The vintage business* is fun, diverse, and exciting. It’s easy to start, perfect to run from home, and it offers quick financial rewards. On the flip side, it can be highly competitive, inherently inefficient, and deceptive about its true costs. Which side prevails? You’re the one to judge!
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:
Three years ago, I opened my Etsy shop. I started really small with just 11 listings and, with no experience selling online, treaded really carefully.
Three years and 370 sales later, my shop is still fairly small but I like to think that I’m much more intentional.
Here’re my three main takeaways of selling vintage on Etsy that I’ve distilled over the years. If you’re thinking of becoming a vintage seller on Etsy, I hope you’ll find them useful. And if you already sell on Etsy, I’d love to hear about your own experiences!