March 27, 2012

Looking ahead to Garage Sale Season - Look for Retro!

Garage sale season is almost here!

I wanted to post about looking for retro furniture items to re-sell.

This particular set of chairs my mom actually found at a Goodwill for a steal and resold them on Craigslist, making a profit!
We were both amazed at the response, and felt she could have made even more of a profit off of them.

Look out for items that are in great shape that you could either re-do or that are sale ready (even better).
Craigslist is a great option to sell furniture on. I also believe that your profit is bigger if you put the item on Craigslist, rather than a garage sale.

When I am making a Craigslist deal, I almost always set up a public location to meet and never give out my cell phone for safety reasons. Be extra careful and beware of spammers.

Here is a another dresser that she had purchased, with intentions of re-furbishing it, but ended up not having room for it in their new house.

She is currently selling it on Craigslist here:

I can see a lot of options with this one!

Keep your eye out for furniture that can be painted easily when you are going to your next sale, it might just pay for itself, and more!

Checklist while looking at furniture:

1-Is it one-of-a-kind? Odds are, just like the chairs above, if you find an item that is something out of the ordinary, it will sell itself easily. Look past those dime-a-dozen items.

2-If it has a function (such as a lamp), does it work like it should?

3-What kind of damage does it have? 

4-Can the damaged surfaces be sanded or re-done?

5-Look through every part of the furniture, legs, drawers, and even underneath it before you buy.

6-Make them a deal! If it is at a garage sale, the owner probably wants it gone that day! I've gotten a lot of things for free by going at the end of the sale.

7-If you are going to re-sell the item, will you end up making a profit after you have re-furbished it after the price of the item and the price of the materials you will use? Make sure it is going to be worth it.

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