Militaria Auctions On-line

Militaria from all over the world is now available to you with a few mouse clicks. Through eBay, Manions, and other auctions, thousands of rare and interesting militaria items are on sale everyday.

U.S. Marine Corps drummer at Parris Island, SC, May 1942
U.S. Marine Corps drummer at Parris Island, SC, May 1942.

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Militaria Auctions On-Line

Many items of military uniforms, clothing, equipment and accessories show up as offerings at the on-line auctions on the Internet, especially eBay. The Internet auctions have changed the nature of militaria collecting since many previously rare or unobtainable items are regularly offered. The ease of use and worldwide reach of the Internet auctions has encouraged sellers to dig militaria items out of the attic or old trunk. The huge number of buyers from all over who watch the auctions ensures a fair price. They may have to compete with more buyers, but the much greater supply has enabled many militaria buffs to find that dream item to fill a long-time gap in their collection.

Pvt. Pauline Betts of Pittsburgh, PA, 1st WAC Company, modeling the new WAC tropical worsted summer uniform, 6 June 1944
Pvt. Pauline Betts of Pittsburgh, PA, 1st WAC Company, modeling the new WAC tropical worsted summer uniform, 6 June 1944.

The first stop for both buying and selling militaria is the eBay Internet auction with thousands of military items on auction at any given time. Use eBay to check out some items on sale right now. Everything shows up on eBay from posters and paper items, photos, watches, shoulder patches, ribbons and medals to personal clothing and gear, electronics, FMs and TMs, and vehicle tools/parts. Plus the occasional tank and lots of GI-Joe dolls. Many dealers use eBay to sell and to advertise their presence. You have to register with eBay in order to bid or to list items, but it is easy and free. Details of many categories of militaria are found on the related Olive-Drab.com pages that can be a guide for you about what to look for.

Although eBay is the biggest, there are many other militaria auctions on the web, such as:

For firearms, knives, and weapons oriented militaria such as web gear, military equipment, and supplies there is nothing better than GunBroker.com. Give them a try for rifles, pistols, and unusual military items. If you buy a gun, they will ship to an FFL transfer dealer near you and help you with any required regulations and paperwork.

An additional service from Warstuff.com is their online valuations service, dedicated to militaria and war relics. This service requires a small payment.

If the item you are buying or selling is heavy or bulky, uShip.com has an eBay-like marketplace for matching shippers to your need to move your auction freight or other items. Big savings. Click on the banner to check it out:


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Google Groups hosts a number of forums where military items or collecting are discussed. You can search for groups by topic on the linked page. Also check out MilitaryUniformExchange.com for lots of information, photos and uniforms available for service members or militaria collectors.

Find More Information on the Internet

There are many fine websites that have additional information on this topic, too many to list here and too many to keep up with as they come and go. Use this Google web search form to get an up to date report of what's out there.

For good results, try entering this: militaria auction. Then click the Search button.

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