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21 Best Selling Vintage Items On Etsy

We often think of Etsy as a handmade marketplace so this list of the best selling vintage items on Etsy may surprise you. It is entirely possible to sell used clothes, vintage jewelry and more on Etsy and turn a nice profit. 

Think of Etsy as your online flea market when it comes to vintage products. People like scouring online for bargains and collectibles.

If you are interested in making money flipping items you find at thrift stores then Etsy can be a great place to start. 

I’ve already spoken a lot about the 12 Best Things To Sell On Etsy To Make Money but today I am going to narrow that down to the retro and vintage items you can sell. 

In this article I am going to show you the bestselling vintage items on Etsy that you should look for when visiting local markets and estate sales. 

Read on for the full list. 

Best Selling Vintage Items On Etsy

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21 Best Selling Vintage Items On Etsy

If you don’t already have an Etsy store to sell your vintage items, then you can create one in minutes for free. If you start your shop using this link, you will get 40 free listings to start you off too! 

1. Vintage Jewelry

Bestselling vintage items on Etsy

Vintage jewelry can be a really easy thing to sell on Etsy for a profit. Think earrings, wedding sets and vintage rings and necklaces that have that bohemian look. 

2. Vintage Clothing

Best Selling Vintage Items On Etsy

Can you sell used clothes on Etsy? Yes, if they are “vintage”!

Anything from the 1990s back is officially classed as vintage and can be sold for a nice price. Look for anything that is back in style like high waist jeans, bell bottoms and baby doll dresses. 

3. Vintage Prints and Posters

Best Selling Vintage Items On Etsy

Wartime prints, propaganda posters and other rare, vintage posters are really popular on Etsy. Prints of old advertisements can also fetch a pretty penny online and can sometimes be found at flea markets. 

4. Vintage T-shirts

Concert t-shirts

I know that t-shirts are clothing but these deserve a category all of their own.

If you can get your hands on concert t-shirts from decades gone by you can start a really successful Etsy shop and make a lot of money. 

Some t-shirts are more in demand than others but most vintage t-shirts can be sold for a profit online. 

5. Vintage Patterns

Vintage sewing patterns and old knitting patterns are always really popular. Not only do they look cool, but they are really fun for crafters to use. 

You can often find vintage patterns at yard sales and flea markets, the better condition they are in, the more money they will fetch. 

6. Vintage Mirrors

vintage mirrors sell well on Etsy

Everything old is new again and vintage mirrors are very trendy right now. The only issue with selling these items on Etsy is the shipping and handling. 

You want to make sure your item makes it to its destination intact so you will need to factor in shipping and packaging costs in your price. 

7. Vintage Fabric

vintage bestseller on fabric

Retro prints are one of the best selling vintage items on Etsy. If you have vintage fabric from the 1970s or earlier you can easily sell them to crafters on Etsy for a profit. 

8. Vintage Teacups

Best Selling Vintage Items On Etsy

I have several friends who collect vintage teacups and tea sets from thrift stores then resell them on Etsy. They are really popular for showers and wedding decor. 

Make sure that any teacups you find are free of chips or any defects. Also look for fine bone china with a stamp on the bottom showing the company and where the tea cup was made. 

9. Pressed Glass

Best Selling Vintage Items On Etsy

Pressed Glass is also known as Pattern Glass. It was mainly produced in the 1880’s and is durable and hardwearing. In recent years it has gained popularity on the vintage market and  is one of the topped searched for items on Etsy. 

Depression glass dishes and platters are also very popular. Although they are not easy to find, they are one of the bestselling items on Etsy so worth sourcing and listing if you can. 

10. Retro Sport Shirts

vintage sports t-shirts sell really well on Etsy

Football (soccer) shirts from the early 2000s onwards are huge sellers on Etsy. In fact, any vintage sports gear or memerabillia can sell really well, especially if it is in good condition. 

Signed baseball bats and basketballs, autographs, vintage ticket stubs and other sports stuff can be a great thing to find at flea markets and sell for a profit. 

11. Vintage Door Knobs

best selling vintage items on etsy

This might sound like a strange thing to buy and sell on Etsy but in fact they are really popular. First of all, if you have ever gone shopping for fun door knobs, you will know how expensive they can be. Second of all, vintage knobs are unique and normally really well-made, making them great for people who love recycled crafts and upselling. 

