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Second-hand Collectibles Market - By Type (Antiques, Toys, Coins, Comic Books, Stamps, Sports Memorabilia, Others), By Price Range (Low, Mid, High), By End-use, By Distribution Channel, Forecast 2024 - 2032

  • Report ID: GMI10057
  • Published Date: Jun 2024
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Second-hand Collectibles Market Size

Second-hand Collectibles Market size was valued at USD 134.1 billion in 2023 and is estimated to grow at a CAGR of 6.5% from 2024 to 2032. Collectibles are often seen as a stable investment, especially in uncertain economic times. Items like rare coins, stamps, and vintage toys can appreciate in value.

Second-hand Collectibles Market

The market is plagued by counterfeit items and forgeries, making it difficult for buyers to verify authenticity. High-value collectibles are particularly susceptible to fraud. Different countries have varying regulations on the import and export of collectibles, which can complicate international transactions and lead to legal issues.

Second-hand Collectibles Market Trends

Blockchain technology is being used to authenticate and verify the provenance of collectibles. Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs) are also creating new digital collectible markets, with items like digital art and virtual trading cards gaining popularity. The rise of virtual auctions, driven by companies like Sotheby's and Christie's, allows collectors to participate in global auctions from the comfort of their homes. Celebrity collectors and influencers showcasing their collections on social media platforms can significantly boost interest and demand for specific types of collectibles. The minimalist movement and the popularity of decluttering influencers like Marie Kondo have led to more people selling unwanted items, increasing the supply of second-hand collectibles.

Second-hand Collectibles Market Analysis

Second-hand Collectibles Market Size, By Type, 2021 - 2032 (USD Billion)

Based on type, the market is divided into antiques, toys, coins, comic books, stamps, sports memorabilia, others. In 2023, antiques held the dominant market of USD 54.8 billion and is expected to reach USD 98.8 billion by 2032. Antiques often carry historical value, attracting collectors interested in specific time periods or cultural artifacts. Unique craftsmanship and design from past eras appeal to those looking to incorporate vintage elements into modern décor. Well-documented history and ownership of an antique can significantly increase its value and desirability.

Global Second-hand Collectibles Market Revenue Share, By Price Range, (2023)

Based on price range, the second-hand collectibles market is categorized into low, mid and high. In 2023, the natural segment held the dominant market share of 49% and is anticipated to grow through the years. Collectors in this range are often looking for a balance between affordability and quality. They seek items that offer good value for money. More serious collectors and hobbyists who are willing to spend moderately on building their collections drive demand in this segment. The condition of the items is a significant factor. Collectors in this range tend to look for well-preserved pieces that may not be rare but are of high quality.

U.S. Second-hand Collectibles Market Size, 2021 - 2032 (USD Billion)

North America held a market of around USD 35.4 billion in 2023 and is expected to reach USD 63.2 billion by 2032. Higher disposable income in North America enables consumers to spend more on non-essential items, including collectibles. Economic prosperity in regions like the United States and Canada supports this trend. There is a strong cultural pull towards nostalgia in North America. Collectors often seek items from their childhood or items that represent significant cultural moments, such as vintage toys, comic books, and memorabilia from past decades.

The U.S. second-hand collectibles market is set to grow through a CAGR of 6.9% through the forecast period. There is a strong cultural affinity for nostalgia in the U.S., driving demand for items that evoke memories from the past, such as vintage toys, comic books, and memorabilia from popular decades (e.g., the 1950s, 1980s). Media franchises, movies, TV shows, and celebrity culture heavily influence the collectibles market. Items related to popular franchises like Star Wars, Marvel, and Harry Potter are particularly sought after.

The German Second-hand Collectibles market maintained a considerable position in Europe. Germany's stable economic environment provides consumers with disposable income to invest in non-essential items like collectibles. Germany has a rich cultural heritage, driving demand for collectibles with historical significance, such as antiques, artifacts, and memorabilia from various eras. Established auction houses and art galleries in cities like Berlin, Munich, and Hamburg cater to collectors seeking high-end and rare collectibles.

China is supposed to grow at the highest rate of 7.6% in the region. China has a rich cultural heritage spanning thousands of years, driving demand for collectibles with historical significance, such as antiques, artifacts, and traditional artworks. Traditional beliefs such as feng shui influence the demand for certain types of collectibles believed to bring luck, prosperity, or harmony.

Second-hand Collectibles Market Share

Global Second-hand Collectibles Market Share Analysis, 2023

Second-hand collectibles industry seem to be consolidated in nature due to presence of local and global players across the globe. In 2023, the market players such as eBay, Heritage Auctions, Sotheby's, Christie's, Bonhams, Hakes Auctions, ComicConnect and PWCC Marketplace collectively held around 15%-20% market share. These prominent players are proactively involved in strategic endeavors, such as mergers & acquisitions, facility expansions & collaborations, to expand their product portfolios, extend their reach to a broader customer base, and strengthen their market position.

Second-hand Collectibles Market Companies

Major players operating in the second-hand collectibles industry are:

  • BiddingForGood
  • Bonhams
  • Christie's
  • ComicConnect
  • eBay
  • Golden Auctions
  • Hakes Auctions
  • Heritage Auctions
  • Invaluable
  • Julien's Auctions
  • Lelands
  • PWCC Marketplace
  • RR Auction
  • Skinner, Inc.
  • Sotheby's

Second-hand Collectibles Industry News

  • In 2023, eBay added a new list of antiques in their existing product list for the winter season providing collective discounts to customers.

The second-hand collectibles market research report includes in-depth coverage of the industry with estimates & forecast in terms of revenue (USD Million)(Million Units) from 2021 to 2032, for the following segments:

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Market, By Type

  • Antiques
  • Toys
  • Coins
  • Comic Books
  • Stamps
  • Sports Memorabilia
  • Others

Market, By Price Range

  • Low
  • Mid
  • High

Market, By End-use

  • Individual
  • Commercial
    • Museum
    • Institutions
    • Others (Hotels, Restaurants, etc.)

Market, By Distribution Channel

  • Online
    • E-commerce
    • Company Website
  • Offline
    • Consignment shops
    • Thrift stores
    • Others

The above information is provided for the following regions and countries:

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
  • Europe
    • UK
    • Germany
    • France
    • Italy
    • Spain
    • Russia
    • Rest of Europe
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • India
    • Japan
    • South Korea
    • Australia
    • Rest of Asia Pacific 
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Mexico
    • Rest of Latin America
  • MEA
    • UAE
    • Saudi Arabia
    • South Africa
    • Rest of MEA


Authors: Avinash Singh , Sunita Singh

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

Global second-hand collectibles industry was valued at USD 134.1 billion in 2023 and is anticipated to register 6.5% CAGR between 2024 and 2032, driven by increasing disposable incomes and growing investment potentials of antiques.

The antiques segment in the market is expected to reach USD 98.8 billion by 2032, led by their historical value, unique craftsmanship, and appeal for vintage-modern décor integration.

North America second-hand collectibles market is expected to reach USD 63.2 billion by 2032, due to higher disposable income, economic prosperity, and a cultural pull towards nostalgic collectibles.

BiddingForGood, Bonhams, Christie's, ComicConnect, eBay, Golden Auctions, Hakes Auctions, Heritage Auctions, Invaluable, and Julien's Auctions, among others.

Second-hand Collectibles Market Scope

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  • Base Year: 2023
  • Companies covered: 15
  • Tables & Figures: 428
  • Countries covered: 21
  • Pages: 487
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