At some point in time, you’ll find yourself wanting to replace your once favourite home furniture. Regardless of how much you loved and treasured it, part of you will tell you it’s time to let it go. Funnily, we outgrow many of our things—and home furniture is no exception.
Many factors could push you to let go of your furniture. It could be because of a home renovation, moving to a new place, or simply feeling like it is no longer serving you. When that time comes, the first thing you’d want is to dispose of the item. However, it would be a waste of money and resources to choose the easy way out.
Instead, you can choose to sell your old furniture. It’s true when people say that your junk could be someone else’s treasure. With that, it’s better to look for ways to give your old furniture a new home. But we know that selling is not easy. That’s why many decide to throw away their furniture despite it still being in good condition.
Still, making your old things useful is better than throwing them away. In this article, let’s discuss some tips to help you find your furniture a new home.
1. First, assess the condition of your furniture.
Before anything else, you must assess the condition of your furniture. If you’re selling your favourite wishbone chair, you must check that its feet are still sturdy. Often, you’ll find yourself thinking highly of the item despite its age and condition. When we assess our furniture, our emotions and attachments take over sometimes.
As a result, we price them too high or too low without justifying their condition. To avoid that mistake, you should take the time to assess your furniture thoroughly. Assess it first without considering its price, brand, and story. After that, you can rate how much you paid for it and its brand.
You can then compare your assessments and decide which is more suitable for the furniture. Being logical and realistic in your judgement will help you decide on a fair price for your item.
2. Be transparent about its issues (if there are any)
One of the downsides of secondhand item sellers is that they blur out the problems with their products. It’s as if their only goal is to sell something immediately that they skip this critical part. As a result, people who buy from them are dissatisfied. Would you be happy if you were the one in their position? I bet anyone would feel cheated on.
That’s why it’s critical to be transparent about the furniture’s issues. If you’re selling your favourite wishbone chair and notice that one of its feet is loose already, you should include that in your product disclaimer. If the chair’s cushion has stains, let them know, too.
It’s helpful and necessary to think from the potential buyers’ perspective. Keep in mind that it’s a business transaction. That means they have the right to know about the defects in the furniture that they’ll be buying.
3. Consider selling online–so you get to reach as many people as possible.
Today, many businesses are operating 100% digitally. The same goes for people looking for new homes for their old stuff. If you haven’t considered listing your furniture online, I suggest doing so. Being online will help you reach as many people as possible and communicate with them conveniently.
Today, you’ll find online applications and platforms where you can list your secondhand items easily. But of course, if you plan to set a garage sale or rent a space for your items, you’re free to do so. The thing is, it will only cost you time, effort, and money to do this.
If you have a tight budget and don’t have the luxury of preparing an area for your listings, being online is the best option you could consider.
4. Showcase your furniture through photos.
Once you decide to join an online community of secondhand sellers, it’s time for you to showcase your furniture. In today’s digital age, photos are the epitome of a good reputation that could influence people to purchase. The great news is that it is yours to take advantage of and do.
With that in mind, you should take the opportunity to highlight the best features of your old furniture. Taking one photo is not enough for you to showcase it. It would be nice if you would clean and prepare the item. But that doesn’t mean you should conceal its defects.
The purpose of showcasing your furniture through good picture-taking is to highlight its features. It is to show the parts that prove they are still in good condition. But of course, you have to include its defects in the photos, too, if any. That’s one way to attract potential buyers. You have to lay out your cards and not be tricky when secondhand selling.
5. Lastly, be ready to deal with haggles and joy reservers.
Once you finish preparing your furniture for sale, it’s time to prepare yourself for the hard part. That is to deal with different types of potential buyers. The most challenging part is dealing with unfair haggles and joy reservers.
As you list your furniture, you’ll encounter many people who seem interested in your product. Unfortunately, showing enthusiasm does not mean a sure deal. Usually, it’s the other way around. The thing is, you’ll probably encounter many people who are like this. But that’s okay. Knowing this information will help you manage your expectations realistically.
Have the patience to not lose your enthusiasm in responding to each customer’s interest. Sometimes, your sure buyer is just around the corner, waiting for your response.
Be patient and transparent when selling. Soon enough, your furniture will find its new home.
Hopefully, these tips will help you in your furniture selling journey. Sometimes, it can take a year before your item finds its new home. But as long as you are transparent and patient with your listing, the right buyers will surely knock on your door unexpectedly.
About the author:
Bianca Banda is a writer for Where Saints Go U.K., an eclectic online furniture company that provides unique, beautiful, and quality pieces of furniture at affordable prices.