Most people often replace their furniture, and others buy and sell used furniture for profit. You may think that your old couch has no value. However, instead of letting it deteriorate in your garage or backyard, you can try and get a few bucks for it.
Furthermore, selling your old furniture can earn you some money to help you with the new decor you have in mind. There are many places you can find customers for used furniture locally and online.
1. Used Furniture Stores
Almost every town has a used furniture store. The amount the furniture store pays depends on various conditions, especially the delivery terms. Some stores will send over an appraiser. He or she will assess the value of your furniture, and the store will pick up the furniture from your place. Alternatively, you can deliver it to the store.
The furniture should cost more when you deliver and less when the store picks it up. There are furniture stores that will offer you store credit. Sometimes, this credit has more value than money, and you can trade it for new furniture.
2. A Garage Sale
A garage sale is the sale of furniture from your garage. The buyers mainly include your neighbors and people in the neighborhood. One of the major advantages of a garage sale is that you can sell other items in the process as well. They could be video games, clothing, and more. This could significantly increase your income.
You need to set a firm price before you open the sale. This is because people usually negotiate a lot in garage sales. Moreover, unless you agree otherwise, your customers will collect their items from your garage.
3. The Local Newspaper
The Local newspaper may not have a growing audience. However, it does have a steady audience who look at the ads for coupons and local shopping opportunities. Many newspapers actually offer free online ads and print. However, they have a price limit for free ads. For example, they could list all items below $50 or $40 for free.
However, you will have to pay for a print ad when you sell high-value items like antiques or almost-new furniture. Thus it may be worth it to pay that %7.50 for three lines of print classified ads.
4. An Estate Sale
People mostly use estate sales to sell furniture and other items of a deceased person. You will need an appraiser to value everything you will put up for sale. You can later sell these items for a fixed price or on auction.
The effort used and the value you get from an estate sale depends on the size of the collection. You can advertise an estate sale online, on posters around town, or in the local newspaper. Alternatively, you can visit Estate.com to get the help of a company for a 10% to 15% commission.
5. Consignment Stores
A consignment is another option to get local customers for your furniture. The consignment will charge you a commission and a transaction fee for renting their space. They may charge a monthly fee if your furniture stays there for many months. You will get your cut when the item sells.
6. Antique Stores
Do you have any antique furniture? Antique stores offer the easiest selling option for these items. The price of your items may be a little lower than the retail price. This price will ensure the antique store makes a profit. Antique stores minimize the hassle of getting a buyer for your furniture. You can find an antique store near you with the help of Yellow Pages. Alternatively, you can use Antiques.com, which has a database of over 30,000 antique dealers.
Craigslist ranks among the top highly visited online classified sites. It is free to list your furniture on this platform. Moreover, you can get your piece on display in a matter of minutes. You should use quality pictures and detailed descriptions to generate interest in your furniture. Once you set up your Craigslist account, you can sell many other times besides furniture. Examples include cars, clothes, apartments, homes, and more.
eBay is another popular online platform that offers two selling options. You can either list your furniture for auction or under a fixed price. Buyers on eBay can use keywords and visual examples to search for items, including for furniture. Thus, they can easily discover your items.
For bulky furniture, say, a couch, you can choose to sell it locally to remove the shipping expense. It is cheaper to ship small items; thus, you can decide to sell to buyers who are further away. eBay will charge a commission ranging from 8.75% to 13%, depending on the price you set for your item.
Etsy is a platform that specializes mainly in arts, crafts, home decor items, and furniture. Moreover, if you hand-make furniture and other items, you can become a regular seller on this platform. You can earn hundreds to over $5,000 for furniture you list on Etsy.
Antiques, in great condition, have a high potential to generate top dollar earnings. Etsy charges slightly lower fees when compared to other platforms like eBay. They will charge a commission of 6.5%.
Letgo is a colorful app that uses images to dominate the listings. The use of these images is essential for selling furniture as the buyer will be attracted to what they see. It is an excellent alternative to Craigslist, which relies heavily on headline listings rather than images.
