I can’t count the number of times we’ve moved.
My family and I have moved across town, the state, and the country. The one thing all of our moves had in common is this: we wanted to sell a bunch of furniture before leaving. We’ve had to sell our furniture for a variety of reasons.
Some pieces wouldn’t fit in the new place. Other items weren’t worth the cost or trouble of moving them, and some we didn’t need or didn’t want anymore.
Whatever your reason for wanting to sell your furniture, online marketplaces make it much easier to find a buyer. While there is no single best app or website for selling furniture, a handful can help you sell used furniture from your phone without too much friction. Here are twelve places you can go to sell your gently used furniture.
If you have high-quality pieces or items you know have lasting value, you might find Chairish the best app for selling furniture. Not every item that gets submitted makes it onto the platform, though—the team of experts at Chairish picks which pieces of furniture get listed.
Buyers expect quality used furniture because every piece sold via their marketplace is curated. You will find furniture at different prices, but none is junk. A lot of it is designer pre-owned furniture.
Their commission ranges from 20 to 30 percent of the sale price. They do not have an Android app, but their iOS app is popular with buyers and sellers.
2. Apartment Therapy Bazaar
Apartment Therapy is a home decor and design blog that helps its readers beautify their apartments. They’ve opened an online secondhand shop specializing in furniture, home furnishings, and decor items called Apartment Therapy Bazaar.
The companion app is available for both iOS and Android. Adding a new listing and managing your existing listings can all be done through their app.
OfferUp is a vast mobile marketplace where people buy and sell all items, including furniture. You have the option to sell locally or offer to ship.
Creating a listing with the OfferUp app is pretty smooth. You can take a picture of your item or choose a photo you already have on your phone. It only takes a few minutes to upload your photos, then type in the title and details.
The app is available in the App Store and on Google Play. There is a messaging system for communicating with buyers. You can also use the app to find a meeting location and coordinate an exchange.
Many people think of eBay first when selling something online or buying something secondhand for cheap. eBay has long been the leader in buying and selling almost anything from cars to clothes. If a product exists, you can probably find it on eBay.
A bid-centric buying and selling site like eBay will require more time to list your item for sale, answer questions, and monitor your auction. You can set a Buy It Now price, which might attract a buyer looking to make a quick purchase.
Creating a single listing via the app isn’t too bad, but the listing process can be cumbersome if you have many items to sell. eBay might not be the best option for selling a bulky item, as shipping could be a hassle.
Text-based online classified sites and online marketplaces have been around forever. Everyone likes to make fun of how their site looks, but it’s a solid selling choice whether you want to sell everyday common items, designer items, a vintage piece, or an expensive piece. All types of buyers flock to Craigslist.
The mobile app makes it easy to upload photos and create an ad. Communication with interested potential buyers through the app isn’t that great, but with their vast audience, it might be worth your time if you want to sell your furniture locally.
6. Facebook Marketplace
Facebook is, first and foremost, a social media platform with millions of active users. But with Facebook Marketplace, you can sell the kinds of furniture items you’d have difficulty moving on some of the other apps, like baby items and everyday pieces you find at stores like Ikea or Pottery Barn. Of course, you can also sell higher-end stuff or quality office furniture.
The selling process for secondhand pieces is straightforward on the Facebook app. You can post an item for sale and have local buyers contact you within hours. If you use Facebook a lot, Facebook Marketplace could be a good option as you could reach out to your friends and sell your items quickly to someone you know.
If finding a nearby buyer is your top priority, look at 5miles. 5miles ensures that the people you’re selling to are local by using your phone’s GPS. Another cool app feature is video listing, which lets you showcase your furniture pieces with video instead of photos.
The site vets buyers and sellers to make selling furniture to strangers safer and less stressful. There’s also a safe location tool that pinpoints an area where you can comfortably complete a transaction.
5miles might be a good fit if you live in a well-populated area and are looking for a neighborhood-centric selling app.
8. Everything but the House
Everything But The House is an online furniture marketplace and auction site with a loyal following. Getting started is easy. Just hit their seller page, answer a few questions, upload your photos, and they’ll be in touch.
The EBTH team will appraise your pieces, write a description for you, and auction the item through their website. Once your items sell, you’ll get your cut of the sale.
Their commission is based on the final selling price of the item. It varies from 20 percent for items over $1,000 to 50 percent for items selling between $60 and $150. It’s not worth selling anything worth less than $60 as their commission on low-priced items is akin to you donating them.
9. Sotheby’s Home
You might know Sotheby’s as the world-famous auction house that handles auctions for fine art, jewels, and rare wines, among other wildly expensive collectibles. What you might not know is the company also operates an online auction site where you can sell your furniture.
Sotheby’s Home is an online consignment shop specializing in vintage, big-ticket, or authentic, high-quality items. Before you can post an item for sale, you’ll send photos and details about the item to the specialists at Sotheby’s. They’ll review your submission and then let you know within seven business days if they can sell your piece for you.
If you think Etsy is only for selling handmade gifts, wall art, and crafts, give the site another look. You don’t have to actually make furniture to sell furniture on Etsy. There is plenty of secondhand furniture for sale on Etsy.
Etsy is an excellent place to sell vintage furniture and handmade pieces. If your item is unique or reflects an unusual furniture style, Etsy could be the right place to find a potential buyer.
Most users who buy things through Etsy are looking for unique items. Try Etsy if you have a piece that would appeal to a retro furniture enthusiast or a collector looking for one-of-a-kind items.
There’s more to Poshmark than designer clothes. It is primarily a marketplace for fashion and accessories, but the app is branching out of late, as evidenced by its Home Goods marketplace.
The Home Goods bit is not the app’s most well-known feature. I don’t think people think of it first when looking for a good deal on a furniture purchase, but it’s there.
For now, the Home Goods section is mostly decor. If you look at the furniture page, you’ll see items at all different price points.
If you’re already selling on Poshmark, check it out. Poshmark has millions of users with money to spend, but the percentage of users looking to buy furniture is probably not very high. However, if you already have a large following with a good rating, you might list your items for sale and find someone to buy your furniture relatively easily.
Kaiyo is available in Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. They might be for you if you want your furniture out of your house. They’ll come to pick up your items, sell them for you, then send you your payment.
You’re not in control of pricing, as Kaiyo takes care of that and everything else for you. You get between 10 and 60 percent of the sale price. The higher the final sale price, the lower their commission rate.
If their commission structure seems like a fair price for a completely hands-off selling experience and getting rid of unwanted items, a larger item or two, or a piece of furniture you don’t want to deal with, Kaiyo is worth considering. You won’t get top dollar, but you will minimize your headaches.