Thoughts on Listing an Item

When you start to list your item, it is important to put some thought into what you would like to say about it so that a purchaser can have a good idea if it is a good fit for them and their home.

1.   Scale:

One of the first things you should consider is the size of your item. Is it small scale and meant for smaller spaces or is it large in scale and will dominate a room? There is nothing worse than purchasing a chair and then finding that it is so small that most people today cannot fit into it or buy a bed that leaves no room for your dresser, let alone a nightstand. List your item as small scale, medium scale, or large scale at the very least. Then, list the size in overall width, depth, and height. This will help people evaluate the piece in terms of the space it will fill.

2.   Category:

You need to know what category to list your item.  On this website, you have the following categories to consider:

  • Living:  Does the item fit in a living space in your home where you work, entertain, relax, reflect, have family time, etc.?
  • Dining:  Does the item fit in a room that you eat in?
  • Sleeping:  Does the item fit in a room that you sleep in?
  • Décor:  Does the item help to decorate your home?
  • Antiques: For this website, “antiques” are items that are 100 years old or older only. Please provide the date of manufacture.
  • Outdoors: Is your item use outside?                      

3.   Style:

Tell the world what style your item is:

·        Modern: Items made since the industrial revolution that has clean lines and a modern aesthetic such as the works of Eero Saarinen and Charles Eames.   

·        Contemporary:  Is the Item based on current styles and trends that are adapted from historical styles with modern overtones?

·        Traditional:  Is the Item based on a historic style or period such as the work of Thomas Chippendale?

4.   Location: Where is the item located?

 

5.   Condition:

What is the condition of your item? Is it: Excellent, Good, Fair, or does it need help? Be honest here and list any flaws and take photo’s so a purchaser can see these flaws.

6.   Manufacturer

Who was the Manufacturer: Who made the item?

7.   Age: How old is the item?

8.   Color: What color or finish is your item?

9.   Use: How do you use the item?

10.                Materials: What material is the item made?

11.                Unique Feature: Does this item have any exciting features?

12.                Weight: How much does the item weigh approximately?

13.                Description: What can you tell the buyer about this item that is not on the list above?

The description is the place to share your knowledge about your item which includes any condition issues.

14.                Price: What will you take for it? It is important to do some research and use the *determining value* tab in the forum.

If you will follow these steps you are much more likely to have a great selling experience and your buyer should be able to determine if they can use what you are selling.

An example format for listing an item
Title:
Price:
Description:
Measurements: Height: ___ in x Width: ___in x Depth: ___in
Period: Example (American Manufacturing)
Material: Example (Mahogany)
Origin: Example (American)
Date of Manufacture: Example (c.1920-40)
Condition: Example (Great)
Shipping
I will allow Local Pickup of this item from ___________or buyer can pay for shipping cost. If you desire for the object to be shipped, please contact us for a price quote.
Returns & Exchanges
All sales are final, and we do not accept returns on vintage items. Please ask questions before making your purchase, and we will be happy to provide additional photos or arrange a viewing of the item before you make your purchase.
But please contact us if you have any problems with your order.

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