BADA stands for the British Antique Dealers’ Association, an organization that was established in 1918. It is the leading trade association for the fine art, design, and antiques community. Members are carefully vetted and selected for their wealth of experience, exceptional quality of their stock, and professional integrity. Many members are highly specialized in their chosen fields of specialty and are internationally recognized for their expertise. This online marketplace is a one-stop-shop to browse these fantastic dealers and the goods they have available as and when they add to their inventory.
More than 50,000 individual antiques are listed on BADA’s online antique store and the collection is always expanding. Buyers are able to browse the website by category of antique or by price. The price is not always shown on the initial listing of the item, only when you click for more information, therefore this shopping filter is a handy one! The categories of antiques listed on this online marketplace are wide-ranging and intriguing. Buyers will find sculpture, silver, books, maps, clocks, scientific instruments, decorative arts, arms and armor, carpets and textiles, furniture, silver, prints, posters, and more.
Shoppers can obviously be assured of the utmost highest quality when searching BADA’s online marketplace for that special collectible. Each piece listed on their platform has a great deal of information accompanying it. To purchase an item, buyers are put in direct contact with the dealer, so there are no hidden costs to pay. Of course, negotiation is also possible once contact has been made! With such rigorous membership criteria, buyers can rest assured of the authenticity of listed items.
BADA membership offers a significant range of benefits to the antiques community. To be a member immediately demonstrates a proven combination of knowledge, experience, and integrity. Each member has a dedicated page on this platform, which receives over 20,000 visits per month. Those wishing to become a member should be based in the UK and have a minimum of three years of trading history. They will only be considered with the backing of existing BADA members and then a vote must be taken for the final decision.
As well as being an excellent online marketplace, BADA is also a fantastic platform for information regarding the world of antiquing. Antique events of note are listed and kept up to date. There are also many features and articles on a wide range of subjects, from specific unique items, to periods of history, to introducing new members. This is certainly a site to get lost in!