Giving your home a new look is a great way to bring in fresh energy. Maybe your tastes have changed? Maybe you’re ready to replace hand-me-downs or items you purchased years ago? Or maybe you’re moving into new digs and need new furnishings to go with your new home’s style.
When it’s time to redecorate it’s also time to think about what to do with furnishings that are no longer needed. Turns out, you’ve got lots of options and some of them could put some extra cash into your pocket:
Websites and Mobile Apps
Craigslist. This is a great place to post things for sale. The audience is local, and you don’t have to worry about shipping. Ads are free, but listings expire 7 to 45 days after they’re posted (depending on your location.) Make sure to upload good photos, and include information that a buyer will need, such as sizes, materials and if there is any damage. The disadvantage to using Craigslist is that you’ll be dealing with strangers. It can be safer to put your items in your garage or outside location. And always meet customers with a friend.
eBay. If your furnishing is collectible or valuable, you’ll get more exposure by putting it on eBay. Listings reach millions of people, and you can choose to hold an auction or sell at a fixed price. eBay charges an insertion fee as well as a percentage of the final sale price, so consider this when you price your item. And photos are extremely important. You can create a listing offering pick up only, or you can look into shipping using a freight provider. If you have a great piece, you could sell it for more than you expected using eBay.
Facebook. If you haven’t checked out local buy/sell/trade groups, you’re missing out. This can be a great way to sell your furnishings. Your items will also post to your personal timeline, and that means your friends will see what you have and they might want it or know someone else who does.
OfferUp. Similar to the other online options, OfferUp is an easy-to-use smartphone app that lets you post items for sale using your smartphone phone. The app lets you answer inquires on the go. Check it out at offerupnow.com.
Stores and Sales
Consignment Shops. Another option is selling your item through a consignment store. A local Internet search help you find locations in your area. Check reviews on Yelp.com to be sure it’s a reputable shop. When you call, ask about the percentage of the sale that the store keeps – many take 50%. Also ask how they go about pricing, how long they will keep your items and how payment will be made to you. Consignment stores are best for valuable or designer pieces, and pieces must be approved before they’re accepted.
Yard Sales. If you can wait until the weather is nice, selling your furnishings at a yard sale is a popular method. This will also allow you to get rid of other household items. Advertise your garage sale with lots of signs, and put a posting in Craigslist’s garage sale section. Be sure to list the furniture you have available. Know that bargain hunters often frequent yard sales, so this method might net you the lowest amount for your items.
Giving It Away
If you don’t want to go through the hassle of selling, you can probably get rid of your old furniture by posting it on a site such as Freecycle.org or the free section of Craigslist. You’d be surprised at what people are willing to take.
You can also offer the item to family and friends. Someone who is just starting out would probably love to have a free sofa or dining set.
Or call a local charity. Many will pick up your items and you’ll get a receipt for your donation, which is tax deductible. Remember: out with the old makes room for the new.