How to Sell Your Old or Used Furniture

Summary: If you want to make a buck or two off your old furniture, there are plenty of ways that you can sell them.

Selling used furniture can be a hassle if you don’t know where to start. Whether you’re simply looking to replace old furniture, moving, or just want to make some extra cash from an old piece, it’s important to know where to sell your treasured good. Here are some tips to help you get started.

Determine the Value of Your Furniture

Start the process off by determining the value of each piece you are looking to sell. Do you own any antiques that are in good condition or replacement cushions that have not been touched yet? Do you know if your furniture was designed by a famous manufacturer?

In the case of valuable pieces, consult pricing guides online from The Foam Factory for example, or ask an expert to see the median value. Visiting consignment stores and looking at different advertisements for similar items can help give you an idea of how much your furniture is worth.

Even if your furniture does not classify as an antique it is still worth something. Consider how much you paid for that item, who manufactured it, and what its present condition is.

Give a Fair Price

This might be one of the most difficult parts of the selling process. You don’t want to undersell, but you don’t want to price it too high that people won’t even bother looking at it. It’s important to be realistic when pricing your furniture. The memories that you have with your old couch is yours alone and won’t provide any real value to the consumer. Moreover, customers are savvy enough to recognize whether you are overpricing you products as well.

Choose How You Want to Sell

Yard sales, estate sales, and moving sales might be a viable option for you, depending on how many items you have. But, you can also use the internet as well. When you use the Internet, be sure to include details and photos in your advertisement to encourage serious buyers. Also, be prepared to meet with some buyers, depending on your location. If possible, move the furniture to an area where you do not have any valuable lying around.

You also have the option to contact a consignment store or a used furniture store. They typically come to your house and appraise the item. If they think they can sell the item at a profit they will make you an offer. This is a convenient option but may not net you the best price for your furniture.