As I’ve mentioned recently, my furniture is not selling very quickly (or at all) for me these days.
I had a really strong start to 2022. I sold a number of pieces in January and February including the nightstands made by separating the two sides of a vanity …
this gorgeous armoire …
the barrister bookcase …
a primitive chippy dresser …
and the botanical cupboard …
But since then the only piece of furniture I’ve sold is the dry sink.
Well, and also the rusty garden furniture, which I suppose does count as the sale of furniture.
I’ve been selling refurbished furniture for a long time, and if there is one thing I can say for sure, it’s that it is very difficult to predict what will sell and what won’t. Mainly because it changes all the time.
For a while there, dressers were a sure fire seller for me while more unique pieces like dry sinks, armoires, book shelves or restyled radio cabinets were likely to be more difficult to sell. Now the opposite seems to be true.
One of the problems I have when unsold pieces start backing up is that I have nowhere to store them safely. Sure, I could put them out in the carriage house, but it is damp and dirty out there (not to mention the bugs and critters). Definitely not a great environment for storing my finished pieces. They really need to be inside the house, so I line them up in the dining room. And currently I’m out of space out there.
But really, the bigger problem I have when pieces aren’t selling is that I get stuck creatively. I totally lose my motivation for working on more furniture. I just can’t continue to add to the pile. It starts to weigh me down.
So I took some time this past holiday weekend to try and brainstorm some potential solutions to this problem and I came up with a few ideas.
First up, I have this washstand that hasn’t sold.
I decided that I really liked this piece myself, and it could possibly work in my front hallway. So I put it out there just to see how it would look.
It turned out to be a good fit. So at least it’s out of my dining room and freeing up some space in there for now. I’ll continue to list it for sale, but in the meantime I’ll enjoy it in my hallway.
Next up is the bench.
As you may remember, this is look number 3 for this bench.
If it still doesn’t sell in the next month or so, I may possibly take it into the shop where I sell on consignment. I don’t usually take big pieces of furniture to them, and I have to wait until they have space for it, but maybe I can reach a wider audience … or at least a new audience … there.
I’ve also decided to try something a little more trendy on this piece …
I’m going to strip the drawer fronts and then either leave them as raw wood or add a white wax. Then I’ll repaint the rest of the shell in a closely matching chalk paint, maybe Dixie Belle’s Putty or maybe the Burlap that I used on those nightstands. Or maybe I’ll just strip the whole thing. I’m not sure yet. But it will be getting a new, raw wood sort of look.
If that ends up helping it sell, I may have to rework the other two dressers that aren’t selling. This one …
and this one …
Another idea I had is to try going in a little different direction with the style of pieces I work on, starting with this set of modern end tables.
I’ll be sharing their makeover with you tomorrow. And then we’ll see if these sell quickly or not. If so, maybe I need to change up my inventory and focus more on mid mod pieces?
And finally, I’m also going to spend some time working on a couple of projects for myself. I have a cabinet that I’ve been meaning to get to that will be part of a makeover of my shed/photo cottage, and I also have a headboard that I’m making into a sign to hang on the carriage house.
So hopefully in the end some/or all of these options will help me get unstuck.
I’d love to hear from any of you that are furniture refurbishers. What is selling for you these days? And when you get stuck, how do you get unstuck? Leave a comment and let me know.