How to sell used & antique furniture for cash

So … you’ve watched Antique Road Show or Design on a Dime and think you’re literally sitting on a fortune?

Or you’re finally ready to sell (or let go of) some larger pieces of furniture and you don’t know where to start?

There are many online options beyond Craigslist and eBay that you can use to turn that old sofa or dresser into some fresh cash.

One of these online options will be the right fit, depending on the quality and quantity of items you have. While you can occasionally find higher end furniture and furnishings on most of these sites, designers typically use:

1st Dibs


for serious stuff.

The rest of these sites offer a wider range of items at various price points, so it’s a good idea to do a quick search for items similar to yours and see what results you get:

Everything But the House


Modern Design

Offer Up


If you just want it all to go and go quickly, consider Every Thing Goes on Staten Island. They are committed to keeping things OUT of landfill and will make a single-price offer on the lot.

NOTE: Some police departments have begun setting up a designated area outside their stations so people can meet there to transact deals set up online. A great idea for everything but the biggest of items.

To find a reputable auction house, you can search The National Antique and Art Dealers Association of America’s site ( and the Antiques Dealers Association of America ( to find registered dealers. If your results are thin, consider that some states have their own dealers associations, so search there also.

If you don’t already know the best local consignment and thrift stores in your area, check out, the National Association of Resale and Thrift Shops. Just enter your zip code or city and the site will generate a list for you.

If you’ve decided that selling is too much of a hassle or not worth your time, consider donating your stuff to a worthy cause. Here in NYC, my preferred charity is:

Materials for the Arts

for anything that could be reused including art supplies, tools, fabric, yarn, string, wire and housewares. Almost anything can be converted into something unique and often beautiful in the hands of a child and/or artist.

For nicer things that still have utility and value, I also love Housing They have a great mission and depending on the piece, will often pick up furniture free.

HOUSEWARES is a site that deals in pre-owned luxury items. While their mainstay is jewelry and fashion, they do have a home furnishings section.

If we’ve missed a great resource, please share your tip in the comments section. We’d love to know where else things can go to have another life.

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10 thoughts on “How to sell used & antique furniture for cash”

  1. My wife has actually started doing this with a lot of the furniture, books, and other random accessories that her mother has in storage.

    Basically the stuff has been sitting for years so better to try and sell it rather than just letting it continue to collect dust.

    This is actually a good way to make a little extra cash and i’ve happened to meet a few people doing for a full time living too (flipping antiques specifically).

    One great tip if you want to take it to the next level is to visit thrift shops and consignment stores in higher end neighborhoods – you can really find some quality stuff there!

    1. Thanks for the feedback and suggestion.

      Of course, if you ARE going to try to flip antiques, you want to make sure you have enough room to store them while waiting to sell them … and be clear about your time and expected profit margin.

      As a business, this might be great. As a hobby, you may not make enough money to merit the time involved, especially if you have other things you’re putting off that you’ve already committed yourself to.

  2. I have very good antique pieces but live in an area of CA where there are no dealers or appraisers. Most pieces are in excess of 100 years. I am a widow and my children are not interested. They need to go where they will be appreciated Have you any suggestions for me. I do not really like e-bay or Craig’s list. Thank you

  3. I have to downsize. I want to sell my 1952 RWAY bedroom set. King Bed frame, 2 night tables. triple dresser with mirror, chest of drawers. I live in NW New Jersey. Who can I call or write?

  4. I have a vintage piece. It was made by “KARGES” it I’d a Venetian Secretartv Model 660 in Excellent condition. This has been in my family for a long time. It is in remarkable condition. 4026465253

  5. Lori Rheubottom

    Several antique pieces to sadly part with. In the Maryland area. Where does one start? Mother has a house full.

  6. I have a matching set of 10 walnut armed leather seat dining room chairs, an abusson carpet, a Sheridan style buffet console, and a beautiful French queen headboard and foot board cream touched with blue edge all used but in perfect condition . Where can I sell these besides Craig list. A bit challenging during covid as well. I need to make room! I have photos of all

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