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For the April issue of HGTV Magazine, we rescued, rehabbed, and resold five pieces of used furniture. Some items went flying off the online shelves, while others required a little more negotiating and patience. We learned that making money off redos can get tricky, but there are key strategies that can help. Read on for our secrets to selling success, and take a look at our before and afters here.

Sheffield Vintage banner
Come up with a cute name
All sites require a seller ID—give yours a catchy name and logo to draw more attention. We called ours The Sheffield Vintage and created a logo that conjured up the stylish, DIY look we wanted.

Sell on more than one site
Expand your reach by setting up shop in multiple places. We posted all of our projects
on online marketplaces ebay.com, etsy.com, and furnishly.com (a Craigslist-style site for furniture). Or go offline and try local flea markets.

Price it right
Look up what sellers with products similar to yours are charging. Listing your items too high could get you passed over.

Be very descriptive
When providing info about your products, offer plenty of details, including dimensions, finishes, and materials. If you don’t tell potential buyers up front, they’ll ask later or just move on.

Post at least five pics
And make them good! That means clear, well-lit photos with plain backdrops and different angles, including close-ups.

Be patient
It can take months to make your first sale. Some of our items didn’t move for what felt like ages. We used that time to tweak our listings to attract more buyers, and we eventually sold everything we rescued!

Originally appeared in the April 2013 issue of HGTV Magazine.

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17 Responses

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  2. Michelle says:

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  3. Michelle says:

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  4. Maria says:

    Thanks for sharing the before and after pics…cute stuff! And thanks for the tips…I haven't attempted to sell any my upcycled furniture yet…I keep putting it all in my house LOL but I'm going to try it very soon :)

  5. Kevin says:

    Thank you for such a helpful and collectible post.Selling something is an art in itself(I am saying this because I have gone through your 'before and after pics').

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  9. Alice says:

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  10. Grifin says:

    In furniture business profit is Maximum and the tax paid is also maximum. In furniture selling or purchase both input and output tax added. Furniture available in market is may be wooden material or any metal. As forest are limited wood furniture quantity is low than metal furniture in market. We can resell the furniture if it is in good condition, re manufacturing of furniture also takes place. For it many re manufacture industries are establish in our country.

  11. In furnishings company benefit is Highest possible and the tax compensated is also maximum. In furnishings promoting or buy both feedback and outcome tax included. Furniture available in industry is may be wood made content or any steel.

  12. Thank you for such a supportive and collectible article. Well written article and useful tips on selling furniture.

  13. Interesting article to read. It is very well written and worthy tips to follow if you looking to sell furniture pieces. It should be noted here that tax paid is minimum and profit earned is maximum in the furniture business.

  14. reychel says:

    That is how they had to know might as fo the reselling and all for the furnitures.


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  16. hankfracas says:

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  17. Meagan S. says:

    Our old grandparents house has a huge collection of old furniture, and we are planning to sell them. They are still in good condition. Thanks for your post for giving me ideas.

Alyssa SparacinoAlyssa is the Online Editor for HGTV Magazine. She lives in a cozy brownstone apartment in Hoboken with (she likes to think) tons of charm. The older building provides character...


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