How to become a Second-hand Furniture Retailer
- Price: £5.99
- Published: March 2017
- Type: Business Opportunity Profile
- Format: PDF
- Qualifications and skills
- Key market issues and trends
- Trading, commercial and legal issues
- Further information
Second-hand furniture retailers sell pre-owned furniture and accessories such as tables, sofas, chairs, cabinets, ornaments, mirrors and lighting. Stock is typically sourced through house clearances, auctions, online marketplaces, car boot sales or via classified adverts. Many retailers also source second-hand furniture from police, government and bailiff auctions, which sell seized, stolen or repossessed furniture.
Some second-hand furniture retailers repair and restore damaged pieces and offer a house clearance service for anyone seeking to sell unwanted furniture. Many trade online, both via their own websites and online marketplaces such as eBay and Etsy.
This profile provides information about starting up and trading as a second-hand furniture retailer. It describes the skills required, the training available, the current market trends and the key trading issues. It also explains the legislation that must be complied with and provides sources of further information and support.