Thursday, September 1, 2011

Sold Some Furniture

I read about a lot of bloggers finding furniture on Craig’s List to make over.  I haven’t bought anything myself, but I recently sold a few pieces due to our move.  You don’t always get what you are asking for, but sometimes it’s either accept it or get nothing!


I am, basically, satisfied with what I sold these pieces for and they are now out of the way.


Two years ago I sold my first pieces on Craig’s List.  Two Queen Anne chairs I bought as a pair from JC Penney.  When they sold, I then put my son’s old computer desk up and that sold as well.  So far, each item I’ve listed has been sold. 


While I am by no means an expert, I thought I’d tell you what I do when I list on Craig’s List.

  • I take pictures of the furniture.  I try for three so I can show different angles.
  • I decide on what I want to get for the piece and add to it, knowing that negotiating will be going on.
  • When I list the piece I put “asking $X.XX”, this way people know I am flexible.
  • I measure the piece and list that information as well as the condition of the piece.
  • I use the anonymous feature for email.
  • If someone is coming to your house to see what you are selling, it is always a good idea to make sure someone else is at home with you.

 Happy listing!



DIYbyDesign said...

Good advice. I just bought a desk and a dresser on Craigslist today. I am picking it up in the morning. Always makes me nervous picking it up, but I always have someone go with me. Good advice on the selling.

Red Door Home said...

Glad to see you had a good experience with Craigs List. While I have bought a few things, i have only listed one. I would have to give it mixed reviews as I received several inquiries from obvious scammers. Another option for safety is to meet somewhere in a public place (assuming the pieces you are selling can fir in your car) - like a convenience store, etc.

Sonny G said...

Those are the same things I do when I sell pieces Kathy..
its good you are moving things out of the way and making room for new stuff in your pretty condo..

Unknown said...

Kathy, I somehow missed the post about your moving! What a fun way to clean and organize to your heart's content. I loved your comment on my post. I do think we are very similar. What a couple of MIL's! Loved your make-over rocker! Always, Elizabeth

Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

I have always wanted to try selling something on Craigs list....thanks for the advice!

Karena said...

Woo hoo Kathy great job!! I think a lot of people use Craigs List. Your tips are great!

Art by Karena

Brenda Pruitt said...

I must have missed about your moving too! It must be in the water! These are great ideas, by the way.

BECKY said...

Great info, Kathy! I've never sold anything on there, but would definitely consider it for my large items!! Thanks for the pointers!!

Have a delightful holiday weekend!!

KimMalk said...

Wow, it must feel great to downsize and get some cash to boot. You are so fortunate everything sold. I only listed once (so far) and the items didn't sell :(. I'm with you on photos and measurements. I made a free listing in July and got at least 30 inquiries--first come, first served on that one.

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Good job and great advice. I have a few pieces that I want to sell, so this was helpful. Thanks. Hugs, Marty

Angie@Echoes of Laughter said...

Great tips Kathy! I have some things I need to sell, but I have never used Craig's list perfect timing! Have a wonderful weekend! Angie xo

paula said...

good tips Kathy! I never thought of make sure someone is home with you. I've sold one thing on there a couple of years ago and was happy with it...I should try again cuz I could use a good cleanout around here!

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