Did you know that almost ten percent of Americans have a storage unit (or two, or three), and the average cost per month is over $90? If you have extra stuff in one of the 50,000 storage units in the US, isn’t it time to turn that expense into a profit by selling the used furniture that you need to get rid of anyway?
Even if your old and unused sofas and tables are in your garage or basement and not costing you anything, consider that it’s not doing anybody any good collecting dust–and it could bring in some spare cash if you sell it.
I’ve already shared the best places to sell your old and unworn clothes, now let’s look at the best places to sell your used furniture–locally, online, and both. Aside from photos of all the things you want to sell, you’ll need measurements of each piece, the manufacturer, and as detailed a description as you can manage.
Local Places To Sell Second Hand Furniture
Craigslist is the original online classifieds–it’s free, it’s local, and it’s a buyer-to-seller platform. You simply create an account, list your item, and wait for offers to come in. Any communication is between you and the buyer, as is payment–there is no middleman. A significant advantage of Craigslist is that it’s local and global at the same time, so you’re not limited by location if you’re willing to ship. The downside to Craigslist is that your ad is only up for seven days, but you can always renew. Craigslist buyers want lots of photos and lots of details.
Facebook is becoming all things, so it’s no surprise that their online marketplace is a huge local selling venue. All you have to do is join a local buy and sell group page, upload photos, description, and price, and it’s free. If there are several local groups in your area, you have the option to cross-post.
3. Local Newspaper
Your local paper is still an excellent place to sell used furniture, accessories, and artwork. You’ll pay for your ad by the line, and if you want boldface type or your text in a box, that’s extra. The late week papers are your best bet–not everyone is online these days, and estate sale watchers read Thursday, Friday, and Saturday classifieds.
4. Consignment Store
Consignment stores are a good bet if you’ve got a better quality used furniture, and you’re not in a hurry for cash. Send photos of the items you want to consign, and the used furniture store will let you know if they will take them, and give you an idea of the price.
Consignment furniture typically brings higher prices than classifieds and online, but you’ll pay a hefty commission to the shop. A used furniture store will buy your furniture outright, but they don’t pay much since they are all about the resale profit.
According to OfferUp’s website, they provide the “easiest way to buy and sell locally.” This free online classified app lets you list your used furniture in minutes. Simply upload pictures and write a description from your phone.
Buyers can make counter offers on your price; hence the name OfferUp. Buyers and sellers communicate within the app. You meet the buyer locally to complete the sale. See ratings, badges, and transaction history by checking out people’s profiles. When buyers search the site, they will get results for the items nearest them. Some items can even be shipped nationwide.
Bookoo says that it’s a “site made by yard sale fans, for yard sale fans.” Bookoo was started to help people do less running around town to find bargains. This online classified site uses a mini-social media platform to connect buyers and sellers in the same area. “Simply contact the seller, meet up, exchange stuff for money and be on your way.”
7. Used Furniture Stores
A used furniture store is another great option. Some stores appraise your second-hand furniture and provide you with a quote on the spot. If you decide to sell them your furniture be sure to see if they will pick it up as well. To find stores in your area you can google “used furniture stores near me.”
8. Antique Stores
If you have valuable antique furniture it’s probably best to look for an antique store that is experienced with selling higher priced items. This is a great option if you want to wholesale a group of items rather than try and sell them yourself. To learn more about how to sell antiques read these tips for selling to dealers.
9. Garage Sale
Furniture can be a tough category to get top dollar from at a garage sale, but with the right advertising, you can attract the right buyers to move your second-hand furniture.
Be sure to keep in mind how much you want to sell your second-hand furniture. You may want to take less money to avoid moving that heavy sofa back into the house. Also, your furniture will get more attention if you place it near the street.
10. Estate Sale
An estate sale is basically a garage sale on steroids! Frequently an estate sale is held after someone dies, but it can also be a good tool for someone who wants to downsize. For example, if you’re moving to a smaller house to save money than an estate sale might be the best way to sell your used furniture.
If you decide to handle the sale yourself be sure to ask for help. Cashing out customers and helping people load items into their vehicles requires a lot of help. Offer to supply a free lunch for your helpers.
EBTH is a full-scale estate sale service in 22 markets across the United States. That service covers everything from inspecting and pricing to photographing and cataloging your furniture. Customers across the country can submit smaller items through email. You will pay a 40 percent fee for estate sale services, and 15 to 50 percent for consignment.
Sell Furniture Online
Letgo is a newer addition to the online marketplace. It’s basically online classifieds, like Craigslist, but image-driven. Letgo is online and also has an app for your phone, and it’s free. You can shoot photos of your used furniture with your phone and upload them to the app, then add the price and details. All communication is between you and the buyer. Letgo also has an online chat option.
13. Apartment Therapy Marketplace
Apartment Therapy Marketplace is big in the big cities, like New York, Atlanta, and Chicago, but you can sell from anywhere and ship globally. Their focus is on mid-century and modern used furniture and lighting, and the listing is free. Once you’ve created an account and uploaded photos, you can share the listing on Facebook and Twitter.
