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Re-selling high end furniture

jskudera 1,751 154 February 1, 2013 at 05:59 AM
I guess this isn't your typical "help me find a deal" post, but I thought this was the better forum to post it in.

I have a few pieces of higher end furniture I'm trying to sell. A really nice l-shaped couch, a 7 piece dining room set and a matching china closet. The china closet itself cost about $4,000 and the dining room set about $2,500. Couch somewhere along the lines of $2,000. I'm trying to sell this stuff, but having difficulties. With the way the economy is, not a lot of people are ready and willing to dish out a lot of cash for these items.

With that being said, I posted these on Craigslist but only got two responses, both from scammers. I found a consignment store that would take the couch, but I'm not trying to go down that road. I live in central New Jersey and am wondering if anyone here has experience selling these types of items online. I don't expect to get $4,000 for the china closet, but I definitely don't want to just give it away.

I appreciate any input you may have... thanks as always

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1st thing, a $4000 china cabinet is not "high end" furniture. 2nd, if it doesn't have a high-end makers name like Stickley or National Mt Airy or the like you are never going to be able to sell is as anything accept used generic furniture.

Couches rarely get anything at all even if the are legitimate high-end furniture. Would you buy a used couch?

Anyone in the market for higher end furniture knows what is what. If they come to look at it, they will know if it is nice or crap. A lot of small furniture stores sell low-end Asian/Indonesian made mediocre furniture that may be "solid wood" but is still mediocre furniture. Just because a drawer has dove-tail joints does not make it high end.

You will be lucky to get $500 for all of it.

I assume there is no name burned into one of the drawer sides?
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Quote from dealgate View Post :
1st thing, a $4000 china cabinet is not "high end" furniture. 2nd, if it doesn't have a high-end makers name like Stickley or National Mt Airy or the like you are never going to be able to sell is as anything accept used generic furniture.

Couches rarely get anything at all even if the are legitimate high-end furniture. Would you buy a used couch?

Anyone in the market for higher end furniture knows what is what. If they come to look at it, they will know if it is nice or crap. A lot of small furniture stores sell low-end Asian/Indonesian made mediocre furniture that may be "solid wood" but is still mediocre furniture. Just because a drawer has dove-tail joints does not make it high end.

You will be lucky to get $500 for all of it.

I assume there is no name burned into one of the drawer sides?
Thanks for your feedback. Perhaps it's not "high end", but it's definitely not IKEA crap. I'm trying to determine the manufacturer, it was given to me as a gift. $500 for all 3 would be a joke. I'd burn it rather than selling for $500.
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I agree with dealgate
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Quote from jskudera View Post :
Thanks for your feedback. Perhaps it's not "high end", but it's definitely not IKEA crap. I'm trying to determine the manufacturer, it was given to me as a gift. $500 for all 3 would be a joke. I'd burn it rather than selling for $500.
You'd rather not have the furniture and have $0 than not have the furniture and have $500?
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I would try some auction houses in your area. Some will deal with general furniture and not just antiques. Plus they will probably give you a better idea of what they are worth. Some will have a buyers and/or sellers premium but might be worth it since you have gotten 0 takers on CL.

http://www.auctionzip.com/cgi-bin...Category=1

Edit: also you never mentioned brand of Furniture. Is it something you recently purchased from a place like Thomasville, which would probably be just veneered hardwood or is it something much older that would be all solid wood? If it is something older and has some blemishes you can look into places that will refinish/repair and sell it to them.
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Last edited by Raider_SPE February 1, 2013 at 11:11 AM
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I just sold a solid oak entertainment center for $200 ....was over $1300 new and was still in pristine condition....furniture has horrible resale value....if someone offers you money....take it.
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