Selling your old furniture is a great way to clear out your house and to make a little extra cash, while selling furniture of your own making is rewarding and can become a full-time career. Whether you wish to sell antiques, thrift-store finds or handmade furniture, there are lots of venues through which you can attract customers.
The simplest way to sell furniture you don’t want, or furniture you think you can make money from, is to have a yard sale. Pick a weekend that seems like it will be free from precipitation, advertise the yard sale in your local paper, hang up signs at the nearest corner and on Saturday morning, drag your furniture onto your lawn. Price the furniture high enough so that you’ll be satisfied even if someone wants to bargain down the price, but not so high that you’ll turn people off right away. Make sure that your furniture is looking and smelling good when you set it out, because people will examine and test out the furniture before buying it.
Post an ad in the classifieds section of your local newspaper or Internet site listing the furniture you want to sell. Be sure to give a thorough description of the furniture that makes it sound attractive—your words means a lot when it comes to convincing a buyer to get the furniture. Someone is more likely to buy if you write that an armchair is shabby-chic and something you’re sad to see go than if you write that it is a beater you can’t wait to get rid of. List a fair price and note “OBO (or best offer)” if you are willing to take less. List whether or not you are willing to drive the furniture to someone’s house, or if she must pick it up.
Antique Fair or Flea Market
Renting a spot at a flea market or antique fair is a great way to sell your furniture. Just remember that you should only sell at an antique fair if the furniture is antique or has other special interest, and if it is in relatively decent condition. Flea markets are a great place to sell a wide variety of furniture, beat up or not; just be ready to bargain before you set up.
Selling on consignment is a low-risk way of getting your furniture into a storefront. Selling on consignment means that you bring your furniture to a store, and if your piece sells, you and the storeowner split the cash. Choose the type of consignment shop that fits your furniture: If you make furniture to sell, choose an artisan consignment shop; if you are getting rid of the old furniture in your garage, choose a thrift consignment shop.
Open a small storefront out of which you can store and sell furniture. Operating a store front can be expensive and a time commitment, so keep that in mind as you open it. The more furniture you have, the bigger a space you’ll need. If you get a space that is too large for your amount of furniture, consider showcasing others’ furniture on consignment.