Chairish is the hot site for selling more upscale items–it’s the go-to site for decorators on the hunt for a particular look. You need to be a little creative when you sell with them–Chairish’s name is a play on their hook–their listings tell a story about a given item, so the buyer has some context about your cherished used couch. Chairish arranges for shipping, if necessary, and you can communicate with buyers via Chairish dashboard, email, or phone. They take a 20% commission on all items they sell for you.
Trove is a local online marketplace, although sellers can ship globally. Buyers see items closest to their Zip code but can expand their search–so a neighbor a few blocks away will see your item first. Like eBay, buyers make offers on your furniture, and you can see their buyer profiles–if you get several offers, you can choose your buyer based on factors like past performance and mutual connections. Trove Marketplace takes a 10% commission on all items sold. Trove also lets you share postings on social media.
Viyet is a division of Sotheby’s Home, so this is the place for antiques and designer furniture. This is upscale online consignment–they send an appraiser to your home to look over your furniture, lighting, art, and accessories and determine which items meet their minimums–$1000 for furniture, $500 for lighting, and $100 for accessories. After they photograph, measure, and document your things, they can either remove them to their warehouse or leave them with you. Viyet handles all aspects of the transaction for you and charges a 40% commission.
eBay remains the biggest online marketplace in the world, and it’s still a great option for smaller items you can ship easily. eBay buyers usually pay more than marketplace buyers, and the commissions aren’t as high as Viyet, so it’s a good middle ground. If you list with eBay you have several selling options–auction, Buy It Now, or Best Offer–and can view a buyer’s profile if you’re taking offers. The upside is that they make it super easy to list, ship, and get paid, plus you don’t pay any fees if a listing does not sell.
This New York-based company prides itself on making it easy for people to buy and sell furniture. It’s free to list your second-hand furniture on AptDeco. If you make a sale, you’ll be charged a fee of 19-29%.
You don’t have to worry about curation, payments, insurance or deliveries; it’s all handled for you. All you need to do is list the used furniture. You get paid quickly after your furniture sells- 24-48 hours after delivery is confirmed. Not sure how to price your secondhand furniture? Try out this used furniture calculator to get the current value of your furniture.
19. Sotheby’s Home
Sotheby’s Home is an online consignment shop. Sell your antique, vintage, new, and gently-used furniture, lighting, and accessories with this site. They do not accept the following brands:
- Crate & Barrel
- Pottery Barn
- Ethan Allen
- Raymour & Flanigan
- West Elm
Each item is listed for a maximum of six months. If you list fewer than 20 items, you will pay a 50% commission rate.
20. 1st Dibs
Sell your antique, vintage and modern second hand furniture with 1stdibs. This is a marketplace for global buyers. Run by a team of designers in Paris, they are one of the best online antique marketplaces.
To begin selling, you have to submit an application. Once approved, you can sell globally. You don’t have to worry about shipping, 1stdibs takes care of everything. Also, you have an account manager to help you succeed.
The sellers on Bonanza are more likely to recommend this marketplace over Etsy, Amazon or eBay. You can sell a wide variety of things on this site, including furniture. Like Shopify, you can create your own branded online presence. What’s different about this site is that they work to send buyers to your store through Google shopping and affiliate programs.
“Bonanza is well-suited for sellers of all sizes and inventory types. Whether you have a few items taking up space in your garage, a smattering of carefully handmade items, or a vast collection of anything and everything to sell, Bonanza is a place that you can be successful.”
There are over 40,000 stores on Bonanza, and they have been recognized by companies like Time and CNN.
Tips For Selling Your Used Furniture
I’m always amazed at how often I see people post blurry pictures of used furniture. For some reason, people tend to price used furniture much higher than most people would pay for it. Maybe I’m just frugal, but if I think that if you want to sell your used furniture quickly you need to take good pictures and price it reasonably. Follow these guidelines to sell your second-hand furniture.
- Clean it up good and make sure it’s free of any dust or stains.
- Take great pictures! Position your furniture in a room with a lot of windows and take your pictures on an overcast day. If your pictures still aren’t great, try using a picture editing app to get the look you want.
- Write a good description. It’s important to highlight the best features without being dishonest.
- A good rule of thumb for pricing is to charge 1/3 of the furnitures original price. Add or subtract to the price depending on the age and condition of the furniture.
One Size Does Not Fit All
There are so many options for selling your used furniture that you can pick and choose what works best for each of your items. If you’ve inherited some really nice antiques, using Viyet or a local consignment furniture store or antique shop will get you more money. You won’t see the cash as quickly, but your ultimate net will be much more. Trove, Chairish, and Apartment Therapy are good options for modern and Mid-Century pieces, and Craigslist, the newspaper, and Letgo are the best marketplaces for quick cash.
I’ve curated this list with the most recent information on the best places to sell used furniture; if some sites you’ve heard about aren’t on this list–Roue 66, Fleapop, and Furnishly, for example–it’s because they’re not online as of this writing.
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