While there are many people who love the hours they spend on their hobbies, few of them are interested in turning it into a business. There is a huge market for inexpensive furniture, and those who love to refinish it often find selling their pieces is a way to have funds to continue buying more. They like to refurbish furniture, but they find the hunt for pieces is part of the joy they find.
Renting a shop, advertising to the buying public and filling out the paperwork for a business are all time-consuming processes. Many who might consider selling some of their furniture collection do not have time for this, but they often suffer with homes stuff full of furniture they really do not need. Many small shops now offer vendor space for these people, and it is a relationship that works well for hobbyists.
Selling their pieces online might seem like a good idea, but shipping them can be an issue for many. There are now online services that will list pieces, collect the money and do all the shipping. Like the shops for vendors, they take a percentage of the sale price. This leaves the hobbyists free to pursue their passion while funding it without excessive work on their part.
When people master a skill, they may find there is a market for them. Some shops and online services will help people connect with those who want old family furniture repaired and refinished, and they often do this for a small fee. Working directly with a customer gives the hobbyists the advantage of pursuing the work they love without the bother of trying to sell it once they are done. In return, their customers get their pieces refinished and can pass on their name to friends and family seeking the same quality service.