Selling A Used Rug
Our Tips On How To Sell Your Used Rug
Perhaps you are looking to change your decor or have moved, and the rug no longer fits, or you inherited an old rug from a relative? What do you do when you no longer have a use for a rug? We've put together suggestions to move a rug along.
Rug Identification And Value First
Gather information such as age and origin; you could skip this step if you purchased the rug new. As a general rule, the longer an area rug has been in the family, the less reliable the information about that rug. It's not uncommon for a person to think their rug is a 150-year-old antique when it's a 70-year-old rug. The 150-year-old antique tribal did exist in some cases, but it was confused with a 70-year-old Persian rug. There are many variations on how rugs have mistaken identities but its' not uncommon.
Rug values can range wildly; in some cases, that old rug you thought nothing of is worth is valuable. Values also work in reverse in that expensive antique rugs can lose value; in fact, that's more the norm. It's helpful to visit rug experts like Renaissace Rug Cleaning to get an idea of current rug values and trends
Where To Sell A Rug?
How much time and energy are you willing to devote to selling your rug? Internet opportunities abound, but are you ready to spend the time posting your oriental rug on a website to sell, dealing with emails, and shipping a large Persian rug. There are plenty of re-sale websites like Letgo, eBay, FB Marketplace, or Craigslist. It's worth considering, Are you willing to put time, energy, and possible interactions with strangers at your home?
Another good option is a consignment store and possibly antique stores in Portland metro area. Seams To Fit, Consignment Northwest, La Maison Fine Home Furnishings all consign home furnishing and area rugs. These companies will take a percentage of the sale, but companies like this have both an established local client base and e-commerce presence
To Clean The Rug Or Not, That Is The Question.
Typically we don't recommend cleaning before selling a rug there are exceptions. In some cases, a rug can be dirty enough that soil can significantly affect its sellability; pet urine, for example, is both an odor and hygiene issue. Stains that hide the beauty of an Oriental rug or make the colors look dingy. Another is a rugs with wool moth infestation on a wool oriental rug; this damages the rug the moth rug can infest other rugs.
These reasons are why many consignment stores require rugs to be cleaned being taking a rug in for consignment.
The same holds true for rug repair and mending, although a rug with damage and fraying detracts may make the rug a harder sell to a prospective buyer.
Most rug repair people won't repair a rug unless that rug has been cleaned first. For hygiene reasons and because soil stiffens the foundation of carpets and makes it much harder to drive a needle through a dirty rug Vs. a clean rug. Soils hide color and make it difficult to match colors with restoration yarns.
We have spent considerable time, energy, and money acquiring repair yarns. Many of our yarns are irreplaceable old yarns from the 1920's, new production yarns hand carried by the owner from Iran, Turkey, and Afghanistan. Rugs can carry moth and moth eggs, and it's not worth a small repair job to expose our yarns or other clients' rugs to a possible infestation.
Cleaning is not negotiable in our or most cleaner's workshop with that in mind discounting a rug for sale makes better sense in most cases