Best apps and sites for selling used home goods

Sometimes you just want to let some things go.

Or scoring a bargain on something you actually want

When it comes to buying and selling used stuff on the internet,
eBay and Craigslist probably come to mind immediately. But in the
age of shiny websites and apps galore, there are more options than
ever to help you score a bargain or offload used goods around the
house, from decor and kitchenware to appliances and furniture.

We searched high and low to identify the most promising
platforms for buying and selling old furniture and home goods. Some
are turnkey services that will handle pick up and delivery. Others
leave you to make arrangements with buyers or sellers directly—be
sure to exercise caution in these cases. Here they are listed by
alphabetical order (after numbers).

1stdibs

A go-to marketplace for luxury antique and vintage finds,
1stdibs is where you can nab rare home furnishings designed by the
likes of
Gio Ponti
,
George Nakashima
, and
Aino Alto
. The site only allows vetted, professional sellers to
list items for sale.


iOS

5miles

Like a streamlined, Pinterest-fied Craigslist, this
mobile-focused service lets you buy and sell locally using your
phone’s GPS location. Sellers snap a picture and enter a
description to get started. Buyers can inquire with sellers through
an in-app messaging system or buy instantly. The app recommends
“safe, monitored areas” for exchanging goods in person.


iOS
and
Android

Amazon
Seller Central

Yes, you can sell your stuff on Amazon. While individual sellers
have to pay fees for each item sold, the big pro here is the
opportunity to reach millions of customers already comfortable with
buying through Amazon.


iOS
and
Android

Apartment
Therapy Marketplace

Sell used or “like new” home decor on a platform geared
toward design-minded folks. Sellers get a splashy profile page and
communicate with buyers through an internal messaging system. Both
iPhone and Android apps exist, but beware, they’re not well
rated.


iOS
and
Android

AptDeco

Currently serving the New York City metro area and launching
soon in Philadelphia and Boston, AptDeco lists preloved furniture
and decor from popular contemporary brands like West Elm, CB2, and
Design Within Reach. It’s free to sell, but AptDeco deducts a
fixed rate for each sale. Part of the appeal here is the pick up
and delivery service (plus assembly/disassembly when applicable),
offered at $35 for small items and up to $119 for extra large items
like wardrobes and bedroom sets.

Chairish

Targeting design lovers, Chairish is not just about preloved
chairs (you can also find rugs, lighting, dining tables, and more).
The company approves and touches up the listing for each item,
handles shipping details, and pays the seller at least 80 percent
of the final sale price. For most products, buyers can make offers
valued at at least 50 percent of the listing price, so there’s
some room for negotiation.


iOS

Craigslist

You know the drill: Post an item, wait for replies, tread
carefully. And if you’re buying: Check back often, and make use
of the basic but helpful filters for price, location, condition,
and posts with images.

eBay

This is no longer the internet 1.0 auction house eBay. Plenty of
sellers nowadays list goods, even brand-new products, at a fixed
price as “Buy It Now” items. Auctions are of course still an
option if that’s more your thing.


iOS
and
Android

EBTH

If you have quite a few “unique and high-quality items” to
part ways with, consigning with EBTH (that is Everything But The
House) could be an easy way to go. The end-to-end service, which
takes a cut of the final sale price based on a sliding scale
commission, will take care of everything from authenticating and
photographing items to running the week-long online auction to
handling shipping and delivery. Prospective bidders on EBTH should
pay attention to fulfillment details like special pickup
instructions and shipping quotes.


iOS

Facebook
Marketplace

Buy, sell, or give away home items in your local community right
within the veteran social network. Buyers and sellers use direct
messaging to figure out details like final price and pick
up/delivery. Note that Nextdoor, a neighborhood-based social
network, also has a marketplace baked in.


iOS
and
Android

Letgo

One of the biggest “local buy and sell” apps around, letgo
uses image recognition technology to automatically generate a title
for your item and categorize it.


iOS
and
Android

Mercari

Feeling iffy about meeting up with strangers? Everything on
Mercari is shipped (the seller gets a printable shipping label) and
a flat 10 percent selling fee is charged for each completed
sale.


iOS
and
Android

OfferUp

Millions of people use OfferUp and with that comes more eyeballs
on your listings. The app has an internal messaging system and
sellers get a profile page with ratings.


iOS
and
Android

Shpock

Short for “shop in your pocket”, Shpock is another
location-driven online flea market app. You can use Paypal to
complete transactions instantly within the app.


iOS
and
Android

Sotheby’s Home

Formerly known as Viyet, Sotheby’s Home is similar to 1stDibs
in its focus on high-end furnishings—brands like Ikea, Pottery
Barn, and West Elm are not allowed! However, it’s more friendly
to private sellers, though there’s a long list of stipulations
to read through.

VarageSale

This “virtual garage sale” platform is a bit more guarded:
The VarageSale team manually reviews new members to verify their
identity before they can buy or sell. Users can search for items by
location or join local “buy and sell” groups.


iOS
and
Android

Wallapop

Billed as a “flea market or yard sale in your pocket,” this
app-only platform leans hard into shopping local. Items are listed
by how quickly you can get to them based on your GPS location. Chat
directly within the app to arrange the transaction.


iOS
and
Android

Source: FS – All – Architecture 10
Best apps and sites for selling used home goods