Tips for Selling Used Jewelry

Are you planning on selling jewelry pieces in 2024? 

I’ve recently had more than a handful of people asking for information about buying, selling, or trading used and vintage jewelry pieces.

If this is you, here’s a list of things I do before I put together a jewelry/accessories drop.  However, this to-do list applies to selling virtually anything from a pair of shoes to a wood-burning stove. 

Vintage Saroyan Coin Earrings

Tips for Selling Used Jewelry

Listing Research – Take some time to have a hunt around the web and find out what’s for sale today.  As you read listings, make a note of word choice, photo quantity, and quality.  The goal is to figure out what things are priced at today, and what the current style in listings looks like.

Ask Yourself “Is it worth it?” – After the research phase is “done enough,” consider the time and energy it will take to create and upload a listing.  If you don’t have the time, skills, or energy, you can step back from this project knowing you’ve e made an informed decision. 

Clean and Repair Your Pieces – Make time to thoroughly wipe down and polish your jewelry pieces.  If you have the skills and tools, make any necessary repairs to get your pieces into their best shape.

Jewelry Supplies for Simple Repairs and Construction

Measure – Make your listing more complete by including the key measurements for the pieces. Listings with complete measurements are more appealing to shoppers. 

Photograph – Take many photos of each piece.  Try to capture every angle, at a distance and close up.  If you can snap photos modeled on a dress form, stand, or even better, a person.  Many online sellers put objects like rulers and coins to show size and provide scale.  

Create your Listing – This is my personal choice, but I build my listings in a text document on my computer first.  Then if I’m going to put my listings in a couple of places I can copy, paste, and repeat.  Think Marketplace, eBay, Etsy, and right on your feed.  

Before Posting – Review and double-check the details. Listings should include specific information about payment methods and shipping costs.  Include packaging details and timelines from order to shipment.

Thanks for stopping by and checking out my blog!  I wish you luck and good fortune in your dance and costuming adventures!
 Dawn Devine ~ Davina

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"Jean Jinglers" chains of charms with double clasps to wear attached to bags, jeans, or even as necklaces. Watch for my yearly Etsy drop in the fall.

By Davina

Davina ~ Dawn Devine is a belly dance costume designer, dance instructor and author of more than a dozen publications on Middle Eastern dance.