Where to sell your used furniture depends on what you want to sell and if you are willing to ship it. If you are selling large household furniture, such as your old couch, local marketplaces like Facebook or OfferUp are probably your best bet.
However, if you have high-end specialty items you’ll likely need a broader market and have to ship it to the buyer. In this case, you’ll want to look into places like Sotheby’s or Chairish.
Table of Contents
- Selling Used Furniture Near Me
- 1. Facebook Marketplace
- 2. Craigslist
- 3. Bookoo
- 4. OfferUp/ Letgo
- 5. Local Consignment Stores
- 6. Local Antique Stores
- 7. A Garage or Estate Sale
- Selling Used Furniture Online
- Selling High-End Used Furniture Online
Selling Used Furniture Near Me
These sites and stores are best for selling that old recliner that no longer works in the room. The fees are low, or non-existent, and there is no shipping involved.
1. Facebook Marketplace
Facebook Marketplace has really grown in popularity over the last few years. In fact, I have friends that have completely abandoned other online sales sites in favor of Facebook Marketplace.
After you log in to your Facebook account, click on the little “shop” icon at the top of your screen. From there, the site will direct you on how to list your furniture piece or other items for sale.
Potential buyers will contact you via Messenger where you can hash out the details from there.
Fees and commissions: None–Facebook Marketplace is totally free
What we like best: All users (i.e. potential buyers) have to have a Facebook account, which can mean an added level of security for buyers and sellers. Post to a buy/sell group in a particular area to focus on more defined local buyers.
Craigislist is one of the original online buy/sell sites and it remains popular to this day. The site hasn’t changed much in terms of design and usage, but it’s still easy to use and one of the most popular sites for selling used furniture and other items.
To list your used furniture pieces on Craigslist open a free Craigslist account, add the details and photos about your piece, and wait for potential buyers to contact you.
There’s no buyer verification on Craigslist like there is on some other sites, so use caution when dealing with potential buyers.
Fees and commissions: Craigislist still lets you list furniture for free (unless you’re a dealer), but they do charge listing fees for certain other items. See the Craigslist fee page for more information.
What we like best: Craigslist gives you the option to communicate anonymously with potential buyers via the Craigslist email portal. You can also choose to communicate via phone or text.
Bookoo is another local online site that helps you buy and sell with your neighbors. It’s probably most like Craigslist or OfferUp in terms of how it works.
It’s free to list and sell, and you’re responsible for working with locals as far as exchanging cash for sold items. However, the site is more attractive than Craigslist.
Note that Bookoo does have sites in dozens of cities around the U.S. However, the selection and the pool of buyers in your specific area may vary.
For instance, in the Minneapolis area where I live there were less than a dozen furniture listings. But in Chicago, there were over 1400 furniture items for sale. The point is that you may want to check the popularity of Bookoo in your area before you list.
Fees and commissions: None. It’s totally free to use Bookoo
What we like best: No commissions and the local, down-home feel. Quick deals right in your area if your item is saleable.
4. OfferUp/ Letgo
OfferUp is like Craigslist, only with added benefits. First, the website is more attractive and features photos on the home page. Listing is easy; it takes less than a minute.
Once your furniture item is listed, people have the option to use the “Make Offer” or “Ask” button to ask questions. You do all negotiating through the secure OfferUp app.
However, even with the added security measures, it’s smart to use caution with local buy/sell sites.
Note that OfferUp recently purchased Letgo, so if you’re looking for Letgo, here it is.
If you like the idea of using an app to sell your used furniture, here is a list of selling apps.
Fees and commissions: Free when you’re selling locally. Shipped items may incur shipping and other fees. See the website terms and conditions for details.
What we like best: Added security measures. All OfferUp users must create a profile. That profile must be verified via Facebook or some other measure. Plus, people can leave reviews and ratings which help with security as well.
5. Local Consignment Stores
Most cities have consignment stores, whether they be chain consignment shops or individually owned shops. Local consignment shops will take your furniture piece and place it in the store for sale.
Once it sells, they’ll give you your profit minus their commission price. Note that commission fees at consignment shops are often quite high: 40 percent or more.