Letgo lets you list your furniture and other items for free. This platform has web and app versions. You can use your smartphone to take snaps of the furniture and quickly list it. Letgo will also display other items you are selling once a potential buyer clicks on one of them.
11. Ruby Lane
Ruby Lane is an eCommerce platform for antique and vintage items. You have the potential to earn top dollar because these items are usually expensive. Ruby Lane is more suitable for furniture vendors. It may be costly to set up and maintain when you intend to make one-time or infrequent sales.
They charge a setup fee of $100 at the start. If you list at most 50 items, they will charge a monthly fee of $54. They will also charge a service fee of 3.75% on your total purchase order and a listing fee of 19 cents for every product.
Shopify is one of the top tools to use if you wish to set up your own eCommerce store or website. You will find ready templates, and you can have your shop operational in a matter of minutes or hours. Shopify provides multiple integrations necessary to open and run an eCommerce store. Examples include payment integrations (you can accept cash or plastic money), online shopping carts, analytics tools, stock of free photos, and more.
Sell.com was established in 1999. It lets you list your furniture and post ads for just $1. Sell.com is a flexible platform as it enables you to sell on various other platforms like BigCommerce, Google Products, and eBay. This integration with other platforms enables you to expand your potential customer base. You may need to pay extra if you want your ads to stand out.
eBid was also created in 1999. It features over 14,000 products listings. It is a little similar to eBay, as you can either sell via fixed-price or auction. However, it is more affordable than eBay, as you will pay a commission fee of 3%.
eBid also lets you import products you have listed on eBay and Amazon. Furthermore, you can use your original listing to sell on multiple platforms. You can reduce the selling fees in the long-term if you purchase their lifetime membership, which costs $99.98.
Bookoo is an online classified site. It has set up most of its boards for military bases. In case you live close to a military base, Bookoo is a good platform to list and sell your furniture. Moreover, you will list this furniture for free.
This platform has a social media section that displays the profiles of other users. You can friend other users on Bookoo. Buyers and sellers usually leave feedback for each other, and this will help you estimate the trustworthiness of your buyers. Your potential customers will also be able to view other products on your list.
Oodle is also a site for classified ads. It is a smaller website compared to others like eBay or Craigslist. The platform has featured some of the major cities in the U.S. You may not find your city if it is a smaller or non-major one. Thus, you should only list on Oodle if you find your city featured. You get to list your furniture on this platform for free.
17. Facebook Marketplace
Facebook launched Facebook Marketplace in 2017. Half a billion people view products through Facebook. This sets a wide market base for your furniture. You get to list your products on sell group pages or local buys. There are also yard sale groups, which could be an ideal place to list your furniture.
The Facebook Marketplace is free, and this makes it ideal for savvy sellers. However, for furniture vendors, you can enhance and get sponsored listings through paid ads. You have access to demographic tools to narrow your customer base either by age, gender, or geographic region.
Chairish is a site you can use if you intend to sell to upscale buyers. It is ideal for art, vintage, and outdoor furniture listings. The platform has a high traffic volume as sellers upload hundreds of new products every day.
Chairish has high commission fees. You should sign up for this platform if you intend to become a regular seller or have a lot of furniture to list. They usually charge a 30% commission for each sale in a list of at most ten products. If you list at least ten products, the commission will lower to 20%.
Buyers on Chairish usually collect the furniture themselves at an agreed drop-off point. You can also ship the furniture to them with the help of Chairish, which will help in coordination. Buyers and sellers get in touch either by phone, email, or the Chairish dashboard.
AptDeco is a platform that lets sellers list rugs, lighting, and furniture. However, this platform is yet to expand nationwide. It serves buyers and sellers around Washington, D.C., New York City, New Jersey, Boston, and Philadelphia.
AptDeco lets you list your furniture for free. However, they do charge a selling fee of 29%. The platform offers free shipping for sales you make. You can list any product or brand on this platform. However, the products you list need to be in good condition. AptDeco has some impressive statistics; for example, items on the platform take an average of ten days to sell. Furthermore, your products have purchase insurance.
OfferUp is another online classified app and site. You will list your furniture on this platform for free. It is called OfferUP because the seller can offer a counter-offer for your furniture. There is an in-app chat to facilitate buyer-seller communications.
