If given a choice between a well-constructed solid wood piece of furniture and a ready-to-assemble piece of furniture you’d think most people would prefer solid wood. Well unfortunately in today’s market you’d be wrong.
There is a surplus of older boomers looking to sell their larger pieces of “brown furniture” (the furnishings industry name for big, dated brown wood furniture) and family antiques as they downsize to smaller residences.
A lot of children don’t want their parent’s used furniture; it doesn’t go with their design aesthetic. And even if they do like a particular piece the cost to ship furniture to their home can make it financially unattractive.
Formal dining table sets, hutches, buffets and armories are among the most difficult types of furniture to get rid of. The reality is less formal dining arrangements; flat screen TVs and the popularity of mid-century modern furniture make these items less popular.
Consumers that would have purchased second hand furniture in the past are now shopping at IKEA, Target and Wal-Mart for new ready-to-assemble furniture.
If you are experiencing difficulty in selling your furniture there are alternatives: you can look into consignment stores (The Huntington Collection), identify charities that are looking for furniture to help folks rebuild their lives (Habitat for Humanity), or speak with your church about a possible family in need.
For most folks looking to divest themselves of things during a downsizing the important part is that the items will go to someone who will appreciate them.