Designed with both consumers and retailers in mind, the U.K.'s newest on-line collection of Antiques, Collectibles and Vintage items can now be viewed at www.antiqueforsale.co.uk
Representing U.K. professional dealers AntiqueForSale is the most comprehensive online tool for antiques buyers and sellers.
According to LAPADA, the antiques industry largest association of art and antique dealers, nearly one in five of all sales by LAPADA members are now online.(i)
Affluent shoppers are now flocking to the web, with even long established retailers such as John Lewis reporting 44.3% increase in on-line sales(ii).
The traditional shop owners selling antiques, collectibles and vintage items have seen a continued decline in footfall and are acknowledging that retail success cannot be achieved without the addition of valuable online sales.
www.antiqueforsale.co.uk answers the frustrations of dealers who understand the necessity for a professional, cost effective on-line presence for their business, but have realized to their cost that 'stand-alone' websites are:
- Hugely expensive to implement
- Time consuming to manage
- Challenging to maintain
- Almost impossible to effectively promote
- Require regular costly updating to stay current
On-line shoppers are increasingly discerning and choose to spend their time only on the websites which engage with them and offer full social media integration. The AntiqueForSale web platform combines the sophistication and functionality desired by an educated audience, and ease of use required by registered dealers who wish to get their products on sale with ease.
The roll-out of super-fast broadband for the home and 4g mobile for tablet surfers has resulted in antique enthusiasts widening their search from the few dealer shops in their local town to encompass the whole country, and increasingly globally.
Overall U.K. retail sales are forecast to exceed £77bn according to the retail consultancy Capgemini, with their spokesman Chris Webster commenting "The influence of mobile is set to build in 2012 as consumers become familiar with shopping via tablet devices and smartphones, thanks in part to slicker websites and gadgets."(iii)
AntiqueForSale provides the ultimate solution for professional sellers of antiques, art, collectibles, and vintage items. "Our development program has in www.antiqueforsale.co.uk delivered a stunning location from which a dealer can showcase their products to quality prospective purchasers throughout the U.K. and the world" states Managing Director John Curran.
"As the most innovative specialist antiques portal in the U.K. we offer a fabulous choice of antiques, collectibles and vintage pieces from the widest range of dealers nationally. Consumers, trade buyers and enthusiasts can browse, compare and share with terrific features and full social media integration. We are hugely pleased with the positive response our launch has received from the entire market" continues Curran.