Selling Furniture 101

Sometimes part of moving is reassessing your furniture. Do you have too much furniture for your fancier, smaller apartment? Is some of your furniture old, delicate, or difficult to move? There are a number of different factors that can figure into your decision to unload furniture, but here at College Muscle Movers, we’d like to help make sure you get the most bang for your buck.

 

How Much is it Worth?

Furniture varies greatly in terms of cost and quality. Compare the two pieces below, for example.

By three years of wet basement.
By three years of wet basement.
By Frank Lloyd Wright
By Frank Lloyd Wright

If you think you have an antique or collectible furniture item, consider taking it in and having it appraised by an expert. Even if your furniture isn’t anything extra special, good wood furniture can still be worth quite a bit. Furniture is one of those areas where they really “don’t make ‘em like they used to.”

Once you’ve figured out roughly how much your furniture is worth, you have to decide how much to sell it for. Remember to try and stay as objective as possible: sentimental value means almost nothing to most customers. If you find that you’re having trouble selling your furniture, try to be flexible about lowering the price.

 

Find Your Market

There are a lot of different ways for you to unload your furniture. Many people have success with garage or yard sales. The internet also offers a wide variety of websites for you to hawk your wares. Some of the most common include eBay, Craiglist, and Etsy. You can also try to sell your items to a vintage or used furniture store, especially if it’s nice stuff.

Finally, if you can’t seem to sell your furniture, but you need to get it off your hands, you can always consider donating it to a charity or nonprofit shop! Options here include Goodwill or Bridging.

 

Don’t Undersell Yourself!

Remember that you need to put your best foot forward when you’re trying to sell your stuff. You need to make it look and sound like something that someone would want. Take the time to craft a well-written description of your furniture, and more than anything else, make sure you take a good picture. If you don’t have a camera, see if any friends or family might have one that you could borrow.

Post your little advertisement in local papers, or consider putting up flyers in the neighborhood if you’re having a garage sale.

Now, none of this means you should lie. If you’re selling junk, don’t pretend it’s that desk designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.

Eventually, if you follow all of these steps, you should be able to find some interested buyers. Many people may try to haggle about the price of the furniture you’re selling. When haggling, think about why you’re selling the furniture. If your primary goal is to get rid of it before moving to a new place, you might be better off settling for a lower price than you’d originally set. That part is up to you!

If you have any questions or concerns about an upcoming move in the Twin Cities, feel free to contact College Muscle Movers. We’re always happy to help!