Every third Sunday of the month is a treasure hunt at the Long Beach Antique Market, and November’s event will be even more so with a couple of experts hosting a special workshop there to help guide shoppers.
WorthPoint.com CEO Will Seippel and eBay Hall of Famer Danna Crawford are the featured speakers during a free session designed to help treasure seekers discover worthy finds at flea markets and antique stores. They will do a tutorial before exploring the antique market together.
“I go all over the country, and it’s hard to find anything as good or as big as the Long Beach Antique Market,”Seipple said. “I don’t know if people understand what they have there but my God it’s good… Anybody could make money and pick and do well at that flea market.”
Sieppel, the founder of WorthPoint.com, said his Atlanta-based company is the largest resource for researching and valuing antiques, vintage items, art and collectibles through a subscription service. The company also offers a feature where people can value their collections and archive them.
The circa-2007 business leverages relationships with auction houses and data shared by Ebay to value items from bygone days, he explained, noting that it’s among the top 1,000 sites in the U.S. based on traffic — with 100,000 visitors a day.
He’s hosted several treasure hunting workshops in Long Beach because he said it’s simply one of his favorite venues on the West Coast for doing so.
Long Beach Antique Market President Donald Moger, who founded the monthly event in 1982 and runs it alongside his wife, Lynn, said the market has 800 vendors who sell anything that is 20 years old or older — “no new stuff” is allowed.
Moger said he appreciates groups like WorthPoint.com coming to the market and fostering future generations of treasure seekers, especially right before the holidays when shoppers will be looking for deals on gifts for their loved ones.
“This is a week before Thanksgiving, so we’re getting into holiday shopping mode that is good for dealers and customers,” Moger said, noting that customers come from the local area and from throughout the world to the market looking for Americana.
He said most people find out about the market through word of mouth or social media, where it boasts more than 100,000 followers, including many millennials who seem especially interested in vintage home décor and clothing from the Mid-Century.
Seippel said different generations collect different things, and there are highs and lows in the value and popularity of certain items, but he said the reselling of used items remains one of the largest industries in the world and it can be a lucrative one for those in-the-know.
He’ll be sharing some of his knowledge with participants at the free WorthPoint.com Treasure Hunt. To register for the workshop happening at 9 a.m. Nov. 17 at the Long Beach Antique Market, visit WorthPoint.com/treasurehunt.
Admission to the Long Beach Antique Market is $7 for general admission between 6:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. (early admission for arrivals between 5:30 and 6:30 a.m. is $12). For more about the Long Beach Antique Market at Long Beach Veterans Stadium on the third Sunday of every month, including discount coupons, visit LongBeachAntiqueMarket.com.