Sunday, September 27, 2015

How To Sell Your Rug

How To Sell Your Rug

You have a rug and you want to sell it. Selling it to a rug dealer and carrying it in your car trunk is not a good idea. Why? Because rug dealer wants to re-sell the rug, therefore he is not going to offer you a high price. Besides, he has many rugs himself. What is the chance that he can sell your rug faster than his own rugs? Your rug has to sit in his shop for a long time and this will cost him money. He can also buy rugs on credit, but he has to pay you cash since you need the money.   

Try to find a private customer, and an end user. Someone who wants to use the rug on his/her floor. Someone who does not want to resell it. Where can you find such a prospect? This guy could be your friend, a neighbor, a relative, or a coworker.  Don't be shy. Just ask them if they need a rug. Talk to them to see if you can find someone who is interested in buying your rug.

If this does not work, go online. There are many websites on which you can post the pictures and descriptions of your rug. Of course you should know what you have. That is the first step. Otherwise, you cannot sell it because you do not know what that is and what the market price might be. You don't want to put a high price on your rug to make the potential buyers walk away from you. Find an honest rug dealer and preferably a Certified Rug Appraiser. Usually, they have two types of rug appraisals, verbal and written. If it is just for your own information, you do not need a written formal appraisal and the certificate. The appraiser should be able to tell you the origin, age, construction, design, knot per square inch, and the fair market value of your rug.

After you have all the necessary information on your rug, then post them along with a few good pictures (overall, and details) of your rug. If there are damages, be honest and mention them. Try Craig's list which is local and free. You can also try ebay. Besides your asking price, mention that you may consider any reasonable and fair offer. If you post your rug on ebay, include free shipping  in the U.S. continent and in 48 states by UPS ground which is safe and cheap. This eliminates Hawaii and Alaska as the shipping cost to these two states is expensive.  Of course buying insurance which is not that expensive is highly recommended. People love free shipping when they buy something online. After you sell you rug, roll it and wrap it in thick plastic and take it to a UPS store for shipping. The cost of shipping is calculated based on the size and weight of your package. If you rug is big, then fold it in half  or tri-fold it as you do with the letter to put it in an envelope and roll it to become a smaller package. Take a look at this short video to see how you can do this.

For questions or concerns, give me a call to chat. You can reach me at 310-770-9085 or

Dr. Khosrow Sobhe (Dr. Kay)
Certified Rug Specialist (CRS)
Certified Rug Appraiser (CRA)
Tel. 310-770-9085

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