Buying and selling antiques and furnishings just got easier with three new online sites. Buying online takes out some of the footwork. No need to get dirty, pack and unload your goods. These three online shops bring hundreds of great items to you. Now you can shop from anywhere, anytime.Descriptions via The Editor at Large. All opinions are my own.
Hunters Alley (huntersalley.com)Age: 10 months Number of items: Hundreds added daily Type of items: Pre-owned furniture, lighting, décor, artwork, rugs Who can sell: Anyone
“Hunters Alley provides a curated experience with many ways to shop and discover, including themed sales,” said co-founder Alison Pincus, who is also the co-founder of One Kings Lane. “Our team lightly vets all submitted product, so shoppers see the most interesting pieces. Hunters Alley is also a community-centric space for design lovers to interact. Because of our social offering, buyers and sellers get to know each other, interested shoppers can comment on merchandise and individuals can follow each other.”
Features I like: The comment section: You can comment on pieces, keep track of what other people are loving and learn about the sellers.
Viyet (viyet.com)Age: 11 months Number of items: 100 items per week Type of items: Consignment furniture and accessories Who can sell: Designers
“Viyet serves the top echelon of the furniture consignment market by only selecting and featuring a highly-curated selection of merchandise as well as providing unparalleled white glove service every step of the way—from listing to photography, selling and delivery,” said Jennifer Koen, VP of marketing and PR for Viyet. “Our focus on building relationships in the design community makes us different—offering discounts and services that meet the specific needs of the interior design community.”
“If a designer consigns, we offer a traditional consignment model of 50% for them and 50% to Viyet,” added Koen. “We offer a white glove service where once we get the call from a designer that wants to consign, Viyet sends a curator to the site and then photographs, details dimensions, conditions and gathers information on selling features so that Viyet can market and sell the items. Once sold, Viyet arranges white glove pick up and delivery and then sends the designer a check.”
With sales tripling every three months, Viyet focuses on designer and brand name furniture that is in good condition or that can be easily brought to life again with design direction and a little love.
Features I like: Easy to navigate site, the “final sale” category for great deals. The site enables sellers to negotiate price through an automated ‘make an offer’ feature that is easy to use. The ability to consign with Viyet as a designer.
Chairish (chairish.com)Age: One year Number of items: 5,000 Type of items: Pre-owned furniture, lighting, décor Who can sell: Anyone
“There is space in this market for many players such as eBay, Craigslist, 1stDibs, One Kings Lane,” said Chairish co-founder and chief curator Anna Brockway. “We strive to offer the most product in a curated space with key differentiators like: mobile selling and buying, verified price negotiation, shipping services and local pick-up options. We also offer best-in-class search capabilities to allow for efficient shopping by style, furniture type and location.”
Features I like: Buyer can bargain on the items. The site enables sellers to negotiate price through an automated ‘make an offer’ feature. Return policy: 48 hours. Ability to shop by city.Images: 1/Hunters Alley 2/Viyet 3/Chairish
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