Whether you're looking for a piece to complete a space or want to offload a room full of furniture before a big move, resale sites can often be your best bet for scoring something original or reaching lots of buyers with your listings. E-marketplaces can be competitive for both sellers and shoppers, but the good news is there are more resources than ever for getting into the re-commerce game, and each has its own special twist to offer users.
You can go the peer-to-peer route with Craigslist, eBay or even our own Apartment Therapy Marketplace, but sometimes you might want a site that does the heavy lifting (often literally) to handle your purchase/sale from start to finish. Here, meet some old favorites and the new kids on the block with details on what you can expect to find or sell at each online destination.
Chairish's strong suit is curation—any item you attempt to list will be vetted by the site's design experts, so IKEA futons need not apply. The site specializes in vintage decor and art, but you can find some more current pieces on there as well from stores like West Elm and Restoration Hardware.
Listing on Chairish is free, and there's no minimum number of items that you have to sell in a shop. Lots of great vintage dealers have gotten hip to the site's game—specifically the way they manage payment, shipping and customer support for transactions—and have taken advantage of this by opening virtual storefronts. Shoppers are the real winners here. If there's an old seascape for a song in Phoenix, Arizona, for instance, you can order that sucker. Of course, shipping will cost you, but the site does offer local pick ups, too.
Chairish also seems to have some semblance of a celebrity and designer following, so often they'll partner with personalities to sell pieces from their personal archives a la One Kings Lane Tastemaker Tag Sales (are those still a thing?). As far as selling goes, you won't be able to dump junk here, but if you have great vintage or furnishings from popular stores you're tired of, give it a go. And when you're searching for a one-of-a-kind piece, there are gems to be had here for sure. The midcentury hutch turned tv cabinet shown above (via Emily Henderson) was a Chairish purchase. 'Nuff said.
Everything But The House
Think full-service estate sale online—that's what Everything But The House (EBTH) is all about. The company started in 2007 and these days has a bigger reach than ever, selling entire lots of furniture, jewelry, art, cars and collectibles from 27 cities across the country and counting.
You probably won't be selling on EBTH unless you have a whole house or estate to get rid of or at least a handful of desirable items. But boy can you shop, and the listings really run the gamut, from amazing Heriz carpets to children's toys and everything in between. The nice thing is that if you do have a lot to sell, EBTH will come catalog, photograph and list all of your items, not to mention handle the payment, pick up and shipping of your sold wares.
Auctions last for up to seven days, and the bidding starts at $1, so there's an opportunity to find bargains, especially while EBTH is still growing its audience. The website breaks auctions into categories based on item type and geographical area, so your digital hunt can be as local and tailored to you as you want it to be.
Previously Owned by a Gay Man
No, you don't have to be a gay man to buy, sell or stalk items on this site, but I do enjoy the clever name. From what I can tell, the hallmark of Previously Owned by a Gay Man is its simplicity. Everything is curated by interior designer Geoffrey DeSousa, so there's a definite point of view to the inventory. There's also a clear menu bar of common categories—art, decor, rugs, lighting, etc.,—at the top, so navigating the site's a breeze. You're not going to find the breadth of items that an EBTH might have, which may actually be an advantage to a shopper strapped for time. But new items are still added each week.
As far as selling goes, the site has an equally straightforward upload form that you can use to list your items. You'll have to photograph and describe your items, and shipping is up to you, too, once an item sells. Things are typically listed for 90 days, at which point Previously Owned by a Gay Man will contact you to delist or lower your price if something hasn't sold.
If you're in the market to update your outdoor spaces, check out the "Garden" section. No other site seems to prioritize indoor/outdoor furnishings as much. Maybe that has something to do with the site's Bay Area headquarters. California tends to be where most of the inventory is located as well, but they do ship and accept items from locations nationwide.
AptDeco was founded in 2013 after one too many bad (and creepy!) Craigslist transactions. We've all been there. Basically, you list an item, and within 24 hours, the site spiffs up your listing, helping you find the best price for your item based on historic sales data. There's no minimum price point for inventory, and you only pay a commission to AptDeco if your stuff sells. The AptDeco team handles the pickup and delivery of goods as well, which is scheduled at your convenience.
Of the e-marketplaces on this list, AptDeco seems to be the most affordable and hyperlocal for shopping. Right now, the site's services are only available in the New York, New Jersey and Washington, D.C. areas with plans to expand soon to Boston and Philly.
The gently used sofas, tables and decor skew millennial and modern, with a majority of listings from home decor heavyweights like West Elm, Wayfair and CB2. So if you're in one of these markets and on a budget, AptDeco is worth a look.
For big name designers (or someone purging a lot of high-end loot), luxury consignment e-tailer Viyet might be your best bet. Since launching in 2013, they've had pieces from vendors like B&B Italia and designers like Mies van der Rohe, so shopping and selling here is serious business. Unlike the other sites listed here, your wares have to be worth a certain value: furniture must be worth $1,000, lighting should be at least $500 and $100 is the minimum price for accessories.
All items are also listed with a "make an offer" option, so buyers can haggle a bit with sellers, who then can respond with a counter. Delivery is typically white glove and handled by the site, and commissions can be higher if you have at least 20 items to sell. Viyet also offers in-home consultations to make the pricing and listing process effortless.
Happy shopping or listing, friends! And let us know if you've got another great resale resource.