I've been collecting trivets for thirty years. For most of that time, it meant browsing through antique shops and flea markets. Driving, walking about, rummaging through all the other antique kitchen items, then driving to other locations to repeat the process had become my frustrating routine. It was seldom that I would come upon anything exciting, and it took a long time to build up even a modest trivet collection. Most of the trivets I found were 1950’s era reproductions, so that is how my trivet collection began.
Since 2000 I have been purchasing the majority of my trivets on the Internet. It saves on time and gasoline, the selection is unbeatable, and there are still bargains to be had! In a single session at the computer, I can view a wider variety of antique and reproduction trivets than I could otherwise see in a year of browsing through shops. The downside is that the trivet can't be physically handled prior to purchase; but by studying the photograph(s) and emailing the seller, I can gather enough information to make a purchase decision. It's a wonderful way to buy trivets!
Avoid disappointment when on the Internet by reading auction listings carefully. Always email the seller with your questions prior to bidding. Answers to the following questions will help you decide whether or not to bid.
Once you’ve seen a trivet on an auction site that you want for your collection, and after emailing the seller to clarify any concerns, go ahead and place an initial minimum bid. Resist the temptation to increment bid over several days time; instead, wait until the last day of the auction to make any final bid(s). And, perhaps most important, decide ahead of time what your maximum bid will be, then stick to it.
One valuable thing I’ve done for years is to keep a notebook of auctions I’ve lost! I’ll print the Auction information for an ended Internet/Live or eBay Auction, then file it away in a notebook. That notebook serves two purposes: it’s my “Wish Book” for trivets I hope to acquire in the future; and it serves as a reminder of previous sale prices.
Once you become familiar with buying trivets on the Internet, the next step is to offer your duplicate or unwanted trivets for sale to other trivet collectors. It's a great way to make a little extra money, and it’s also a terrific way to meet other collectors online. Give it a try! Below are some auction listing suggestions for the novice seller.
This excerpt was shared from "The Expanded A-Z Guide To Collecting Trivets"by PITCA member Lynn Rosack. Signed copies are available for sale in our PITCA Store.