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Antiques for all - now, simple, safe and fast

oldthing is a new generation online platform dedicated to the profitable placement of an „out of fashion“ industry in digital commerce.

Our job is to bring historical finds together with collectors, antique lovers and, increasingly, open-minded people looking for smart, focused shopping opportunities away from standardized tastes and consumer habits.

We make antiques and collectibles suitable for consumption, easy to find and safe to buy for your own collection, for living, for your research and projects, to give away or simply for yourself.

You have the choice between several million unique and authentic items.
From historical photographs and rare jewelry to beautiful vintage, period furniture or fantastic antique building materials, from affordable memorabilia to outstanding top-of-the-line pieces. Ready for secured instant purchase from hundreds of selected professional dealers and experienced collectors on the oldthing trading place created for them and for you.

As pragmatic idealists we are constantly working -technically as well as ideally- to set new standards for a conscious, life-enriching consumption and handling of outstanding old things. Mass article-free and without auction fuss - simply oldthing. Rediscover and rebuy on a new level - Oldthing for individual must-haves with tradition, sustainability, cult and history.

Our Story

At the turn of the millennium, Regina Pröhm and Michael Schrottmeyer founded the website. At first, exclusively as a booking portal for the Berlin antique and collectors' markets they organize, whose special magic they bring online 1 to 1 in the following.

In 2003, the site is expanded into a marketplace, and the focus and mission are clear. No random secondhand goods, no business with fast moving consumer goods, no mass-produced goods. A digital marketplace for people who don't want too much of the wrong things, but just the right things. In 2014, more than 1 million items were already offered on the platform. More and more independent professional dealers are joining in.

Without outside financing, the company continues to develop piece by piece. This is no easy undertaking, because time-honored individual pieces require incomparably more time, attention, detailed descriptions, intuitive search systems and much more to depict their special features.

With careful attention to detail, an enthusiastic team and passionate sellers, oldthing is becoming Germany's go-to source for historical finds in all price ranges. In 2021, multilingualism will be implemented and separate websites for the USA, Canada, Australia, England, France and Poland will go online.

The down-to-earth, sustainably growing company was founded in 2001 and is headquartered in Berlin, Germany.

How oldthing works

Unlike other portals, oldthing does not use any auction format. All sales are made exclusively as fixed prices. Private individuals as sellers of their own collections or heirlooms are admitted. However, commercial suppliers predominate. The decisive factor is the product range and compliance with our presentation and user experience standards..

All articles on the marketplace come from sellers who offer their articles through their oldthing store on the marketplace. Occasional sellers can offer up to 10 items for free in the promotion store 3 months.

The website acts as an intermediary. To protect its buyers, transactions up to an amount of 250 euros are secured by an in-house buyer protection.

Buyer protection

What security do I have if I order via shopping cart and pay for the goods in advance?

In principle, all providers are checked for oldthing and unreliable providers are excluded. When evaluating and assessing how secure and trustworthy a supplier is, we recommend that you check the number of sales already made by the supplier and the latest customer ratings before placing an order.

So that your purchases are worry-free, we additionally secure every order in your shopping basket with up to 250 Euro.

In the unlikely event that something should really go wrong and, for example, the goods don`t arrive and you don`t get your money back, our bank protection program intervenes. We will then refund the purchase price (maximum 250 Euros per item) if no agreement can be reached with the supplier. It can take up to four weeks from the beginning of the claim settlement to the payment of the amount.

Should you still have any questions, or wish to secure your purchases with a purchase price of more than 250 euros,please feel free to contact us.