You usually meet your buyers to finalize sales. Use your smartphone to take pictures of your furniture and list it on OfferUp in a matter of minutes. Buyers will use keywords to search for products, and OfferUp displays the closest results.
21. Sotheby's Home
Sotheby's Home is an online-based consignment store. The platform helps you to find customers for expensive high-end pieces. Furniture will have a retail price of at least $1,000, lighting for $500, and accessories for $100. Your items must be of a designer brand and in good or new condition.
The platform will send an assessor to evaluate and list your furniture. They will use email and social media to find customers. A buyer can make an offer other than the listing price. You have the authority to accept or decline this offer. Sotheby's Home will handle shipping. This platform is expensive because it will charge a 40% commission.
Trove is a platform that lets you list furniture, kitchen decor, electronics, art, and more. They will charge a 10% commission on every sale you make. Once you list your furniture, potential buyers will be notified, and they will offer bids for it.
You can settle immediately for a buyer, or you can decide to wait for more offers. Sellers evaluate buyers based on buyer performance, review, price, and more. Trove does not encourage the exchange of personal information. They have an in-house debit/credit facility to hold the funds in escrow. The buyer will release the payment once they make an assessment of the product and accept it.
23. Apartment Therapy Marketplace
Apartment Therapy is a place where you can list antiques and modern furniture. You can sell from anywhere in the country. Sales are higher in larger cities like Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, or New York City. You will list your items on Apartment Therapy for free, and you can boost your listings for $1 per item.
Moreover, you can import your Etsy list to this platform. You can advertise your items on social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook. Furthermore, you can sell both locally and internationally.
Bonanza is an online marketplace providing an online storefront similar to what Shopify offers. It is also a top eBay or Amazon alternative. You can list various unique items, including furniture. Bonanza does not charge listing fees. However, you will need to pay a commission based on the total price and shipping fees of your item. The commission rate starts at 3.5%. Your items will also feature on Etsy and eBay.
25. Route66 Furniture
Route66 Furniture operates in a consignment business structure. The sales process is easy and starts with taking pictures of your furniture and emailing the product details to them. They will respond within one business day and will respond to arrange for pick up.
Route 66 will store the furniture in their warehouse. Once your item sells, they will charge a 50% commission fee. However, if it fails to sell in 30 days, it will lower the price, possibly by half. They will unlist your item if it has found a buyer in 60 days. At this time, you can choose to relist it, pick it up, or have Route 66 ship it to you at a fee.
Pinterest has more than 1.2 million users monthly, which makes it worth a try. You can pin items with or without a personal website. It is a platform that has high regard for visuals, which means you need to take clear, quality images.
You can pin your furniture listings on various social media platforms and marketplaces like Trove. The furniture has a better chance of selling if you get re-pins.
1stdibs is an online marketplace where you can list modern, antique, and vintage furniture. You can sell both locally and globally. To get started, you need to apply as a dealer. You will be able to access their global market once they approve your applications. They have dealers in major cities in the world, most notably Paris and New York City.
1stdibs charges a monthly fee for its sellers and 15% commission per sale and 3% for transactions that involve credit card use. They will assign you an account manager to help you become a successful merchant on the platform.
You should analyze each of these options to select which one is suitable to sell your furniture. There are various criteria you may use, for example, the cost of joining and using the platform, the location of the sellers, and other terms depending on your needs.
You can optimize the sale of your furniture in three simple steps. They include:
1. Use Visuals
The use of images and videos is the best way to show your buyers the condition of your furniture. Ensure you have enough lighting to make the photos clear. Blurry images will make you lose the trust of potential buyers.
2. Use Accurate Descriptions
Honesty will help you generate repeat customers. Ensure your descriptions are factual, detailed, and accurate. Highlight the pros of your furniture but also remember to mention if it has a scratch, or change of color.
3. Conduct Adequate Research
Research is very important when you are selecting which platform to sell on. There is no perfect platform for selling used furniture. You can decide to use a mix of online sales and offline sales. For example, you can list your items on Etsy and still hold a garage sale.