5 Ways to Get Rid of Your Furniture When It's Not Selling
Whether you're downsizing, moving across the country, or simply want all new furnishings for your new place, selling your old furniture is not always as easy as you'd hope. You figure you will just list it on Craigslist and someone will jump on it, but sometimes, you need to exert just a little more effort. Below are some sources that will improve your odds of selling before moving day.
Okay, chances are, you already have your furniture listed on Craigslist. But, if you're not getting any bites, you might just need to tweak your ad a little. Instead of saying "$250 for White Bedroom Set," set something like "$250 for White Bedroom Set - Price Negotiable" or "$250 for White Bedroom Set - Everything Must Go" instead. This implies you may be flexible in the price. Make sure you have quality photos that showcase the furniture in the best light.
It may be hard to believe, but Craigslist isn't your only outlet for selling furniture. Most people think of eBay as being an auction site where you ship sold merchandise to buyers. But, there's also an eBay Classifieds site that allows you to sell in your local area. Depending on where you live, you may have other similar site options, as well. For example, if you're in the New York area, you will want to check out AptDeco. Canadian residents can use Kijiji.
No matter where you live, there's likely at least one consignment shop in your area. If you live in a moderate to heavily populated city, you probably have dozens near you that you don't even know about. Some have massive, warehouse-size showrooms and will be willing to pick up your furniture to resell. You may even want to call a few and see if they currently have any buyers looking for items you're hoping to get rid of.
Although you won't get any cash to offset moving expenses with this option, there are some benefits to donating your furniture. First, it just makes you feel good! Second, you'll receive a receipt for the value of the furniture. Put that receipt somewhere safe, and you'll be able to claim the deduction next tax season. So, it won't earn you any money now, but it will either put a little cash in your pocket when you get your next cash refund, or reduce the amount that you have to pay out-of-pocket, if you typically owe.
If you have a lot of furniture to sell, have a yard sale. This may inspire you to go ahead and sell some of those clothes and shoes you never wear, too. If you have a lot of stuff to sell, plan on having a yard sale every Saturday in the weeks leading up to your move.