Also, many consignment stores reserve the right to lower the originally agreed upon sales price if your furniture piece doesn’t sell within a specified period of time. And if it doesn’t sell at all, you’re responsible for getting the piece hauled back to your home.
Obviously, this could be tedious, but here’s how to find the best consignment stores.
Fees and commissions: Varies by store, and often by sale amount. Read the fine print.
What we like best: Selling at a local consignment shop gets the piece out of your house–at least temporarily in the event it does not sell. Plus, it takes much of the work out of your hands.
6. Local Antique Stores
If you have a furniture piece that’s at least 20 years old, you might want to try selling it at a local antique shop. Antique shops work a lot like consignment shops in that they house your item for a certain period of time or until it sells.
Then they’ll take a commission out of the purchase price. Or, some antique shops will make you an offer price on the spot and then turn around and sell it for a higher price. You’re often responsible for delivering the item for assessment and acceptance.
However, the rest of the work is up to antique shop workers.
Fees and commissions: Varies by store. Read the fine print.
What we like best: Items considered antiques are almost always in trend. Plus, the word “antique” alone has the potential to conjure up a better price for you.
7. A Garage or Estate Sale
A good old-fashioned garage or estate sale is often a great way to sell furniture – especially if you have several pieces.
This is where retail arbitrage has the potential to be very profitable. In fact, a local guy where I live made a healthy living in the estate business. He’d reach out to homeowners that were moving and buy up any furniture pieces they didn’t want.
Then once a month he’d hold an estate sale at his house. Shoppers would come in droves and buy up the many varieties of furniture pieces he had for sale.
Fees and commissions: None! However, you may pay advertising fees depending on how and where you advertise. As far as sale prices go, you are at liberty to negotiate as you see fit.
What we like best: Selling furniture from the comfort of your own home. Buyers come to you and are responsible for hauling purchased pieces away.
Selling Used Furniture Online
If you have a specialty piece that you’re willing to ship to the right buyer then selling it on a national online marketplace might be your best bet.
eBay has long been a go-to site for selling just about everything, from furniture to wine corks and other weird items. It’s a highly popular site with a large traffic following. Of course, selling on a site like eBay means the potential for huge shipping costs. But you can always pass those onto the buyer.
If you’ve sold on eBay before, you know it’s pretty simple. Sign onto your site and list your item by following the directions on eBay.
You can list auction style with the final bid date or set a firm price and wait for an offer to come in.
Fees and commissions: eBay has gotten a bit greedy when it comes to fees in my opinion. You can expect to pay up to 10 percent for selling furniture on eBay.
What we like best: eBay’s long history in the business of online selling and global reach makes it attractive. Also, it’s nice to be able to choose between holding an auction and choosing a set price.
Bonanza is fun in that you list items in your own store (it’s called a “booth”) on the site. Your booth contains everything that you’re selling, furniture or otherwise. In other words, if you’re committed to selling more than one item, this could be a good site to increase your side hustle income.
But beware that unless you happen to get an offer from a local seller, your buyer will potentially pay some pretty big shipping fees.
It’s free to set up a booth and to list your items on Bonanza. You can advertise your booth on various social media outlets and let buyers see all that you have listed at once. Or you can pay Bonanza and they’ll advertise for you.
Advertising rates through Bonanza range from 3.5% to 30%.
Fees and commissions: Between 3.5 percent and 5.0 percent of the Final Offer Value (the amount the buyer paid plus any shipping cost over $10). See website for details.
What we like best: Global reach. And the storefront concept gives an air of professionalism to your ad. Fees are less than eBay.
10. Apartment Therapy Bazaar
Apartment Therapy Bazaar specializes in helping people buy and sell vintage, antique, and used designer furniture and accessories. You’ll list your item and then work with Apartment Therapy Bazaar to coordinate the acceptance of offers.
Payment in full is collected by the site before you are instructed to begin the delivery process. The site also has an ample “help” section to assist you in maximizing marketability.
In addition, the site offers “Everyday” listing and “Luxe” listing options to accommodate a variety of furniture and accessory pieces. There’s also a middle-of-the-road section called “Stylegrade” that might apply to some pieces.
