Are you an antique seller wondering where to get help pricing your inventory? One way to do that–in addition to using eBay and my free price guides–is to use Etsy. Let’s look at how you can discover what certain items have sold for on that platform.
How to Find Sold Prices on Etsy
Unlike eBay, you cannot search Etsy for specific types of items, say “vintage transferware” and be served a list of those items that have sold and their selling prices.
You can, however, find out how much specific items, listed in specific shops have sold for, whenever the buyer of an item leaves a review. I know, that sounds very limited, and it is, but nonetheless this info can be useful. Here’s how you can find those sold prices:
Step 2: Click on either the photo or the description of any of review as shown in the photo above.
Step 3: This will take you to a new page similar to the one above. Click on “See item details ->“
This will take you to a page where you’ll learn the price that the item(s) sold for! It’s that simple 🙂
Be sure to click on “Description” on the lower right to find out more details about the item that sold. In particular, you want to know the condition of the item as this will have a bearing on the price it sold for.
Info You Won’t Get [Unfortunately]
The process I just described will not reveal if a particular item sold at a discount (through a coupon or sale) or if any shipping was charged. You’ll want to keep these factors in mind when evaluating pricing.
How to Make Use of the Info
1. General Education: Visit Etsy shops that sell merchandise similar to yours. Scroll to the review section and look for items that interest you.
Follow the directions I gave above to find out how much any of the items sold for. Take time to review the photos and description to learn more.
2. Find a Specialty Shop: But what if you have a specific item in mind, like a Blue Willow platter? How would you go about finding a value for it, other than typing “blue willow” into Etsy’s search bar and learning what other sellers are hoping to sell theirs for?
You could attempt to find an Etsy shop that specializes in dishware and search their reviews for that Blue Willow platter. Here’s how you would do that:
In addition to searching for specific items, you can use the Etsy search bar to look for shops. Typically you would use this function if you knew the name of a particular shop you were interested in.
But in our case, we’re hunting for a shop that might sell Blue Willow platters. Therefore, I would search for shops with names that include words like dish, transferware, and blue willow.
Type one of the words, say dish, into the search bar and then scroll down the window that opens (as seen in the photo above), and click on “find shops containing dish” way down at the bottom of the window.
Visit some of the shops that this search reveals and see if you can find an item offered that’s similar to yours.
If at this point you’re thinking that the process I just described is a bit cumbersome, it is! In real life, you will typically consider Etsy sold prices in a more general way, like I described in (1) above.
For example, when you happen to be visiting your favorite Etsy shop, you might notice a customer review left on an item that interests you.
You can now use the tutorial in this article to check how much it sold for. You can then store that pricing info away for future use whenever you happen to purchase a similar item.
I hope you found this information valuable and that it helps you when it comes time to price your own vintage and antique inventory.
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