What to know if you shop online. Many online shops offer the convenience of antiquing from the comfort of your favorite chair — 1stdibs and eBay are two of the most popular. If you want to try antiquing online, here are a few things to keep in mind:
Large furniture comes with hefty shipping charges, so it's probably wise to order small pieces online.
If you do want to source a bigger piece online, try using the "shop by location" feature available on a number of sites, including eBay, 1stdibs and Etsy.
Don't be afraid to ask for additional information and photos from different angles, exact measurements etc.
Always inquire about the seller's return policy.