Retail of clothes, why not household goods? Chairish, Kaiyo Do It – WWD

Approximately 2,000 items flood the platform for reselling furniture Chairish’s website daily.

Vintage and antique furniture, art, carpets, lighting, interior design and more spread the site’s product pages where designers like Adam Lippes can even be counted among its fan base (offering their choices and a return trip in a special curation in January last year).

A plethora of product lists need to be added frequently to keep inventory fresh and whet the appetite for fast-moving furniture in favor of antique, vintage and home-made merchandise. In 2020, total sales of furniture and household items online reached $ 36.1 billion, according to Chairish’s first home furnishing resale report from 2021. But just as with fashion, that figure is rapidly being distributed among resellers. In 2025, $ 16.6 billion in used furniture is expected to be sold (an increase of 70 percent from 2018).

To date, the marketplace has sold half a million items, eaten up competitors (acquired the European vintage furniture and art market Pamono online last year), begun to compensate for 100 percent of its carbon emissions and set its sights on further expansion. On Tuesday, the platform introduced more than 200,000 new finds directly from Europe, available for purchase in the United States

Chairish co-founder and CEO Gregg Brockway said “enabling Chairish to showcase Europe’s bestsellers is an important step forward in our quest to be the global design community’s source of the world’s finest design objects.”

And it’s not just Chairish that is sweetening the resale of the furniture store. There is also Kaiyo, another curated marketplace that grew up in 2015 and has since received a 150 percent to 200 percent revenue increase from year to year, according to the company.

“The popularity of clothing retailer sites such as ThredUp and The RealReal has made consumers more comfortable shopping second-hand,” said Kaiyo’s CEO Alpay Koralturk. “Millennials in particular are more willing to shop for beloved items as they become more environmentally conscious and picky with their dollars. They realize that they can get great designs for a fraction of the price while feeling good about their purchase.”

With the advent of teleworking, shoppers have turned to their immediate surroundings for comfort and equipped their sites with used goods from brands such as West Elm, CB2, Ikea, Restoration Hardware and Wayfair, according to Kaiyo’s report.

But fashion retailers can miss out on the growing sustainable home trend.

Home textiles – and bedding, specifically – were the clear category leaders when it came to adopting the textile standard-setting company Oeko-Tex’s traceability label “Made In Green”, according to a press release on Monday. Oeko-Tex continued to show demand for environmentally produced products and emission-reducing percussion tools.

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