Upgrading Your Furniture: Where to Sell Your Goods

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If you're getting ready to move and are craving an all-new look, or just need to downsize for a smaller place, then it's time to get rid of some furniture! We've gathered some ideas for selling your items easily when you're getting ready for that big move.

1. Craigslist. Ah, the old standby. Craigslist is great for furniture of all values, because vintage shop dealers and collectors alike scan the pages. Plus, it's free to list, and you don't have to give a cut of your sale to Craigslist. However, remember that you are meeting people that you don't know on the internet. Keep your items for sale in your garage or a safe place, and always meet customers with a friend.

2. Ebay is another great way to find buyers for your items online. Plus, if it's a great piece, your auction could go higher than expected! Ebay does have its pitfalls, however: a cut of your sale will go to Ebay, listing the item costs money, and if you aren't prepared to ship large items you may have to do a local-only listing so that the buyer can pick it up.

3. Consignment shops. Offering your furniture up to a consignment shop to sell for you can be a good way to sell treasured or designer pieces. The shop will approve your item and keep it safe in-shop until a buyer is interested. They do take a large cut of your sale — sometimes up to 50%.

4. A yard sale or flea market. In design-loving communities, this is an ideal way to get cash fast for your furniture. However, bargain-hunters frequent yard sales, so be ready to haggle. Have in mind the lowest possible price that you are willing to sell for, and stick with it, but be open-minded if you need to sell fast. Note: flea markets will charge you for your booth fee, so make sure that you have enough items to sell to regain that entire amount back.

4. Charity. If you're not strapped for cash, don't forget about donating your furniture to The Salvation Army or programs like SightConnection, which donates household items to the blind. You can get a receipt for your donation, which is tax deductible. 

5. Apartment Therapy's Classifieds: Our classifieds are open for business 24 hours a day, are organized by location and are (naturally!) full of fellow design lovers. Here's a quick lesson on how to list your goodies - super easy.

(Image: Michele and Ryan's New Beginning by Andie Powers)