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Selling old furniture may not be something that people think of as lucrative. Who would want my old couch, you’re thinking? Surely people would instead go to Ikea and pick something new?
Well, that depends on what state your old couch is in, of course, but I can tell you right now – used furniture definitely has its appeal, and can be quite a fantastic way to make some extra bucks.
In fact, you can sell old furniture not only if you’ve decided to upgrade and need to get rid of yours – but also if you’re looking to start a new side hustle.
Yes, there are people out there who buy used furniture, spruce it up – then re-sell it for more. Uniqueness appeals – as well as knowing you’re doing something more planet-friendly (buying a one-of-a-kind refurbished piece is definitely a more eco-friendly option).
Anyway, how about I tell you where to sell used furniture and make money fast? Read on to find out what the best ways to sell your old furniture are – and how you could turn that Barcalounger your girlfriend thinks is an eyesore into cash.
Selling Used Furniture Online vs. Locally
There are plenty of options for those looking to sell their used furniture – both online and locally.
If you run a Google search for “sell used furniture near me,” you are most likely going to see a myriad of local used furniture stores, antique stores, and markets where you can do just that.
However, the days of being limited to your local consignment shops are long gone, and many savvy side hustlers now sell used furniture online.
Selling online means your reach expands beyond your local neighborhood, and you may increase your chances of closing a more profitable sale. As you’ll soon learn, there are tons of ways to sell furniture online – each with its pros and cons.
So, what are the best online platforms to sell used furniture and make a quick buck? Let’s take a look.
21 Places To Sell Used Furniture for Cash
Letgo is one of the first apps that springs to mind when it comes to selling furniture, maybe because it’s pretty nifty – and completely free.
Letgo is all about visuals – and having a good image is key to attracting buyers. Listings are organized by category in a photo gallery format – so the better your photos, the higher the chances of someone clicking on your item. And the good thing about that is, once potential buyers click, Letgo allows them to view other items you list – meaning it’s easy for them to see the other items you’re selling.
You can sell on their site or the Letgo app, which is pretty convenient. You can take photos using your smartphone, and upload directly as a listing. Just fill out your price and details – and you’re ready to make money!
OfferUp is another option to sell used furniture – and it’s pretty straightforward. All you need to do is download the app and open a selling account. Just like with Letgo, you’ll need photos of your items, a description, and a location – and you’re good to go.
Listing an item is free on OfferUp – but other costs may apply when an item sells (such as shipping fees or service fees). However, all the fees will be disclosed to you upfront, so no unpleasant surprises.
What’s interesting about OfferUp is that buyers can offer a counter price for your items (hence the name). You can either sell an item and ship it – or meet the buyer in person to swap the item and payment. If you’re looking to avoid extra fees (e.g., shipping), this could be a better option.
Shopify is an excellent option for those looking to turn selling used furniture into a side hustle.
With Shopify, you’ll need to set up an online store – it’s essentially like selling furniture as a business.
Creating your e-commerce website should be simple if you use one of the pre-made templates (of which there are 100s).
There’s a 14-day free trial, after which you’ll need to pay to sell used furniture on Shopify – plans start from $29 a month.
Additionally, Shopify helps you boost your sales by providing analytics tools to determine the success of your marketing campaigns.
Bonanza is another site where you’ll need to set up a storefront – but it’s not as complicated as it sounds. It’s integrated with Google (which means better visibility) and is often seen as an alternative to eBay or Amazon.
There are no listing fees – but you will pay a commission if your items sell. How much you pay will depend on the value – as well as the advertising option you’ve chosen.
For instance, if you sell an item for $50 and your shipping costs are $5, the total value of your item will be $55. The fee will be calculated based on this $55 value, and they start from 3.5% (see these examples of Bonanza pricing).
Trove isn’t just about furniture – you can also sell art, electronics, kitchen décor, and more.
With Trove you can also list your items for free – but they do take 10% commission upon the sale of your items (which is pretty low compared to a few other sites).
You set the price for your items – as well as the times you’re available to meet buyers.
What’s cool about Trove is that buyers can search for items by city or ZIP Code, making it more likely they’ll be in your area.
A site “made by yard sale fans, for yard sale fans,” Bookoo is all about helping people to find bargains without having to run around.
It’s sort of a mini social media platform which buyers can use to connect with sellers in the same area.
The setup is very similar to Craiglist, but Bookoo is more local – and there’s more of a community spirit.
To sell on Bookoo, you’ll need to create an account. Once your account is confirmed, you can then put up unlimited items for sale – be it furniture, or anything else you like.
