Where can I sell my painted furniture
Where can I sell my painted furniture?

Where can I sell my painted furniture?

If you are asking yourself, where can I sell my painted furniture? Well, there are quite a few options available to you right now and in this blog, I’m going to list all your options, the pros and the cons of each.

Here is my compiled list of places to sell your painted/upcycled furniture online, if I have missed any that you feel should be included, please leave a comment or send Upcycle TV a direct message.

  • eBay
  • Facebook Marketplace
  • Etsy
  • Vintup
  • Gumtree
  • Vinterior
  • Instagram & Social Media
  • Preloved
  • Your Own Website
where is the best place to sell upcycled furniture
After spending all the time and hard work on a piece, sometimes, you just don’t want to let go…

Let us look at each platform and its pros/cons

Probably the most established multi-selling platform on the internet, although it is not as popular as it once was, many complain that new items have swamped the site and this dilutes the impact that you might want when attracting buyers. The fees are fairly high, typically around 10% if you are including Paypal as the merchant to take payment. I hear many traders are disgruntled because they say that eBay provides too much protection for the buyer and not enough for the seller. I still believe eBay is a great way to sell specific items that are searched for, if you have a branded piece like Ercol, many buyers will search eBay for items like this.

Facebook Marketplace
The beauty of selling furniture on the Facebook marketplace is that it is free, so can be very useful for those that are starting out and need to keep costs down. The problem can create is that there is a lot of people selling on the site, this can dilute the search but also, it is often very competitive with buyers searching “something for nothing” and perhaps, not respecting the time taken to produce top quality work. On the flip side, it is very easy for poor quality to be offered up for sale which can damage the reputation of professional furniture painters trying to make a living. www.facebook.com

Another well established and well-known site with a good reputation and a lovely functioning site. I know many sellers that do very well selling on Etsy, the only slight downside is that it isn’t dedicated to furniture, it is very craft-based with jewellery and items like this, the advantage of this is more traffic to the website which could attract potential buyers. A good all-round option with sensible fees. www.etsy.com

The beauty of Vintup is that it is dedicated to vintage and upcycled furniture, it is also free to all sellers and buyers. There are no listing fees or commission on sales, however, there are options to pay a small monthly fee which give you an upgrade to your membership and some benefits when adding listings. The downside is that it is a new player and has some annoying glitches and low volume of traffic, that said, there is a lot of promise if the investment is made improving the site and attracting visitors. www.vintup.co.uk

A very basic site that offers free listings, Gumtree can be used to sell your upcycled and/or painted furniture but again, it is not dedicated and items can get lost in the noise. Worth testing as Gumtree can vary depending on the area, a good place to clear unwanted items fast, similar to the Facebook marketplace in many ways. www.gumtree.com

No longer dedicated to furniture, Vinterior offer everything from rugs to mirrors and lighting, it appears to be aimed at interior designers and the high end of the market so if you fall into this criteria then Vinterior is definitely worth looking at. The commission on sales is 20% so quite a large chunk of the pie is going to them on a successful sale, there is always the option to sell your pieces a little higher than you might have otherwise as the market is definitely there. I would expect that they are quite particular about the quality of listings so expect some stricter rules that the other platforms. www.vinterior.co

Instagram & Social Media
A great way to promote what you are doing is by using free social platforms such as Facebook Pages, Twitter and Instagram. Be aware that these sites are very noisy and it can be hard to get your pieces seen by actual buyers, it’s all good and well getting a tonne of likes from other furniture painters but that isn’t necessarily going to make a sale. My advice is to use social media but do not chase it, allocate 20 minutes or so a day to make a few posts. www.instagram.com

I haven’t personally used Preloved but it appears to be in line with much of the others mentioned here, it is open to anything secondhand and it has an excellent user-friendly interface for buyers to find what they are looking for.  https://www.preloved.co.uk/

Your Own Website
If you asked me “where is the best place to sell my painted furniture” my first response would be “your own website” and this is probably the most underused of them all. A well built and managed website can outperform all of the above if done correctly. I honestly mean that, if you use WordPress and build a well-functioning website that is Google-friendly and attracts traffic, it will blow away the competition. It doesn’t have to cost a fortune and look fantastic, all it has to do is to function properly and just by following a few rules, you can absolutely smash it. I urge you to consider building a website and writing incredible content that people are interested in that relates to your service.

Don’t believe me that this the way? Look at what you are reading right now, a website with content written by me, yes it works.

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How to Write a Great Blog Post For Your Furniture Painting Business

How to Write a Great Blog Post For Your Furniture Painting Business

Well Written Blogs Will Generate Free Traffic to Your Upcycling Website

Why are Blogs Important?
In a nutshell, they will help you generate traffic to your website for free. This is what is referred to as “content” and it is what the major search engines like Google are looking for.

Google’s clever bots will read your site and will rank it a score based on your content and how people consume it. This is called “search engine optimisation ( SEO )” and if you can crack it, you’ll get unlimited customers to your site for absolutely no cost at all.

Is SEO dead?
You’ll hear this said a lot by marketing “experts” – I can promise you now that SEO is not dead at all and this is a nonsense statement, the internet is based on SEO, search Google for any topic and the free results will display websites with content relating to that topic, they will all be scored on SEO with the best one at the top of the results.

SEO is certainly not dead – what is dead is being able to pay a techy guy to cheat the system and fire you up the ranking by playing a few tricks. Do that, you might be lucky to get some instant results but Google will catch you and it could kill your site.

What is the Answer?
As above, deliver exceptional content on your site that your traffic finds useful and the first point of call is to write regular, informative blog posts that your audience will find interesting.

That sounds easy but it really isn’t, it is simple but not easy!
How to Write a Great Blog Post For Your Furniture Painting Business

19 Rules For Writing Blogs That Will Engage Readers
  • Make the content interesting – Tell stories, perhaps, review products like furniture paint and compare techniques.
  • Keep your audience in mind  – What is it that your potential customers are interested in, what other topics can you combine into your blog.
  • Ensure the blog title is exciting – We want people to click on your links
  • Use a “featured image” – I will show you how to do this
  • Use images in your post
  • Use links to other pages on your website – Always try to get a link to your services in every blog that you write
  • Use video – Where possible, make and use videos to add to your blogs, people love videos
  • Reference Other Sites – If you have friends or business associates that have websites, write a blog about there services, link it to your service / content and then ask them to do the same.
  • Use keywords that are likely highly searched terms for example: “Best way to paint furniture” This will attract attention but, is also a fantastic opportunity to that you know what you’re talking about
  • Use at least 300 words, 500 is prime.
  • Use categories
  • Proofread before you publish
  • Share your blog on social media, not just after you have published but every six months or so
  • Add a personal touch, people are interested in you
  • Avoid politics and sensitive subjects
  • Use tags
  • Use hashtags
  • Use headings and bold in your text
  • Spread your text out, long paragraphs are daunting in today’s fast paced society

There are other ways that Upcycle TV can help you grow your furniture painting business, check out this video on our YouTube channel

11 Ways of Marketing that Will Grow Your Business

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