If you’re looking to expand your collection of vintage salt and pepper shakers, or if you’re looking to sell (including a whole collection), you’re faced with a lot of options. There are several options for vintage, antique and collectible salt and pepper shakers. Here’s a run-down of the different options (and afterward, don’t forget to also check out our list of salt and pepper shaker price guide books).
In terms of volume, this is definitely one of the platforms you may want to consider. For buying, you may want to be careful about the quality – so check the reputation of the seller closely. A search for “vintage salt and pepper shakers” in eBay brings up almost 34,000 results (with 68K+ for salt and pepper shakers in general). As a seller, it’s easy to get started and list a product (and you hit a large audience). Click here for the main page for vintage salt and pepper shakers on eBay.
Etsy is another great site for salt and pepper shakers – vintage, antique, modern, novelty and made-to-order. A search here shows almost 40,000 results for vintage shakers (with ~44K for all salt and pepper shakers). To sell on Etsy, there is no monthly fee. There’s a small listing fee as well and transaction and payment processing fees per sale. Learn more here about selling salt and pepper shakers on Etsy.
Ruby Lane has about 1,300 sets of salt and pepper shakers (not just vintage) as of this writing. They are a popular site for vintage and collectible items of all kinds. To sell on Ruby Lane, you can set up a shop – there are monthly fees as well as per transaction costs (learn more about selling on Ruby Lane).
Bonanza is an eBay alternative, which has a decent amount of traffic (about 3,700 results for all shakers and ~1,060 for “vintage”).For sellers, it’s similar to selling on eBay read more about selling on Bonanza.
Cybernetic caries various collectibles and antiques, including about 1,070 sets of S & P shakers. Sellers can sell at Cyberattic, starting at about $10/month (depending on how many months you commit to).
TIAS (The Internet Antique Shop)
As the name indicates, this site focuses on antiques of all kinds, including ~900 sets of salt and pepper shakers. To sell on TIAS, there’s a minimum fee, which changes to a commission rate if you sell above a certain amount.
Salt and Pepper Collectors Group
The Salt and Pepper Collectors Group is a great group for learning about collecting and types of shakers, connecting with others in the forum, and for checking their database of shakers. In addition, there are several collections for sale at a given time and, as a member, you can post a collection for sale. Yearly membership is very inexpensive.
Facebook Salt and Pepper Groups
Facebook has several collectors groups that have active buying and selling activity – US groups, groups for states, Australian groups and more. The biggest groups have over 3,000 members – several groups of collectors who share, talk about and list pairs and collections. There are also some strange salt and pepper joke groups (apparently) with one member only. See the Facebook salt and pepper groups here.
Webstore is another option to find that elusive shaker set – a current search showed 188 items (all salt and pepper shakers, not just vintage). There are apparently no fees to sell on Webstore (kind of a Craig’s list model, I suppose).
Of course, Craigslist can be an option. In the SF Bay Area there are ~170 sets (not strictly “vintage”). It can be hit or miss but you may hit upon a bargain or a great collection! Selling on Craigslist is free.
It’s worth a shot to take a look here – there were 59 results for salt and pepper shakers at Junkables when I checked. Members can sell here but I couldn’t find details without registering.
iAntique is a forum and there’s a salt and pepper shaker collectors group with 116 members (at time of writing). There’s a lot of posting of pictures, answering of questions and other discussion – in addition to some buying and selling.
Cool Old Stuff Online
This site focused on antiques and vintage items – there are about 40 sets of shakers here. This is a storefront so, individuals can’t sell on this site.
Kijiji is a for sale site in Canada with fixed prices (so not an auction). There are 815 salt and pepper shaker sets in Ontario alone, so there are quite a few if you look in all the different regions (but it’s a bit of a pain to do it region by region). I’m not sure if they’ll ship to the US. If you’re in Canada, you can sell items on Kijiji.
Listia like eBay but is based on a points system. You get points by joining, engaging, inviting people and listing items. There are about 25 shaker sets on Listia at this time.
Antique Stores, Flea Markets, Garage Sales and Thrift Stores
Don’t forget the traditional ways to find vintage items – in your own backyard or on your travels!
What do you think?
Have you had experiences with buying or selling via any of these storefronts or auction sites? Let us know about your experience in the comments and tell us about others that you like!
Go to the salt and pepper pricing guides next!