Looking for a way to completely clear your clutter? Wish someone did it all for you? Remoov can help.
A full-service offering, Remoov will literally remove anything you no longer need from your home.
All you need to do is take photos of your stuff, submit them, then schedule a pickup. The Remoov team will pick up your items, then update you when your items are sold, and you’ll get 50% of the value.
Another great thing is that whatever they don’t sell, they will donate to charities – so you know you’re also doing something good. Plus, you will receive a tax deduction.
You may think of Etsy as limited to handmade, artistic knick-knacks and craft supplies – but it can be a great platform to sell used furniture, too.
That said, your pieces will need to be unique to receive attention from potential buyers. Is your furniture vintage, antique, or handcrafted? That’s the kind of stuff Etsy shoppers are looking for.
To start selling on Etsy, you’ll need to open an Etsy shop, which is relatively easy to do. Simply follow the guidelines on their website, then list your first item (each listing costs $0.20).
When you’ve sold, you’ll pay 5% transaction fee as well as 3% + $0.25 for payment processing.
Despite its quirky name, 1stdibs is actually quite a big deal. Known as an online marketplace connecting furniture dealers, galleries, collectors, antique shops, designers, and curators – it’s a great place to sell vintage furniture that’s truly one-of-a-kind.
Listing your items with 1stdibs isn’t cheap – which makes sense since you would only be selling furniture pieces that cost significantly more.
To become a seller, you’ll need to pay a monthly fee. There will also be an additional 15% commission on each sale, as well as a 3% transaction fee for credit card use.
Live in New York? You could pop into the 1stdibs showroom to see what other designer furniture pieces look like.
10. Route 66 Furniture
Route 66 Furniture market themselves as “the simple way to buy and sell furniture.”
To start selling, you’ll need to upload photos of your items and email the details to Route 66. They’ll follow up in one business day – and will coordinate a pickup time for you.
Your furniture will be taken to the Route 66 warehouse – and you’ll get 50% of the profits when it sells.
Route 66 Furniture is convenient since you don’t have to worry about selling the items yourself – but you are giving up half of the profit.
One thing to bear in mind is that, if your item doesn’t sell within 30 days, Route 66 may drop the price – even in half. And if still no luck within 60 days, your item will be unlisted (but you can request for them to be re-listed).
If your furniture is vintage or you’ve decided to part with some art, Chairish is the place to sell. It is an upscale resale site, where elegant, unique, boho-style furniture will likely find a new owner.
You can determine the value of your items using the Chairish Pink Book – a free pricing resource for vintage furniture. Then you’ll need to add quality photos (much quicker to do on the app).
There are multiple selling plans to choose from – and the commission depends on the prices of your items.
Chairish will either take 20% commission for sales up to $2,500 or a 3-12% commission for items worth more. In other words, the more you sell, the lower the commission.
If your furniture is in particularly good condition, AptDeco may be an excellent site to use. You can list your furniture for free in just a couple of minutes.
What’s really cool is that the listing will be enhanced by improving visuals and providing details about the item you may not even know – within 24 hours.
If your item sells, they take a fixed rate, which is 23%. You get paid after your item has been delivered directly into your account within two to five business days. Easy!
13. Apartment Therapy Bazaar
Apartment Therapy Bazaar is a community-driven marketplace, which allows you to sell vintage designer furniture and accessories from almost anywhere.
You can list your items for free – but boosting them will cost from $1 per listing.
Another great thing is that the site allows you to import your Etsy listings easily – meaning that you could be selling on both platforms at the same time, this way increasing your chances of making a sale.
14. Sotheby’s Home
Do you have designer furniture you no longer want or need? Sotheby’s Home is where you can sell well-maintained, premium home furnishings – anything from new and gently used, to vintage and antique.
Because we’re talking quality designer furniture, the process is slightly different from selling items on other sites. The team at Sotheby’s Home will review each item before it goes on sale – and will try to find potential buyers.
There is also a minimum retail price of $1,000 for each piece – and they will take 50% commission if you consign 20 items or fewer, or 40% of it’s 21 or more.
15. Ruby Lane
And if you’re seriously considering selling antique and vintage furniture as a side hustle, Ruby Lane may be a good option to try. They also sell fine art, collectibles, jewelry, vintage fashion, silver – and even vintage dolls!
Ruby Lane is a place to earn the big bucks – but it is also much more expensive to use. There is a $100 setup fee to open your online store, plus you’ll pay a monthly fee if you’ve listed 80 items or less. Each listing also comes with a 19-cent listing fee.
