5 Online Auctions Besides eBay That Sell Vintage or Old Toys
I am always looking for more online sources to find the toys I collect. Even though I still use eBay, I am finding there are a lot of other sites out there with quality vintage toys. Here are five websites that I think rival, if not surpass, eBay in content, price, and ease of navigation and shopping:
Good luck collecting!
Goodwill Sells Cheap Vintage Toys Online
You may be surprised at the deals you can find on shopgoodwill.com. I've had mixed success in their brick and mortar stores—it seems like location is everything. The quality of the finds differs greatly between different geographical areas. The online store removes that obstacle.
I collect Tonka toys and I have seen a few of the Tonkas up for sale. I've seen an original 1947 Tonka Steam Shovel (current bid $81), a 10x22 inch Tonka Winnebago (current bid $46), and multiple construction Tonkas, such as graders and backhoes.
There are several toy categories, so whether you collect board games, Barbies or something in between, you'll most likely find something of interest. The site is easy to navigate and has a nice search function. My only complaint is shipping—the options seem to be limited to individual stores. Some sellers offer multiple shippers, but some only offer one.
Search for Collectibles on RubyLane
RubyLane specializes in Antiques & Art, Vintage Collectibles, and Jewelry. Most of the items I looked up were definitely retail price, but everything I found was really neat and in very nice shape. The site has an easy-to-use search feature and even displays okay on a mobile device.
Some of the unique vintage toys I found included an ABC TV control room with camera and man. This vehicle was made by Dinky between 1962 and 1969.
The site accepts most common payments methods, such as PayPal and credit card. Some stores also accept bank wires and checks, and some even offer layaway. The site also offers several useful newsletters with content ranging from interesting articles to the latest deals you can find on the site.
Etsy Has Some Great Deals
Etsy is a well-known site with a very clean, easy-to-use layout. The listings are filled with images, and all the item and seller information is readily available on one page. The site is also a treasure trove of vintage toys.
My search for 'Tonka" yielded nearly 800 items and unlike some sites, most of these are bonafide vintage and/or collectible toys. For example, on the first page of search results, I found a 50s/60s dump truck, several unique firetrucks of various sizes, a 1960s earth mover, and, my favorite, a 1960s car carrier.
They also have a huge selection of more than 7,000 board games.
Bargains may be a little harder to find because most sellers seem to know the value of what they have. However, if you are looking to complete a collection or need to find a certain item, this is definitely one of the first sites you should try. When you visit the site, be sure to check out the blog, community forums, and apps page.
eBid Is a Great Auction Site
eBid.net is definitely trying to compete with eBay—it has more than 12,000 categories and more than 6 million listings. I have bought items from this site and it is a very similar process to eBay, so there is not really learning curve here. There are no fees to buy on this site, but sellers pay a subscription to place items (which seems to be considerably cheaper than eBay's pricing).
The search function is very easy to find and use. Like many online auction sites, eBid has online stores, which simplifies the shopping process once you find a seller you like. When I did a search for "Tonka," it returned nearly 200 items. For whatever reason, this site seems to have a lot of the plastic McDonald Tonkas, but it does have rare ones as well—like a vintage Marshall Field & Co. semi-truck ($449) and a Goodrich Race Team Truck Set ($90).
If you are looking for a lot of products this is probably the best site for you. However, just like eBay, there may be a lot of stuff to browse through before you discover the unique find you're looking for.
Bonanza Is a Hidden Gem for Toy-Lovers
When you visit the homepage of this site, you would not presume it had any vintage toys of interest. The landing page makes the site seem more like a modern discounted clothing site, but if you enter a search term—or scroll to the bottom of the page for categories—you will see that there are a lot of items of interest.
I did a search for "Tonka" on this site, and it returned more than 300 items (the toy category is considerably larger overall). Most of the Tonkas were from the 1980s or later, but there were some older ones, like a six wheels Ruff Rider and a garbage truck from the 60s. The was also a vintage Tonka TWA Airlines boxed set that was really cool.
The layout of the site is great. Once you enter a search term, the items have a 'quick look' option that allows you to open a pop up of the item. Everything you want to know about the item is immediately available, from photos, price, shipping to payment options and seller information. I think the item's "details" page is actually much cleaner looking and more user-friendly than eBay's by a long shot.
The site says it has 4 million items and 25,000 sellers. Another big plus, I think, is that no login is required to buy on the site. If you see something you want, you can quickly go through the checkout system.
Toy Auctions Are Another Way to Find What You're Looking for
AuctionZip is an excellent way to learn about auctions in your local area that have toys or collectibles you may be interested in. More specifically, the site has a toy auction page that lists current auctions featuring toys from throughout the country. As the site name suggests, search for auctions based on your zip code.
In addition, AntiqueToys is a great resource for retail-priced toys from the 1850s to 1960s.