Fees and commissions: It’s free to list on Apartment Therapy Bazaar. Final sales will result in a 3 percent commission charge and a 2.9 percent (plus 30 cents) charge for payment as they use Stripe. You can choose to use an off-party site and avoid the Stripe fee.
What we like: A home just for selling designer and vintage furniture, and with reasonable selling fees. A wide selection of categories to fit just about any furniture piece.
11. Route 66 Furniture
Route 66 Furniture is another online consignment shop. To sell furniture on this site, you submit your photos to the site via the seller portal.
If the Route 66 Furniture staff like what they see, they’ll work with you to coordinate a time to pick up your furniture piece. After it sells, they’ll send you the sales price minus their commission.
If the furniture piece doesn’t sell, you can pay to have it shipped back to you, pick up the item(s) (at their San Diego store), donate the piece to charity, or request an extension. You may want to consider this fact before listing, especially if you’re not local.
You may not want to have to pay to get a piece back if it doesn’t sell.
Note that this company does reserve the right to reduce the list price of any piece after 30 days.
Fees and commissions: They charge you a flat 50 percent commission.
What we like best: Easy and convenient. Send them the info and photos, they pick up the piece, they sell the piece, and give you a cut of the profit.
Selling High-End Used Furniture Online
These stores are for your antiques and high-end furniture.
12. Sotheby’s Home
Sotheby’s Home is an online consignment shop where you submit your high-end furniture pieces through the site’s seller portal. From there, Sotheby’s experts assess your item and notify you if and when it’s approved to list.
Sotheby’s experts decide on a listing price and get your approval before any listing goes live. All pieces have to be in good or excellent condition as determined by Sotheby’s.
In addition, they have a minimum established resale value of $1,000 for furniture pieces and $500 for lighting or accessories.
High-end brands only on this site: You won’t find Ikea, Ethan Allen, or Pottery Barn here.
Fees and commissions: There is no cost to list your items on Sotheby’s Home. You’ll pay a maximum commission of 50 percent when an item sells.
What we like best: Sotheby’s handles the coordination of shipping, value assessment, and listing details. And the Sotheby’s name always gives an air of exceptional value.
Chairish is an online consignment site for higher-end furniture pieces. In exchange for the commission you will pay, Chairish will arrange for shipping using trusted home furniture movers.
For smaller pieces, they’ll use well-known delivery services. It’s free to list your furniture pieces on Chairish. You can delist at any time. However, Chairish may choose to delist a piece on your behalf if they feel as if the listing has served its purpose.
Chairish will also help you polish your listing by editing the description and touching up photos. Shipping is generally paid for by the buyer unless otherwise specified.
Fees and commissions: 20 to 30 percent of the sale price, depending on which Chairish plan you sign up for.
What we like best: Chairish specializes in higher-end pieces only. That means your high-value furniture won’t be lumped in with pieces that may be better off in the dumpster. And you get a high level of assistance for your higher commission payment, including a 7-day-a-week customer support line.
1stdibs, like Chairish, deals only in higher-end furniture pieces. All sellers are vetted and approved before they can add a listing. Be prepared to prove your furniture piece’s authenticity before selling on 1stdibs as well.
This site is probably best for those who have multiple items to sell or are making a business out of selling used furniture. It’s not really meant for those selling one or two personal furniture items.
Fees and commissions: You’ll pay a monthly storage fee to sell on 1stdibs, as well as a 15 percent commission on any final sales. There’s an additional 3 percent fee for credit card transactions as well.
What we like best: Your 1stdibs store includes an account manager that will help you with the shipping process when you sell your items.
Whether you’re looking to sell a few personal furniture pieces or your grandma’s antique hutch you’ve got plenty of options. And there are a variety of stores and sites to choose from, based on your personal needs and wants.
Just be sure you know the scoop regarding fees, commissions, and shipping before you agree to list your furniture piece. And if you’re selling through a local site like Craigslist, be sure to heed safety guidelines when meeting up and exchanging furniture for cash.
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