Probably one of the first places that come to mind when someone says “selling online” is eBay.
If you have any experience selling on eBay, you’ll know that there are two options – selling as an auction, or for a fixed price.
In terms of fees, you’ll pay a 13% commission fee on the final selling price.
Also, you don’t have to worry about shipping items that are too expensive to ship – eBay will take care of that (there’s a local pickup service which is pretty handy).
An eBay alternative, eBid has an advantage over its competitor since it has very low commission fees of only 3%.
Just like on eBay, you can list furniture at auction or for a fixed price – and use local pickup for heavier items.
Another great feature is being able to import items that you’re selling on eBay or Amazon quickly – helping you reach more potential buyers and making it more likely that your furniture will find a new home quicker.
If that’s something you’d be interested in, you can also purchase lifetime eBid membership for $50, reducing your long-term selling fees – and you even get a free t-shirt! It’s a win-win.
Craigslist is one of the most visited online classified sites, so it’s one of the best places to sell anything – including used furniture.
You can list your items for free, and the process will only take minutes.
Bear in mind – just like with many other online platforms for selling used furniture, having good quality photos of your items is a must. Buyers want to see the items they’ll be purchasing – it’s reassuring to know they’re in good condition.
Also, be sure to include a detailed description of your items – the more, the better! Buyers need details – especially if they’re investing in a larger purchase.
19. Facebook Marketplace
With Facebook Marketplace, potential buyers in your area will be shown your items when they browse the platform.
Creating a listing takes about a minute – and the steps are relatively simple to follow. Listing items is free – and you won’t be paying any fees for sold items, which is a bonus.
You can also easily boost your listing’s visibility by posting on local Facebook garage sales pages.
I personally think Facebook Marketplace is one of the best sites to sell furniture (and other things) locally – while also having a wider reach online. It’s great for the money-savvy seller who would rather make money without spending any (no fees!).
Pinterest may not be the first site that pops to mind when someone mentions selling used furniture online, but let me tell you why it’s definitely worth considering.
With 1.250 million users worldwide every month, Pinterest has the audience every seller dreams of.
You can pin images from your own website (it’s also a fantastic way to grow your brand) – or without a website if you don’t have one.
Pinterest is especially great for furniture makeovers because, on this platform, it’s all about the visuals. The better your furniture looks – the more re-pins it’ll get, and the higher the chances that it will find a new, excited owner who will gladly pay you for it.
Last but not least, Oodle is a classified site which allows buyers to see listings near their current location.
Listing is free – and when the buyer is interested, you can agree to meet to finalize the purchase.
The site is quite small – and if you don’t live in a featured city, you’re outta luck. But it’s an option!
How to Maximize Profit When Selling Used Furniture
To up your profit, you need to play it smart.
Here are some tried-and-tested ways to maximize profit:
- Visuals Matter – Use Good Photos. Buyers need to see that your furniture is clean and in good condition. Visuals are so important when trying to sell pretty much anything – but especially when it comes to second-hand furniture. After all, a buyer already knows they’re buying something that’s not “fresh out of the box” – even more of a reason to need reassurance that the items are worth paying money for. Aim for clear photos taken in a good light. And, if you have an artistic flair, you could even spice them up with a bit of creativity!
- Provide an Accurate Description (But Highlight the Pros). Trying to hide a scratch or a dent isn’t going to play out well – honesty is your best policy. Especially if you want to turn this into a lucrative side hustle – and want people to come back to you. Provide an accurate, detailed, factual description of your items with as much transparency as possible (such as mentioning the fact that the piece lived in a smoking home) – but make sure to highlight the best features (such as how the items were made, the fabrics, etc.).
- Do Some Research – and Be Wise. Since there’s no one perfect platform to sell used furniture, do your research beforehand to find the best deals and prices for the type of furniture you want to sell. Compare similar furniture items across multiple platforms to see how much you could expect to earn. You could even list your items on a few different platforms as well as holding a yard sale to maximize your chances of selling them for the best price.
Final Word on Selling Your Used Furniture For Cash
So, there you have it! Selling used furniture can be an easy and reasonably quick way to make some extra cash. Money which you could, perhaps, put towards an investment (learn How to Start Investing In Your Future With Little Money) – or check out my investing strategy.
And you never know – you might enjoy the process so much that you turn it into one of your side hustles!
If you’re looking for more ideas on how to start a profitable side-hustle, check out my post on the best side hustles.
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