9 Tips for Selling Your Furniture Online (and Make Some Cash on the Side)

Name-brand furniture does best. “The stronger the furniture brand, the stronger the appeal,” Gersh says. “Some of our top-selling furniture is from Herman Miller, Knoll, Cassina, Cappellini, and Roche Bobois. Modern and transitional styles attract the most interest from our buyers, too.”

Be honest about the condition of the piece. “There’s no upside to over-inflating the condition of the item,” Brockway adds. “An accurate description that describes the condition of the item and detailed images will increase your odds of a successful sale.”

Take great photos. “We always tell our sellers to take high-quality photos with good lighting,” Brockway notes. “For photos, you don’t necessarily need a DSLR camera, because your iPhone can take great photos. How you set up the shots can affect the outcome, so think about the lighting, background, and angles before shooting. Take one really great photo of the item from the front, and don’t cut off any legs or arms. Then capture the details, even the dings or blemishes, so potential buyers clearly understand the condition of the piece. We recommend up to five photos per item, and the more photos and info you can provide, the better. Buyers will feel much more confident buying from you if you’re transparent about the item’s condition.”

Write a thorough description. “Include as many details as possible,” Brockway continues. “It is also helpful to format the description with correct grammar and punctuation so that the first impression of your item to the shopper is clear and professional. You should also add keywords to your description because all keywords are searchable on our site and on search engines. For an added benefit, consider sharing how you came across the piece if there’s a good story behind it, and how the future buyer could use the item in his or her home.”

Offer the value of the piece. “Do your research on pricing and find out whether your item’s price reflects what it’s worth,” Brockway adds. “Pay attention to what makes the piece unique, like a specific maker. If you know what you have, you may be able to sell the item at a higher price point.”

Let any seller’s remorse go. “While it’s always hard to let go of items that have been a part of your life, there is nothing better than freeing up some space and removing an item you no longer need or replacing a piece of furniture with one that will breathe new life into your home,” Gersh notes. “Plus, cash from the sale of your item always helps, and our items usually sell in about 30 days.”