, ‘A Guide to Getting Rid of Almost Everything’. In it, the author decides to deaccession stuff she’s accumulated over the years, and of all the available options – “selling, donating, recycling, giving away, losing [things] on the subway, or reserving a spot for them on the next Mars Explorer”, decides on the first four.
The author’s selling through Ebay, Etsy, Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist, and consignment reminded me of my early – frustrating! – selling experiences and all of the things I’ve learnt in the past years. I laughed, relating to her book selling attempt: “People divesting themselves of quantities of books often start by thinking, Oh, boy, I’m going to make so much money selling these precious volumes!, and end up saying, “I will pay you any amount of money to take this shit off my hands.”
In the end, the author determines that babysitting pays better per hour than selling, and donates most of her stuff. (By the way, she has great suggestions on where to donate, including my favorite NeverLikedItAnyway.com website that will buy your “ex’s leavings”).