It is very common to see office furniture online for sale but there is not marketplace yet for vintage furniture online. In today’s era wherein everything can be bought online, from groceries to clothes, home décor is one area that cannot keep up with the rest of the industry.
This is the reason why Gregg Brockway along with his wife, Anna, decided to launch Chairish. This is an online marketplace wherein everyone is welcome to put their vintage but high quality home décor and furniture and this is also where users can buy them.
According to Brockway, it is not difficult to visit a catalogue and purchase an entire room of décor and furniture but this could have a very generic effect. For those who are looking to find unique and special pieces, they have to explore in order to enjoy the experience and the whole process at the same time. Brockway has an office in the 12th floor of a building located in the Financial District of San Francisco.
They recognize that there are other marketplaces online where people can list their unwanted stuff and decide their own price such as Craigslist but the difference that Chairish offers is that they are the ones in charge of the delivery process for both the buyers and the sellers.
The process is also selective which means that there are employees in charge of evaluating the items before they are put on listing on the site. According to Brockway, it is estimated that about one-third of those putting items for sale are being rejected.
He added that they hope to make Chairish a place where everyone will be able to appreciate the uniqueness of the products listed on the site and not just attracts those who are lovers of vintage and contemporary designed furniture.
If the price of the item is $2,500 or less, Chairish gets a 20 per cent commission. If the price of the items ranges from $2,500 to $25,000, the company takes 12 per cent commission while 2 per cent is subtracted from the sales of furniture that costs over $25,000. While the marketplace for vintage furniture is not as popular yet as office furniture online, they hope that it will follow the trend of the online travel industry where it started slowly but not considered a major channel for travellers all over the globe.