ebay.com: It’s not just for hawking used dining chairs. “For antiques, eBay rules the roost,” says Griffin. New York designer Glenn Gissler has bought more than a thousand things on eBay, from Asian pottery to African textiles. “I think of it as a flea market that’s open 24/7,” he says.
1stdibs.com: If you can afford to splurge, log on to this site. “I look at it almost daily and buy from it all the time,” says Grant K. Gibson, a San Francisco interior designer. With everything from 18th-century Italian wooden chandeliers to circa-1830 gilt armchairs from Russia, it’s like “globe-trotting for great stuff without the trotting,” says Darryl Carter, an interior designer in Washington, D.C.
rubylane.com: Top your table with a spectacular artglass vase hand blown in New Orleans, or nab a postcard dated 1909. This site is packed with so many collectibles, it’s mind-boggling. Case in point: A recent search for “bowl” brought up more than 4,500 items.