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How to Make Money Selling Furniture This Spring

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Selling furniture is the perfect springtime, money making activity. When the weather heats up, it's time to scour Craigslist for some diamonds in the rough.

Ah, the birds are chirping, the snow is melting, and spring is in the air. And do you know what that means? It’s good weather to refinish and start selling furniture, people. That’s right. When it’s bright and sunny outside, it’s the perfect time to bust out the spray paint or the stain and start selling used furniture.

I’ve always loved a great spring furniture project. One of my favorites was finding two separate wrought iron patio sets on Craigslist for a total of $40. I bought happy, yellow spray paint and some cheap IKEA pillows, and once I fixed them up and enjoyed them a bit, I re-sold them on Craigslist for a $90 profit which I promptly used to pay for my groceries in cash that week. It was a powerful lesson in how easy it is to sell furniture online (it helped that I enjoyed doing the refinishing work as well).

There’s really nothing quite like the excitement of seeing something on Craigslist, pouncing on it first, begging your husband to come help you haul it home, and then busting out that paint to make a great profit.

If selling furniture sounds like a side hustle you might enjoy, here are my tips.

1. when selling furniture Go for Quality

 

Quality is really important. You don’t want to get some gross, plastic furniture hoping you can resell it and make a fortune. What you’re really looking for if you want to resell a piece of furniture is solid wood pieces or just about anything that has stood the test of time. Go for quality products too.

Buying higher quality brushes, paint, and primer will make the re-finishing process enjoyable and not frustrating. Try to go to thrift stores on their sale days, look on the side of the road in trash piles, or change up something you already own. Whatever you do, don’t skimp on the process.

2. Price it Right

 

You have to decide if you’re doing this for enjoyment and to make extra money, or if selling furniture is going to be a real, viable side business for you during the warmer months. I always took my time and enjoyed the creativity of the whole process, but now that I have kids, I put a higher price on my time. So I would only sell used furniture if it was a quick project and I got the furniture for absolutely nothing.

When my kids are older, I might be able to enlist their help but for now, I will probably only work on smaller craft projects. When you spend a lot of time on something, the tendency is to price it high, but look on Craigslist and price compare to make sure you aren’t being unreasonable.

Selling furniture is the perfect springtime, money making activity. When the weather heats up, it's time to scour Craigslist for some diamonds in the rough.

3. Make the Ad Compelling

 

Craigslist, just like any other ad, needs to be compelling. Put bright, clear pictures on your listing. Describe it well. Put measurements of your furniture in the ad, and respond to questions quickly. If you really want to sell it quickly, offer to deliver it. Say you’re flexible in price.

Really, the more customer service you offer, the more you will sell. People often view selling on Craigslist as a bother or something to do just once, but if you’re really in it to make money, then treat the whole process like a professional and you’ll get a higher price for your furniture.

Ultimately, selling furniture is a great side hustle. Not only is it fun to find diamonds in the rough, but it’s enjoyable to restore them to their former beauty. You can also make great profits and if you like the process, then it doesn’t feel like work at all. Now that the weather is getting better, it’s time to break out the sanders and get ready for some good old fashioned hard work.

 

Have you ever re-finished furniture and sold it for profit? What have you sold on Craigslist in the past that has done well? What are some creative type projects you take on to make a little extra money?

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Catherine Alford is a professional public speaker and freelance writer who covers family, finance, and freedom. Check out her blog, BudgetBlonde, and her bio at CatherineAlford.com.

15 Comments

  • This is also great because it keeps things out of the land fills. We have a couple of redone pieces of furniture in our house. My favorite is an old bankers desk chair that we refinished with bright yellow paint and a glossy finish. We actually found the chair in the trash, a neighbour was getting rid of it!

  • I helped my friend before by selling a furniture set. I only posted ads using social media, especially Facebook and it really worked! I had %10 in every furniture set that I sold.

  • Mrs. FI says:

    We plan to do this with some of our furniture this spring/summer to earn a little extra cash while getting rid of things we don’t need. Our puppy, though adorable, went to town on some of our furniture, so sanding and repainting will definitely be in order, which we’ve never done before. At least not with furniture. Hopefully it ends up being more fun than frustrating like you said and who knows, maybe it’ll be a side hustle in the future! Thanks for the advice!

  • I’ve never tried selling it, but we’ve certainly filled our house with furniture from Craigslist.

  • One of my parent’s neighbors has been “flipping” furniture for a living for about 10 years now. Summer is a crazy time of year for her. Her garage is always completely filled with pieces and she’s always refinishing new pieces. It’s definitely a plausible side hustle and, if you’re motivated enough and enjoy it enough, a potential full-time job.

  • I’ve never done the selling part, but I’ve rehabbed some furniture with a bit of paint. When I was younger, I found a cheap, faux-wood looking dresser with graffiti on it. I spent about $30 for drawer pulls and two colors of paint: one maroon for the main body, one black for the top and the drawers.

    It looked awesome, and it was cheaper than anything I could have gotten.

    A couple of years ago, I got tired of a dingy white bathroom cabinet. I painted it black, which made the funky silver handles pop more — and it broke up the all-white bathroom paint a bit.

    A dresser I’d been gifted started having handles break, and the wood was pretty beat up anyway. So I got some cool drawer pulls and black paint again. Now it looks snazzy!

  • You’re absolutely right Cat, quality is really important when you are planning to sell things especially furniture. I think, I should try selling furniture too in the future. 🙂

  • Donna says:

    Being on permanent disability I think refinishing and selling furniture may help me make ends meet….so tough these days.

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