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 pickup 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 in alphabetical order (after numbers).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 pickup 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 online auction (typically lasting five to seven days) to handling shipping and delivery. Prospective bidders on EBTH should pay attention to fulfillment details like special pickup instructions and shipping quotes.
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 pickup/delivery. Note that Nextdoor, a neighborhood-based social network, also has a marketplace baked in.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.