Top Tips for Buying and Selling Used Furniture………
Hey Friends… I get asked a lot of questions about buying and selling used furniture. There is also that curiosity about restoring pieces, DIY, and buying quality used pieces. As, Jerral, and I were moving around and transitioning in life, there were some choices that we needed to make. Especially about what was important to us concerning furniture. We have learned that showroom floor furniture is gorgeous don’t get us wrong, but its always in the budget for the pieces I like. There are pieces of furniture that you can’t even find anymore, and or it’s just NOT being made anymore.
When Jerral first came into my life there was NOT a lot of furniture that I just had on hand. But it was enough for us to be comfortable with moving on LOL!! I knew that one day Jerral and I would move into our forever home. When deciding to sell, or buy used furniture there are definitely things to consider. This is our large sectional that is about 5 or 6 years old, and it will be getting sold soon. (Keep an eye out if your interested)…
I purchased this large sectional when Cole was about 4 years old, and it has definitely been worth my money. When you are making life changes there are things that can’t always hitch a ride to the next place. I thought that I would share with you what has worked for me in the past, and some examples and top tips for selling furniture.
Top Tips for Selling……..
It would be nice to sell this sectional for about half of what it cost, but that’s not always the way things end up. When we are trying to sell upholstery that is a quality piece and want to make some money off of it I suggest-
1.Have your furniture professionally cleaned, or with a professional cleaner paying attention to the fabric content and how it can be treated.
2. Find out the quality and construction of the pieces, and if your not sure GOOGLE it! Put that information into your description.
3. Sell without the pillows. Sometime the pillow value is more than what you are going to make off of the sofa. Even if you don’t plan on using the pillows keep them for the insert.
4. Always share where the piece is from, so they can call and compare, and or before pricing it out.
5. Rugs are hard to sell, but you could always start at 25% of what you paid for it.
Here is a good example of a description……
“Large Sectional Sofa” $300
10×10 Ashley Sectional Sofa purchased at Ashley Furniture for $1,300 currently selling for that same price. Like new, no stains or flaws. Solid wood frame, eight-way hand tied spring system. Comes in pieces, easy to move. Pillows not included.”
Buying Used Furniture……
This was a beautiful Victorian type settee that I found in a Goodwill store, and it was only $25 dollars. There were several things that I had to consider about restoring this piece.
1. Was this restoration going to be easy or tough?
2. Was I going to strip it down to the bones completely?
3. How much would the restoration cost me?
4. Can I really bring it back to life, and make it mine?
5. How long will it take to restore?
This piece was actually really fun to work on, and I was so excited to bring it to completion. This settee was something that I have always wanted, but it was out of my reach budget wise. I didn’t want to spend $600-$1,000 on one settee, so this was my opportunity to make it HAPPEN!!! I restored this settee for $111.62, and I am pretty proud of it folks. I will give you a detailed DIY post here coming soon! Here she is in her glory, and so beautiful to me…
Always try to restore things first if you have the patience, and make it work. You will be so happy in the end when your hard work comes to life. Don’t be quick on just going out and buying the first thing you see. I am aware that there are some friends out there that love more modern looks to their furniture, and also they must have a certain look to their apartment, or house. Also, when selling, let your price factor in how fast you want the item gone.
Buying and Selling Used Furniture from These Sites……
Craigslist, Ebay, and or Close5 App. Make sure to always keep in touch with the seller. Also, please don’t exchange any personal information over the phone, and or email. Make sure to enjoy the process, and have fun. Here are a few pics of things that I have redone here. The green antique china cabinet, has been restored, and the blue dresser in the boys’ room was redone.
Thanks for stopping by, and showing me some love….