12. Vintage Hats

best selling vintage items on etsy

This might sound strange but retro baseball caps from now-defunct brands or sports teams are really popular on Etsy. If you can find this kind of item at flea markets then snatch it up and resell it for a profit online. 

13. Coat Hooks

best selling vintage items on etsy

I love coat hooks in the form of animals or with amazing crystals and apparently so do a lot of Etsy buyers! Vintage coat hooks are another great thing to look for at flea markets and they will fetch you even more money in pairs or sets of three. 

14. Vintage Lamps

best selling vintage items on etsy

As long they are in good working order, vintage lamps are a good thing to flip on Etsy. Think of things like those retro mushroom lamps, banker desk lights or those green lights that every lawyer on TV has. 

15. Vintage Kitchen Gadgets

best selling vintage items on etsy

Remember those old hand mixers than your grandma used to use? They are in demand online! Anything from classic stand mixers, graters and even discontinued Pampered Chef or Tupperware are also hot sellers. 

16. Vintage Brooches

best selling vintage items on etsy

I’ve already mentioned jewelry but vintage brooches warrant their own section. Back in the day most women wore a brooch every day, whether to keep their headscarf from blowing away or on their hat. Vintage brooches that feature pressed flowers, Cameo silhouettes or even old brand names are one of the best selling vintage items on Etsy. 

17. Vintage Halloween Decor

best selling vintage items on etsy

Super creepy Halloween photos and prints are all the rage on Etsy. They are brilliant for a haunted house and add a real feeling of authenticity to any Halloween party. 

18. Vintage Leather Items

best selling vintage items on etsy

Leather is expensive and let’s face it, it looks better when it has a worn-in patina. Vintage leather belts, wallets, purses and even jackets can all fetch a pretty penny if they are in top condition. With the revival of 1980s and 90s fashions, even leather trouser are making a come back too! 

19. Vintage Vinyl

best selling vintage items on etsy

Vinyl records are having a renaissance! Lots of people are buying record players and starting to appreciate the sound of vinyl music again. Hunt for them in used record stores, flea markets and thrift stores. 

20. Vintage Lace

best selling vintage items on etsy

All kinds of vintage lace is in high demand on Etsy. From trim for dressmaking to delicate lace doilies and tablecloths, if you can find lace in good condition, it is a great thing to flip for a profit

21. Vintage Map Reprints

best selling vintage items on etsy

Antique maps and globes are really popular on Etsy. Whether they are wall prints or those old-fashioned pull down maps that used to be in every schoolroom, they are one of the best selling items on Etsy

I don’t have an Etsy Store, how do I get started? 

If selling vintage items on Etsy interests you but you don’t have an Etsy shop yet, fear not – you can be up and running in just minutes. 

Etsy won’t allow you to create a store without adding at least one listing so make sure you are ready to go before you start your shop. 

Ideally you would have around 10 items to list to make it worth your while. 

If you haven’t started your shop yet, make sure to go through this tutorial on How To Start An Etsy Store Successfully

It will take you step by step through from creating to launching your Etsy shop.

And don’t forget to use my link for 40 free listings which will help you to start your store for free. 

Tips for a successful Etsy Store

1.Pick An Awesome Name 

Your Etsy store name is really important for searches so make sure to read up on How To Name Your Etsy Shop. 

2. Niche Down

The key to a successful Etsy shop is to narrow down your niche. Niches stores will be found in the Etsy search easier and match with buyers quicker. 

Once you have niched down, niche down even further. So let’s say you are interested in selling vintage clothing. You could further niche that down to sell just vintage dresses or belts only. 

Become a specialist in your niche and you will be the go-to Etsy store for those vintage items. 

3. Promote Your Store

Just slapping your listings up on Etsy will only get you so far.

You need to actively promote your store on social media and especially sites like Pinterest. Read my guide on How To Use Pinterest For Etsy to get you started. 

You can also making an Etsy Store Website to further promote your Etsy items to a larger audience. 

How To Find Amazing Vintage Items To Flip On Etsy

If you want learn more about how to spot the best vintage items to sell On Etsy- make sure to attend this FREE workshop hosted by Rob.

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  • The best places to find items to flip
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