Furniture advice for selling

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If your furniture is good quality stuff and you want to make sure that you make back a good portion of your purchase value, I'd say that you need to have a longer time frame and a better avenue for sale. Try online like eBay or Craig's List. If you need the space urgently but don't mind waiting to complete the sale, then take out a storage unit and keep your unused furniture there while waiting for people to bite on your listing.

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  • Judy Judy on Aug 28, 2017
    One thing you may want to do, is to be sure all legs and exposed area, are wiped with Murphy's Oil Soap., and this will raise your price. This is apart of the upkeep for the furniture.
  • Dianacirce70 Dianacirce70 on Aug 28, 2017
    For me, buying used furniture is like buying a used car. I'm not going to pay anywhere near retail once its been used. The moment you put it in your home the value drops at least in half. There is no telling how the original owner treated it, if they have pests, if their cat peed on it, if their kids/gandkids peed on it...Too many factors for me to be willing to pay more than 50% of what you paid for it. Then I start picking apart condition, odor, age factors. Likewise, when I sell furniture pieces, I try to really take my own advise and price accordingly. Slightly above what I hope to get, and willing to negotiate.
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    • Dianacirce70 Dianacirce70 on Aug 30, 2017
      Antiques are definitely different, but for me they are still only worth what someone is willing to pay for them. I think the "wait for offers" might be a good plan, but have an idea of what the pieces might be valued at so you don't get taken advantage of. What I tend to see is people that attach an emotional value to the pieces that far outweight the monetary value. You have a set of occasional tables in near mint condition that are worth about $150, but they were Gramma's and you loved her so you are determined to get $300 out of them. What that really would be is your "I really don't want to sell them" price.
  • Marge Marge on Aug 28, 2017
    I have couple antiques (side needlepoint seat chair, 1865; Cabot/Wrenn hand-made 24" walnut round table). I know what their Value is supposed to be...but when I show photos to dealers, they drop price way down (e,g,, $100 for chair; $50 for table! Recommend bidding on Ebay?
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    • Marge Marge on Aug 30, 2017
      Thanks--helps--didn't know 20% fee for eBay... I also might consider a better class consignment shop (they also take fee, of course).
  • Robyn Garner Robyn Garner on Aug 28, 2017
    Unless you have some pieces that are made by a designer or are valuable antiques with maker's marks on them, please don't expect to "make back" anything like what you paid for them! People buy used furniture to save money or do upcycle. If they could or wanted to get new, they'd pay stores prices and have their pick of any style/color, etc.

    Pretty much figure that you enjoyed it, used it and whatever you now get for the pieces is "found money".