The British Shop transports fine art, furniture and antiques by air, land and sea around the world. David Hockney once said “Art has to move you” and The British Shop offers a service which moves ART AND ANTIQUES with attentive personal care delivering delicate items around the world. Whether you’re shipping an entire container yourself or you need to ship a few items via consolidation – The British Shop is your solution for shipping antiques from Europe to the USA (or wherever else you happen to be located when listening to this podcast). Don't let the name fool you. This international antiques shipper might be called The British Shop… but they don't just do shipping from England. The British Shop does collections in France and Belgium with regular collections ALL across EUROPE. Schedule a CALL with Malcom Disson of The British Shop by visiting their website https://thebritishshop.com/. Tell them you heard about them on the Business of Antiques Podcast to receive a special offer on your Insurance for your delivery! For the 1st episode of Season 2, we sit down for a spicy conversation with Erin Gilbert, VP of Sales, for Chairish. Chairish is the design world's ultimate destination for antiques, vintage, simply second hand, home furnishings and art. They are beloved by the interior designers, tastemakers and all the mere shopping mortals who shop the site – as well as loved by the antique dealers and designers who sell on their site.
Our clients at The Antiques Diva & Co sourcing antiques in Europe or taking part in our Antique Dealer Training and Mentoring program consistently list Chairish as their favorite 3rd party sales aggregator site expressing
- how easy Chairish is work with,
- how they feel valued and understood as a seller listing on the site
- and most importantly that they rave that Chairish is their top source of sales on a monthly basis.
Newsweek listed Chairish as the "Best Online Shop" of 2021 and Chairish was the winner of USA Today´s Reader's Choice Award for "Best Place to Shop Online for Furniture and Home Decor."
Proving the point that the best businesses are born out of necessity – Chairish started when Eric Brockaway, a tech entrepreneur, and his wife Anne, a fashion executive, decided to sell some of their second hand furniture – and realized there was no place for a mere mortal to sell high end furniture other than CraigsList. They dreamt of – and built – a platform where home decorators could find and cherish an expertly curated array of home furnishings and art.
Erin explains how selling on Chairish differs from selling on Instagram or other platforms and how their flexibility in working with their vendors ensures vendor satisfaction. She also gives tips on how to get started as a new vendor on Chairish. She discusses photography needs, perfecting your SEO utilization and the importance of getting measurements right! Chairish offers buyers the opportunity to sort by measurement
One of the key differences between Chairish and Instagram or FaceBook Marketplace is the audience – with over 30K designers sourcing on the site – their target audience ensures a reach to a wider audience than most social media accounts could ever reach on their own. Most other sales platforms charge a monthly fee in addition to commission which makes them a greater investment than Chairish – who doesn’t charge a monthly fee. On Chairish, antique dealers only pay a commission when they make a sale! You also don’t need to be a professional dealer to sell on Chairish, anyone can!
Find out more at chairish.com
In our Antique Dealer Training and Mentoring Program I recommend antique dealers take a multi-prong approach to sales, utilizing their own website, Instagram, and 1 (or even 2) sales aggregator sites. Our second sponsor of our podcast is Ronati – https://ronati.com/ecommerce-manager/(eCM) – which is the first multi-marketplace tool – allowing Antique Dealers to upload stock to one location allowing dealers to list, manage, and edit across multiple marketplaces in just a fraction of the time.