In a nutshell: Find a trove of furnishings of all types, from all eras, with a plucked-from-a-home-magazine style. Think Victorian settees, Lucite
bar carts, velvet headboards. “It’s the go-to site for beautiful pieces that designers buy but don’t end up using,” says designer Amber Lewis. The site’s discerning product criteria (high style? great condition? good value? check, check, check) ensures that you’re not scrolling through pages of junk.
How to buy: Filter by city first to see what’s available via free local pickup. When you’re ready to buy, click the Make an Offer button to try to get a lower
price. “If you offer 10 percent below the list price, you’ll nearly always get it,” says designer Emily Henderson. A full range of payment options (credit and debit cards, PayPal) is available.
How to sell: To help determine what something is worth, refer to
the Chairish Pink Book, which serves as a go-to online pricing resource for
vintage furnishings. Snap up to six photos of your item at different angles and Chairish will white out the background of the
primary shot for your
listing. The Chairish app (free, itunes.com) makes selling a cinch, too.
Fees: Chairish takes
a 20 percent commission on sales up to $2,500, and 3 percent to 12 percent for bigger-ticket items, depending on the sale price. Many sellers cover the shipping on small items that can be shipped via UPS ($9.99 to $29.99). Buyers pay for big and bulky items that require white-glove service (arranged via Chairish; average cost: $299).
Good to know: This isn’t
the place to find a steal.
“Chairish is highly curated—
it’s geared toward design lovers,” says designer Nicole Gibbons. “You won’t
find many fixer-uppers, and the prices reflect that.” Check back often, as 150 to 250 new items are added daily. If you’re looking for something specific, like a midcentury swivel chair, use the
“saved search” feature, which sends an e-mail alert every time one shows up in the inventory.