Selling Furniture at a Yard Sale
Loved by bargain hunters, DIY’ers and vintage collectors alike, furniture is one of the most sought after items at a yard sale. Used furniture provides buyers with an opportunity to fill a need, reimagine an old piece or to reminisce about the old days. It also allows you as the seller to turn a nice profit due to the fact that it tends to be the highest priced items at a yard sale.
Below we’ll discuss some of the things you need to consider in preparing and selling your used furniture for sale. We’ll talk about what you need to do to the furniture to make it customer ready, how to display the furniture to get top dollar as well as what tools you might need to help transport the items to the new buyer’s vehicle.
Cleaning the furniture
When selling furniture at a yard sale, the first thing you are going to want to do is make sure the item cleaned. If it’s your goal to get top dollar for your furniture, you’ll want to make sure it’s clean, doesn’t have any odors and is free of stains. For durable fabrics like leather and vinyl you can use a damp cloth to freshen up the furniture. For fabric sofas you’ll want to spot treat with a laundry cleaner and warm water. As a bonus, you can spray a fabric refresher on the sofa the day of the sale to give it an extra fresh scent.
Pricing Furniture at a Yard Sale
Pricing furniture at a yard sale can be tricky. On one hand you want to get the most money you can for the piece, but you also want to make sure that you actually sell the item. One of the first things you should do is search local yard sale sites and online auctions to see what similar pieces are selling it for. This way you can get a good idea of how much you will be able to ask for. Once you know how much it’s worth you can either price it sell quickly by offering it at a lower price or price it to sell at it’s normal value.
Advertise, Advertise, Advertise!
As I mentioned earlier, furniture is one of the items that yard sale shoppers are constantly on the hunt for, so you’ll definitely want to mention the word “Furniture” on your signs and on any online yard sale advertising that you do to get more people interested in your sale.
Displaying Furniture at a Yard Sale
The best way to display furniture at a yard sale is to place it closest to the road, near the end of the driveway. Not only is the roadside furniture used to draw in passersby, but it also makes it a whole lot easier to transport the furniture to your customers vehicle if it’s already placed at the end of the driveway. As an added touch, you could also stage the furniture into quaint vignettes that would be attractive to potential buyers. Things like vases of flowers or dinnerware can be used to show off the attributes of the furniture.
Transporting the item
Once a customer has purchased an item, it’s a nice gesture for you to offer to help him or her carry it to the car. If you’ve got a furniture dolly, this is a great time to have it available. Otherwise, you may want to wrangle up a few other customers to help you and the buyer get the item in the buyer’s vehicle.