Where to Sell Used Furniture: 10+ Local and Online Options

While there are no chain stores where you can sell your used furniture, there are several places to sell used furniture locally and online. These include estate sales, consignment shops, antique shops, and peer-to-peer marketplaces. Below, we’ve compiled a list of places (both physical and online) where you can sell used furniture.

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The best place to sell your furniture in-person is usually a consignment shop. Consignment shops let you keep up to about 60% of the item’s resale value. Unlike estate sales, consignment shops also allow you to choose individual furniture items to sell rather than selling the entire contents of a home.

However, in general, online peer-to-peer marketplaces are the best places to sell your furniture. While this option requires more effort on your part since you’ll need to list the items and arrange the sales yourself, you will also keep all of the profits, can set your own price, and may be able to avoid listing fees depending on which peer-to-peer selling platform you choose. Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace, letgo, and OfferUp do not charge listing fees for sellers. Peer-to-peer marketplaces also allow you the flexibility to negotiate pick-up or shipping for large or heavy items.

Note that there are risks to using peer-to-peer marketplaces; you should meet your buyer in a public place, if possible, and make sure the buyer’s form of payment is legitimate before accepting it. (If you find a buyer that would like to pay by money order, see our research on how to verify a money order.)

Comparison Table: Places to Sell Used Furniture

In the table below, you’ll find details of the different ways to sell used furniture. You can compare your options based on whether you can arrange for someone to pick up the furniture from your home, how much of the profits you’ll keep, and where these options are typically available (urban, suburban, or rural communities or nationwide).

We compiled this information by contacting customer service representatives and viewing online policy documentation. Click on the place name within the table for more details about each option, or scroll to the list below.

Place In-person or online? Pick-up available? Compensation Accessibility
Estate Sales In-person No 70% to 75% of the estate sale company's sale price Major cities and suburbs
Consignment Shops In-person Varies by location Varies by location; up to 60% of the sale price Major cities and suburbs
Antique Stores In-person Varies by location; usually no Varies by location Cities, suburbs, and rural areas
Pawn Shops In-person Varies by location; usually no Varies by location; usually about 50% of the sale price Major cities and suburbs
Thrift Stores In-person Varies by location None; by donation only Cities, suburbs, and rural areas
Chairish Online Varies by transaction; local pick-up or delivery and shipping available Around 70% of the sale price; no listing fees Nationwide
Craigslist Online Varies by transaction Set by seller; no listing fees Nationwide
Facebook Marketplace Online Varies by transaction Set by seller; no listing fees Nationwide
eBay Online Varies by transaction; local pick-up option available Set by seller; eBay charges listing fees up to $6 per item Nationwide
Etsy Online Varies by shipping method Set by seller; Etsy charges listing fees of $0.20 per item plus 3.5% of the sale price Nationwide
letgo Online Varies by transaction Set by seller; no listing fees Nationwide
OfferUp Online Varies by transaction Set by seller; no listing fees Nationwide
Sotheby's Home Online White-glove shipping available for large items Up to 60% of the resale price Most states

Places to Sell Used Furniture Locally

Consignment Shops

  • How it works: For a fee, consignment shops will hold and sell your furniture (and other items such as rugs, artwork, and home decor). Depending on the consignment shop’s policies, it may either pay you money upfront or pay you after the piece sells.
  • Pick-up options: Varies by shop; check with the consignment shop you’re working with if you require pick-up for your furniture.
  • Compensation: Consignment shops may charge an upfront fee as well as a percentage of the final sale price. For example, The Ivy Cottage (Wilmington, NC) takes a 40% cut of an item’s price once it sells.
  • Accessibility: Most major cities and suburbs are home to a variety of consignment shops.
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Antique Stores

  • How it works: Antique stores find inventory from estate sales, garage sales, auctions, flea markets, and other similar venues. Most stores are willing to buy furniture and other pieces from individual sellers as well.
  • Pick-up options: Most antique stores will not pick up items from sellers.
  • Compensation: Varies by location. If you’re selling to an antique store, remember that the store intends to re-sell your item for a profit, so the price may be lower than what you would get if you sold directly to a consumer.
  • Accessibility: Many times, antique stores can be found in clusters or within antique malls. Antique stores are easily accessible to those in major cities and suburbs, as well as in many rural areas.
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Estate Sale Companies

  • How it works: An estate sale is similar to a garage sale, except that instead of a few select items, all of the possessions in the home are sold. Estate sales are usually held after a person dies, declares bankruptcy, or goes through a divorce.
  • Pick-up options: Most estate sale companies will hold the sale in the home of the deceased/bankrupt/divorced person, so no pick-up is necessary — buyers will come in, buy the items they want, and walk out with their purchase.
  • Compensation: Estate sale companies generally keep between 25% and 35% of the total profits, meaning you’ll keep 70% to 75%.
  • Accessibility: Estate sales can be found in most major cities and surrounding areas and are readily accessible to new customers or clients.
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Pawn Shops

