Our taste changes, we move, we get married, we want a new beginning, we break up, we get divorced, we retire, we get a new job, we evolve.
With every life change there’s always a bunch of furniture that we want to get rid of. And what do you do with all the pieces that you no longer want? The resale value of your most precious purchase goes down drastically the second it arrives in your home. I get asked this question daily from clients and friends and I feel like I never have a good answer. So I’ve tried to assemble a list that can help. And I’m hoping that you can help…. If you have a blog perhaps repost this list and add your ideas. Or add the link to this blog post to your Facebook page. I think we all need to help, and do what we can to be environmentally responsible!
If you have any great ideas or resale sites to share, PLEASE leave it in the comment section. I will add them to this blog post as soon as you do.
1. REINVENT WHAT YOU HAVE
Before you throw anything out, ask yourself if you can reinvent what you already have. Any old piece can look amazing with some paint, fabric and imagination!! This is obviously a personal favorite, as I think creating something new out of something old, gives you the best piece.
2. CRAIG’S LIST
You of course know this one. Craig’s list is perhaps better for purchasing than selling I believe, as you won’t get a lot for your good items. But it’s a great source and perhaps the most wellknown out there.
3. FIND CLEVER RESALE SITES
I was excited to find this site – www.hipswap.com. A clever company that allows you to find people selling items in your neighborhood. And they have a delivery service that picks up and delivers from buyer to seller and vice versa. Check it out! That takes the pain out of delivery and meeting with customers.
You can google and find tons of online stores that sell recycled furniture as well. If you know any fantastic sites you would like to recommend, please post!
5. ESTATE SALES
Estate sales are great if you are moving and have a large amount of items you need to sell. They can arrange a sale at your property. Or if you have fewer items they can pick them up, and sell them at an auction house. You can plug in your zip code on the Estate Sales Network website and find companies near you.
6. AUCTION HOUSES
For antiques and high end items search out good auction houses. Every city has them. They range from the big famous houses like Sotheby’s, Doyle’s in NYC to small local auction houses.
Many local auction houses have their advertised big yearly auctions, but also weekly auctions with less expensive items.
7. DONATE TO CHARITY
A large charity will pick up your items, and give you an itemized list that you can use for tax purposes.
I would love to hear from you!
If you have any great sites, organizations, local or national, or ideas I would love to add them to this blog post!
Okay…adding reader links and comments–
“Apartment Therapy launched a “Classifieds” section about a week ago, and any AT member can post a piece they no longer need or want. There are some great finds to be had there! (THANKS MEREDITH & GWYNETH!)