Online Selling in the Age of COVID-19: Make Money as a Home Archaeologist | Chroniclers

When you think about,,, Facebook marketplace, and other online shopping sites, you are probably thinking of electronics, toys, kitchenware, jewelry, paintings, magazines, clothing, doorknobs, bikes, celebrity autographs and pretty much everything else, old or new!

Working or non-working conditions don’t even matter when it comes to selling products online. Lots of people sell online and I show them how to do it with instructional videos on how to spot a valuable work of art or antique and how to turn something old into something exceptional.

Two things that the recent, albeit horrifying, pandemic has accomplished in our culture are making us all more comfortable with video conferencing technology like Zoom, WebEx, What’sApp, and Google Duo among many others. More of us are talking to our friends and family from home using a tablet or smartphone. I spend several days a week offering valuables and valuables advice with video call reviews to clients around the world, from Allentown, PA to Perth, Australia.

The second thing the pandemic has brought about is an opportunity to be home for an extended period of time and clean up the clutter. During this time at home, we went down to our basements, went up to the attics, looked in the garden sheds, dug deep in the garages, passed the bikes and unlocked the offsite storage lockers for the purpose. to sift through all the stuff. Much of what we found when we took on the role of household archaeologists has been a variety of things from a lot of different people and places and from all different time periods. Grandma’s flower sieve, castanets from a group of high school students in Spain, your husband’s little league baseball glove are just a few of the things that were uncovered during the auto-period. quarantine inaugurated by COVID-19.

What did we find? We have found things that we want to give away, throw away or sell. We ask ourselves, should I throw it away? Our sustainability side says someone can’t use it? Where can we donate it: Goodwill? Salvation Army? Church sale? Synagogue auction? There are a lot of places we can dump our stuff, but what about making some extra cash on this unwanted stuff?

How can we sell it? On our front lawn is an option, but no one gets a big return on a garage sale. The best thing about a garage sale is the space you get in the house compared to things that are taken out in the front yard.

But you can buy something from a garage sale and sell it online for a nice profit. A Presidential Benjamin Harrison White House Service Porcelain Plate from 1892 was purchased at a garage sale by a client of mine, let’s call her Judy, for $ 1. She sent me a picture so I could identify it for her and I told her what it was and how to sell it online. She sold it online – for $ 1,000 with my help! Incredible. And you can do it too.

Now, do you want to know more about selling your business online? Here is more good news. The new technological comfort zone we have all experienced from the coronavirus quarantine and virtual home schooling has made many of us more comfortable with new online methods of selling items, including art, antiques and collectibles. So, it’s time to pull out your smartphone’s camera, snap some crisp, cropped photos of that old toaster or play softly with the My Little Pony doll, and watch my instructional YouTube videos at detecting valuables, selling and listing your treasures online.

How do you know which items will be of interest to buyers in the aftermarket or in the resale market? Most people know that items like paintings, sculptures, antiques, collectibles, and jewelry have value, but did you know that sports cards, non-functional electronics and clothing? last year also have value in the online market. Even pieces of other items can be of value as crafting materials or parts for workshop handymen who will purchase such items. Knitting needles and a bag of yarn that is not enough for an Afghan room can even be sold online. What looks like junk may be salable. Even everyday things like a Tinkerbell pillowcase, that bad color foundation makeup you never returned to the store or used garden tools are sold in the online marketplace. Sure, the prices might not make you rich, but it’s still more money than when that item was just taking up space in the laundry closet or sitting on a shelf in the garden shed. My mom used to say that pennies make dollars and that’s how you can learn to take something that looks like garbage and turn it into cash.

The Recyclers, those talented people who take an outdated bedroom cabinet that once housed a huge 1990s TV and turn it into a trendy kitchen / family room coffee station with chalk paint, new hardware and artistic design skills, have been doing this for centuries.

When it comes to selling online, look for quality and use my tips to start selling at a profit.

Lori Verderame is the award-winning doctoral student. Antiquities reviewer on History Channel, The Curse of Oak Island, about the world’s oldest treasure hunt. She offers free information on appraisals and antique sales at and