For many local furniture sellers and renovators, the market has never looked better.
As COVID-19 causes manufacturing and shipping delays to big box stores, customers have turned to an innovative and unique solution – purchasing refurbished, refurbished, and often painted used furniture.
It’s all good, but someone has to sell it to them. why not you
7 Tips for Reselling Furniture
But you need to know where to start collecting your inventory.
Don’t worry, we’ll guide you through it. By the time you’re through, you’ll likely be ready to take a paintbrush and some new hardware to your old dresser and fluffy nightstands.
1. Find treasures on the Internet
Leslie Jarrett He is a painter and distributor of Denver, Colorado furniture. I started drawing furniture as a hobby in college. Her mother found an abandoned wardrobe in the trash and Jarrett knew she could update it with a little work.
Now, Jarrett is an expert in the art of finding one person’s trash and turning it into treasure. She spends her days scanning the Facebook Marketplace for used furniture. I found the selection to be much wider than the thrift store. But it doesn’t recommend searching for specific items – this will affect the ads Facebook serves you and limit you from seeing the full range of items available.
“I always recommend just the roll,” Jarrett says.
Summer Berube whimsical runs pine wood magic From her home in Hampstead, New Hampshire. When she’s browsing through items to buy, she’s focusing on simple pieces that have little to no detail, “not over the top.”
“Some of the pieces need makeup,” says Birubi. “They are too busy or have too much going on.”
And when Jarrett searches for furniture online, she has a target price range in mind—$40-60 for most pieces, though it won’t be more than $20 for small side tables. When you know the maximum sale for an item, it is easier to know how much money to spend.
2. Keep the rehabilitation of used furniture to a minimum
When Garrett is looking, she’s always on the lookout for second-hand furniture that doesn’t need to be repaired too much. Your time is precious and the more you invest in a project, the more you want to ship. Your handiwork is not likely to be appreciated by people looking for a bargain.
They focus on specific styles that they know are popular and will sell. Think rattan or something boho.
Jarrett also finds that certain types of furniture — such as cabinets — sell well. Find out what your market is looking for and you can make profits simply with this expertise.
3. Make minor changes
If you find a piece online that has potential but needs some work, Jarrett and Berube suggest starting small first.
There are easy and quick ways to make a piece of music without spending a lot of energy and spending a lot of money. Jarrett is a fan of peel and stick wallpaper strips, which can line dresser or dresser drawers and add a fun flair.
She also loves Hobby Lobby and Amazon hardware – copper and gold hardware are popular too cup pulls.
If the item has interesting antique hardware, then Berube tries not to change it. But, she says, “hardware makes or breaks the piece.” So sometimes, you have to go.
4. Do not impose style
Birubi is a firm believer in honoring the piece in front of her and letting her speak to her.
“Sometimes you’ll get a piece and you’ll know exactly what it should be,” she said. “Sometimes you’ll get a piece and you’ll have to think about it for a while.”
The nature of an Instagram feed, if this is where you sell or promote, is that it shows all of your pieces at once, not just your most recent piece. You want your furniture to match a certain aesthetic. Berube appreciates modern furniture, but it’s not her passion.
“I can totally appreciate a fresh piece of feeding someone else,” she says. “I love it, because they’ll do it way better than I do.”
5. Paint the furniture in neutral colors
When it’s time to paint the furniture, Jarrett and Berube know what easily sells for—neutral colors, especially white, warm gray, dark blue, and black.
But Berube also says it’s okay to experiment. In fact, she’s been rewarded for that before. I once painted a wardrobe orange and sold it in 30 minutes. I’ve also painted white pieces and watched them sit for a few weeks.
The hardest color to sell right now is green – something you say is weird, because Fashionable color at the moment. The shade of green is perhaps the most important, more so than Kermit moss.
However, her audience does not bite.
“My followers don’t jump on it,” she says. “When I paint a piece green it will stay a bit, but it’s probably one of my favorite colors to paint.”
6. Be smart and you will trade used furniture for cash
Jarrett and Beerop succeed because they know their audience.
And according to Berob, nightstands are a “hot commodity.” She knows that if you find a pair of matching bedside tables in good condition, it’s a no-brainer. They will sell.
Cabinets are also in great demand in the world of used furniture. Knowing what people tend to buy and use brings the seller one step closer to success.
7. Take a picture of success
“The biggest source of profit is your style and taking a good photo,” says Jarrett. She’s not alone in thinking it – we’ve pre-collected the best tips from Online distributors in taking pictures.
Jarrett has some basic advice: Use natural lighting, sit on the floor to take the photo, and keep grading simple. For example, don’t leave a McDonald’s cup in the frame.
Beerop agrees that staging is very important. She loves to put versatile pieces—like an oversized wardrobe—in a creative setting, perhaps as an entryway or as a buffet.
“You want to get people to think outside the box,” she said. “You want them to think, ‘I can put this in my living room. You don’t have to be in my bedroom.”
Writer Elizabeth Degens is a contributor to The Penny Hoarder, and often writes about selling merchandise online through social platforms. Her work has appeared in Teen Vogue, Smithsonian Magazine, and the Tampa Bay Times.