How to Sell Furniture on Craigslist
Perhaps the familiar saying, "One man's trash is another man's treasure," could be the Craigslist mantra. The comprehensive site allows users to find anything from an engagement ring to a new boyfriend. So the next time you need to unburden yourself of an old couch, don't wait for a friend to lend you his truck. Turn to Craigslist instead, and make some extra money unloading your old furniture. Consider the guidelines below to achieve optimal success.
Things You'll Need
- Computer with Internet access
- Furniture to sell
- Digital camera
Give furniture a good cleaning. Thoroughly vacuum and spot clean couches and chairs, fluff cushions, and dust and polish tables.
Repair existing minor damage. Flaws like wobbly table legs can easily be fixed with wood glue or nails. Touch-up chipped paint on wooden pieces, and use a stain remover on visible spots.
Use a digital camera to take flattering pictures. Put some thought into how you frame the shot, and position the piece in an attractive setting. Place colorful throw pillows on an old couch and set a vase with fresh flowers atop a less than perfect table. Even if it's been sitting in the garage for the past year, the right photo will entice buyers.
List your item. On the Craigslist Web site, go to "post to classifieds" and then click "for sale/wanted" selecting the furniture category.
Create a catchy title to lure buyers in, and write a dazzling description that includes color, condition and dimensions of the item. If the furniture needs major work, call it a fun project. Appeal to a buyer's creative spirit by talking up the piece's potential.
Tips & Warnings
- Always include a photo in your listing.
- Don't post your phone number unless you want to be bombarded with calls.
- List a reasonable asking price followed by OBO (or best offer) to indicate that the price is negotiable.
- Maintain your posting. Refresh the listing every couple of days to keep it current among newer listings.