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Connecting Designers To Vintage Furnishings With Chairish

 

Chairish has become a one-stop-shop for designers sourcing vintage and antique furniture online. Don’t have the time or the energy to sift through your local flea market? Chairish does the legwork for you. Vintage is not only for the antiques fanatic – integrating unique vintage pieces into a client’s space can give a room flare and character. The Chairish website and popular mobile app are very user-friendly, bringing the fun and glitz into sourcing and shopping vintage.

 

Hot off the press, Chairish has also just launched their new site DECASO – the Decorative Arts Society, connecting interior designers to the world’s leading modernism and antique dealers. DECASO enables designers to source fine pieces using a state-of-the-art navigation and negotiate directly with a vetted selection of dealers.

 

Here, Anna Brockway, Co-Founder and President of Chairish and DECASO, shares the unique elements of the Chairish platform, why interior designers love Chairish, and the introduction of DECASO.

 


 

In 140 characters or less, what is Chairish?

Chairish is the leading online marketplace for buying and selling chic vintage furniture and decor.

 

Anna Brockway Chairish President

Photo by Charlie Nucci

 

What criteria does Chairish take into account when considering a new seller?

Chairish is curated by item. A team of designers reviews each submitted item before it is accepted for sale on Chairish. That means Chairish’s inventory, while diverse aesthetically, is consistently stylish and of high quality. Our inventory comes from a mix of interior designers, vintage stores, high-end consignment shops, and private individuals, all of whom have amazing pieces to sell.  

 

Chairish

Photo by Rus Anson

 

Chairish is known for its intuitive, user-friendly app – what can you get on the Chairish app that you can’t get on a computer?

Besides being the most entertaining  way to spend your commute time, the Chairish app is the best way to make sure you don’t get scooped on an item you’re loving or saving for a client.  Through the app you will receive instant notification if an item you’ve favorited or have made an offer on receives another competitive  offer or better yet,  if the seller reduces the price. Even better, once you buy, you will also receive instant updates on where the item is in transit.

 

Chairish

Photo by Nanette Wong

 

How does the Chairish trade program differ from other online consignment stores out there?

Chairish offers designers cash back on all purchases, a 48-hour return policy,  7-day a week live, US-based customer service, manages pick-up and delivery, and we provide concierge sourcing services if designers need it!  As a result, designers are a very important part of our business.

 

Chairish

Designed by Daphne Nauleau, Photo by Nanette Wong

 

What are your best-selling categories and styles?

Designers especially love us for dining room chairs, lighting, art, rugs, and accessories.  In terms of styles, mid-century modern, Italian 80’s and California 70’s inspired looks are particularly strong right now.

 

Chairish

Photo by Rus Anson

 

How does Chairish prepare for the holiday season?

For the holidays, Chairish stocks up on entertaining essentials, everything from dining room chairs, tables, buffets and chandeliers to tabletop items like serving pieces and barware.  Also, items like vintage books and decor are just perfect for gift giving.

 

Chairish

Photo by Poppy Lynch

 

Why do interior designers like shopping on Chairish?

Chairish is a one-stop shop for designers to source vintage pieces in a snap. In Chairish’s proprietary survey of trade pros, 70% of designers reported that their clients are looking for personalized and collected spaces and are specifically requesting vintage pieces. 75% of designers plan on specifying more vintage and antiques in the coming year. Designers on average report that 30-50% of the items they spec for a given room are vintage. So Viva La Vintage! We make sourcing vintage easy as pie.

 

Chairish

Photo by Nanette Wong

 

How does the Chairish experience ease the sourcing, buying and shipping process for interior designers?

Firstly, Chairish is curated and offers state of the art navigation making it super easy for designers to find just what they are looking for in seconds.  Trade pros can search by style, size, price, location, color and more.  No need to spend hours sifting through pages of junk looking for that one perfect item.  We only offer top drawer items and you’ll find them in a snap.

 

Secondly, Chairish alone offers real pricing guidance.  Designers can use The Chairish Pink Book to research what items have sold for in the past.  When buying and selling, The Chairish Pink Book answers the age old question – what’s this item worth?

 

Lastly, Chairish manages pick-up and delivery.  Upfront we let designers know what shipping costs are and do the heavy lifting of getting the item from the seller to the buyer. Most designers know that arranging shipping is challenging so appreciate our help immensely.

 

Chairish

Photo by Nanette Wong

 

What are 3 tips of “best practices” to offer interior designers for making the most out of Chairish?

1. Favoriting: If you see something you like, favorite it! If someone else makes an offer on it or if the price gets reduced, you’ll receive an alert so you don’t miss out.

 

2. Saved Search:  If you are searching for something specific, sign up for saved search alerts.  When an item comes in that meets your criteria, we’ll let you know.  This is like an automated concierge shopping experience and can save a designer endless hours in sourcing.

 

3. Shop locally:  Items located near your client will be cheaper and faster to ship.  If you are game, you can also pick the item up yourself for an even speedier and cost effective experience.

 

Chairish

Designed by Daphne Nauleau, Photo by Nanette Wong

 

What’s next for Chairish?

On November 15th, we launched a new brand called DECASO, the Decorative Arts Society. This site is a new online selling platform connecting sophisticated interior designers to the world’s top antique and modernism dealers.  Expect to find the highest caliber objects supplied by a vetted community of leading dealers.  It’s going to be fancy!

 

ChairishPhoto by Ditsy

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