As a disclaimer I have never had a bad experience purchasing online what so ever. I have never had an item arrive broken or lost. Only good times hence why I am smitten with it.
|recent cheap and cheerful items that have come home with me from the thrift.|
If you would have asked me a year ago if I had ever bought or even looked at vintage on ebay I would have said no. For me personally I used ebay to buy hard to find cd's and items that aren't sold/shipped to Canada buuuut I have made a few purchases recently and know why it has an addictive reputation.
- if you search long and hard you can find vintage for a good price. I have never seen anything for a steal you've seen those penny auctions...but for about 1/4 what you would pay retail which is still pretty good. Bare in mind most sellers do charge full retail nowadays.
- a lot of variety ebay sellers tend not to over think their items/feel of their shop and will list anything which leads to finding unique items
- ummm the bidding, I have never won an auction style item I only use the buy it now, which isn't always an option...
- shipping! I have seen s/h to Canada at $64 for a brooch some sellers don't take the time to source out better shipping options and go with first class tracked air mail no matter what which makes a lot of items unreasonable.
- care of packaging, almost everything I have received off ebay and has just been stuffed in an envelope no note/card/tag just the item.
- sheer amount of items last time I looked there were 112,299 listings for vintage necklaces you must know what you are looking for and add in as many words as you can into the search box.
|items I can't seem to thrift so I look for/buy online.|
I do sell on etsy and am glad as a site it exists I had never bought vintage online before etsy. It does tend to be more pricey and keeps impulse purchases at bay.
- great layout of the site with filters and keywords making specific items easy to find.
- a large mix of shops with varying price ranges giving you the option to be patient and hunt for the items you are looking for.
- finding items by the same shop/seller is easy to navigate. Many shops have social media which you can follow and see shop updates.
- reasonable shipping! etsy sellers don't tend to charge a handling fee and most fees are bang on with the most economical price.
- I personally have found that vintage sellers on etsy aren't as a rule as "branded" as other shops tend to be. I have had items arrive as is with no packaging/ business info much like ebay. I tend to like etsy for the "love" you feel from the shops but some vintage shops have missed that mark for me.
- beautiful things at pricy prices, add in the exchange rate and shipping and it becomes unaffordable at times when you love unique items!
As a rule etsy is my go to first choice for purchasing wishlist vintage online.
Feel free to share your thoughts. Are there other sites that you have tried that are worth a look for buying vintage? Do let me know below!