The top 10 searches on Gumtree right now

The top 10 searches on Gumtree right now

author: Sarah Beresford

By Sarah Beresford

Gumtree is a classified selling site, with 1000s of listings from sellers across the UK. But what are the most popular items going right now? Here’s a list of the top 10 searches.


Gumtree is one of the UKs most popular resell sites. You can find various and exciting listings from pool tables to hiking bootsweights to furniture. If you’re trying to find a bargain or have clutter you want to flog, then Gumtree could be the place to go.  

So, what are the top 10 items that people are hunting for right now? Let’s dig in. 

1. Free stuff 

The number one most popular search term on gumtree: ‘free stuff’. The reason people often list items as ‘free’ is because they need them gone ASAP. But can you find decent items that are actually freeIt depends on what you’re looking for. You could get lucky and find large furniture, such as fridges or wardrobes – but remember you’d need to think about how you’d get it home, especially during the pandemic. It’s likely you’d need to arrange a courier to collect which can be costly if it’s a big item. Generally, when it comes to ‘free stuff’ it’s usually odd bits and bobs, such as kitchen equipment or children’s toys.  

Average price: Free! (unless you need a courier of course).  

2. Sofas 

People often turn to second-hand sites when trying to get rid of their old sofas and chairs. Big and bulky, they can be a hassle to get rid of. If there’s life left in them then it makes sense to sell. You can find brand name sofas at a fraction of the new price. Look out for corner sofas, recliners, and sofa beds too. Prices vary a lot. You can get a sofa for £50, or a new-ish corner sofa for £1,000. 

Average price: around £200 

3. Desks 

Desks are another popular commodity, especially since the start of the pandemic. Some businesses are also selling off their office stock as they no longer need it. You can find small desks for children, old pine desks with drawers, and large commercial type desks. We saw an IKEA desk with drawers and a shelving unit for £10 and a brand-new desk for £120, a saving of £60 off the new price. If you’re trying to set up an affordable office space – you could search here for a bargain.  

Average price: £65 

4. Tables 

Tables proved to be another coveted item on Gumtree. Tables can double up as desks as well as improving your dining space. You’ll find anything from vintage tables in walnut, to side tables, and coffee tables. You can buy nice coffee tables for around £20 and full dining sets for £100. We saw a dining table with four chairs for £30. 

Average price: £60 

5. Chairs 

Chairs are a great place to start for people looking to try some furniture upcycling. You’ll find all types of chairs - dining chairs, office chairs, armchairs, and mobility chairs. 

Average price: £20 

6. Boats 

Perhaps people are dreaming of holidays because boats are currently a popular search on Gumtree as well. You can get dinghies that need refurbishing for next to nothing. Some are given away for free to those that have the time to restore them. Or if you have a larger budget you will find a selection of fishing boats, canal boats and boat accessories.  

Average price: £200-£2000 

7. Chest of drawers 

If you’re looking for extra storage, then you could find a five-drawer pine unit for £90 or an older set of drawers for £25. If you buy something that someone has already upcycled you might pay more than you would if you did the work yourself.  

Average price: £50 

8. Weights 

Gym equipment can be costly to buy so it makes sense to look for something used. You could buy a pair of small dumbbells for £5 and kettlebells from £25. Training benches with sets of weights are being advertised between £240 and £1400. If you've got some weights to sell yourself, you might find they'll be snatched up quite quickly as they're in demand whilst gyms are closed across the UK. 

Average price: £15 for some hand weights, £820 for a bench set 

9. Guitars 

Used musical instruments can be a bargain. Some acoustic guitars are currently selling for £20 on Gumtree. You can pay more, so you’d need to do your research to be sure you’re truly getting a bargain. Some newer guitars can be pricey costing up to £499. 

Average price: £259 

10. Laptops 

With the rise in working from home and home schooling, it’s no wonder that laptops are a popular search at the momentLaptops can be extremely expensive to buy new, and often lose their value quickly so bargains can be had if you know where to look. You could get a laptop with 4GB RAM for £149 or one with 8GB RAM for £200. 

Average price for an entry-level laptop: £174.50 

For more information on how you can get cheap laptops for homeschooling, read on here. 

Disclaimer: All information and links are correct at the time of publishing.

author: Sarah Beresford

By Sarah Beresford

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