  • How it works: Customers bring in items to sell, and pawn shops will give a cash offer for the item(s). Note that for many pawn shops, this payment is technically a loan; if your item doesn’t sell within a set period, you’ll be expected to pick it up from the store and pay back the money you initially received, with interest.
  • Pick-up options: Most pawn shops don’t offer pick-up; you will generally be responsible for bringing your items to the pawn shop to sell.
  • Compensation: Most pawn shops offer to pay about half of the expected sale price of the item.
  • Accessibility: Pawn shops can be widely found in metropolitan areas.
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Places to Sell Used Furniture Online

Facebook Marketplace

  • How it works: Facebook Marketplace is similar to Craiglist but requires a Facebook account. You can create listings for many types of items, including photographs and descriptions. Potential buyers will message you directly through the Marketplace with any questions or offers.
  • Pick-up options: Similar to a garage sale or a Craigslist ad, pick-up or delivery will completely depend on negotiation between the seller and buyer.
  • Compensation: You will set your own price and negotiate with the buyer directly, keeping 100% of the profits.
  • Accessibility: Nationwide
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letgo

  • How it works: Use the letgo website or app to list your items. Local buyers will be able to find your items and message you through letgo to purchase them.
  • Pick-up options: Negotiated between buyer and seller
  • Compensation: You set the price, and listings are free.
  • Accessibility: Nationwide
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OfferUp

  • How it works: This site (and accompanying app) is essentially a forum for online classified listings. Snap a picture of what you want to sell, upload it to OfferUp, and chat instantly with prospective buyers through OfferUp’s messaging app.
  • Pick-up options: Delivery and pick-up are worked out between the buyer and the seller, so it is important to get as much information as possible to ensure that the sale works out for both parties.
  • Compensation: You set the item price. OfferUp does not charge listing fees to its sellers.
  • Accessibility: Nationwide
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Craigslist

  • How it works: Craigslist is a free online platform to list classified ads for a wide variety of items, including furniture. One of the most popular online classified sites, Craigslist draws a huge amount of traffic and offers numerous options for sellers.
  • Pick-up options: Delivery and pick-up are worked out between the buyer and the seller, so it is important to get as much information as possible to ensure that the sale works out for both parties.
  • Compensation: You set the sale price, and it’s free to post a listing on Craigslist.
  • Accessibility: Nationwide
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Chairish

  • How it works: List your items online (listings are free); when a buyer chooses your item, Chairish will help you organize shipping or delivery. Buyers have a 48-hour return window, after which you’ll receive payment for the item.
  • Pick-up options: Vary by transaction; Chairish will help you coordinate pick-up, delivery, or shipping after the item sells.
  • Compensation: You’ll keep about 70% of the item’s sale price, which Chairish will pay to you via PayPal.
  • Accessibility: Nationwide
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eBay

  • How it works: eBay is an online auction marketplace where consumers can bid on a variety of items, including furniture. If you wish to sell an item on the site, you’ll need to set up an eBay account.
  • Pick-up options: If you’re selling a large item that would be costly to ship, you can list the item as “local pick-up only.”
  • Compensation: eBay may charge a listing fee when you put an item up for sale. Fees vary by listing and range up to 12% of the selling price.
  • Accessibility: Nationwide
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Etsy

  • How it works: Both buyers and sellers will need to create an account to use the site. For a fee, you can list items for sale on the Etsy website. Though Etsy is known for handmade goods, many vendors on Etsy offer a variety of small furniture items and household goods that are either handmade or vintage/antique.
  • Pick-up options: Etsy guarantees delivery for all items. The buyer generally covers shipping costs. You may be able to arrange pick-up with the shipping carrier.
  • Compensation: Etsy charges sellers a flat listing fee of $0.20 per item plus 3.5% of the final sale price.
  • Accessibility: Nationwide
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Sotheby’s Home

  • How it works: Use the Sotheby’s Home online form to submit the items you want to sell. If Sotheby’s Home is interested in your items, you will set up a free consultation with a Consignment Liaison. Sotheby’s Home will then list your items and pay you after they sell. Note that Sotheby’s Home accepts new, nearly-new, and vintage luxury items.
  • Pick-up options: Sotheby’s Home will arrange white-glove shipping for large furniture items.
  • Compensation: You will keep up to 60% of the sale price once Sotheby’s Home sells your item. There is no listing fee.
  • Accessibility: Most states
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Check out our list of used furniture stores and consignment shops for even more places. Or, if you’re looking to clean out a house, see our list of companies that buy the contents of houses.

Alternative: Used Furniture Donation

If you’re unable to sell your furniture or want to give back to your community, you may consider donation as an alternative to selling your furniture.

  • How it works: Thrift stores accept donations from customers and offer a tax-deductible receipt for the value of the donation. These items are then sold at deeply discounted prices.
  • Pick-up options: Some national thrift stores, including The Salvation Army, do offer pick-up for large items being donated.
  • Compensation: Typically, thrift stores only accept donations and will not pay to take your furniture off your hands.
  • Accessibility: Thrift stores can be found in both urban and rural areas and often support local non-profit organizations.
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For more information about used furniture stores, see our list of places where you can buy used furniture.

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  • I’ve had great success with Facebook Marketplace and their community-based buy/sell/trade groups. Listing sale items is easy and provides you with a large, local audience. Plus, you’re able to view the Facebook profile of the person buying your item, so you have some familiarity before they arrive for pick-up.