If you've ever bought or sold anything through Craigslist, you know things can get real weird, real fast. Sure, there's plenty of normal business conducted on the site everyday, but there's also a ton of shady stuff, too. If you're looking to unload or pick up used furniture online, there are alternatives.
We don't mean to totally dis Craigslist, the site has some legitimately good stuff on there if you weed through all the junk. But keep the following five websites in mind the next time you're ready to do some furniture shopping or selling.
If the thought of having a stranger come to your home to buy your furniture creeps you out, AptDeco assures a smooth buying/selling transition for New York City and New Jersey residents (with Boston and Philadelphia coming soon) by using a trusted community of buyers and sellers, along with pre-arranged pick up and delivery. From sofas and chairs to vintage furniture pieces, this NYC-based company makes the selling and buying process easy for those who are looking for quality pre-owned furniture for their home.
If you enjoy vintage decor and you're willing to splurge, browse the collection at 1stdibs to find furniture items from all over the world. This leading online luxury marketplace is known for its upscale antique and vintage furniture. Whether you're shopping for pieces from the Art Deco Collection or the Neoclassical, this site has a variety of beautiful options for those who like high-end furniture.
Chairish is an online marketplace that exclusively features curator-approved home goods for furniture lovers. Buyers can enjoy free shipping on more than hundreds of items, while sellers can list their items for no charge on the site. If the seller's listing is accepted, Chairish will pay up to 80 percent of the sale amount and arrange shipping. Buyers and sellers can shop and sell anytime using the Chairish iPhone app, which includes an easy process for sellers to upload a photo and descriptions of their items.
OfferUp is pretty much the Uber of buying and selling stuff online. You download their app (available on both Google Play and iTunes) to instantly connect with local people selling and buying pretty much anything in your area — furniture included. And just like Uber, buyers and sellers are given a user rating by people they've dealt with in the past, so you know who to stay away from and who is a great source.
Apartment Therapy Marketplace is a hyperlocal marketplace with globally inspired furnishings, powered by local communities. Buyers can discover local treasures — including secondhand (used and refurbished), vintage and antiques (20 years or older), local (handmade and small business) and resale (like-new) items — in their area or around the world. Apartment Therapy Marketplace will help individuals sell their pieces and assist buyers in finding unique treasures, but it does not deal with delivery or transactions. Once you find your perfect furniture piece, you can use their integrated messaging system to set up a time to meet the seller. The site's aim is to create a safe, fun and neighborly selling and buying marketplace. The app is only available on iPhone.
Letgo is very similar to Offer Up. If you're looking for items nearby, Let Go makes it very easy to browse tons of great deals on items like furniture, electronics, even cars in your own neighborhood. The site and app (available on both Google Play and iTunes) makes it easy to search by location and price. Once you've found something you like, you can instant-message the seller on the app to set up a time and place to meet.
A version of this article was originally published in January 2015.
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