Selling an antique painting can be a lengthy and painstaking process. You have to market it correctly, field calls from interested parties, and make sure it is properly showcased. You have to figure out how to protect it when someone comes to view it, and how to present it in a way that highlights its attributes while keeping it from harm.
Antique painting buyers can be notoriously fickle, and you may find yourself having to deal with missed appointments, early (or late) arrivals, and so on. Then on top of all that you have to deal with haggling over the price. To sell original art online or in person, truly requires a special breed of person. Yet, if you want to sell your original pieces online, there is help out there for you. Here is more information.
Sometimes the hardest part is finding the correct forum
Finding the best spot to sell your paintings online takes a little more work than simply going to a search engine and typing “where can I sell paintings online” into the search box. You must be able to ferret out the legitimate marketplaces from those populated with people who don’t know what they are doing.
It takes patience to get this done, but there are a few things you can do to help in the process. First, you may want to go to a message board or other Internet forum dedicated to buying and selling original paintings online. Spend some time browsing through the posts, and you’ll be surprised at what you pick up.
You may not ever need to even make a post, but, if you do, you can rest assured that most people there are happy to help. Just introduce yourself and tell them you have a painting you’d like to sell, and you’re wondering if they have any recommendations.
Do your own homework
While it’s great to get advice and tips from other people, at the end of the day you’ll want to make sure you do your homework. Contact the place that you think may be the spot to sell your painting. Ask questions—lots of them.
Find out how they run their sales: do they have a policy for cancellations? What do they do to protect you as a seller from buyers who might make a bid and then balk at actually making the purchase? Do they have any sort of insurance? Do they prefer that you take photos of the painting yourself, or do they have a professional in the area they use for that?
You can never get too much information, and by finding out how the place works, you’ll have the added bonus of being able to determine how seasoned they are in the world of online painting sales. The choice to sell your painting online is a big one, and one that you should only commit to once you are completely comfortable with the process, and with the forum you will be using.