Today’s Killer Startup: Trove
Trove is “the best way to buy and sell used furniture online.”
Why It’s A Killer Startup
I am all about buying secondhand when you can. As a hippie-raised, free-range child of Vermont, the ethos of “reduce, reuse, and recycle” was drilled into my head from the time I could understand words. With that in mind, I’m always happy to hear about technology making it easier for people to connect in order to sell the stuff they no longer want or need to the people who would love to take it off their hands.
Trove is the latest to cross my laptop screen. They’re a website and app (although the app is definitely nicer than the site) that presents secondhand furniture as nicely as any Pier 1 website. (Did I just totally date myself there? Probably.) Buyers can swipe through “a daily batch of vintage furniture and decor items” or search for specific pieces that they know are going to make their house a home. They can also make an offer directly on the app, but payment doesn’t have to happen until they see the item in person, protecting them from being duped by touched up or inaccurate pics.
The process is simple for sellers too, who only need to take pictures, add a description, and let buyers know when they’re available to meet up. They can choose whether they want to take payment in cash or credit card, too, which is great for those high-value items like dining room table and fancy-ass couches.
Still not sold on the idea of buying secondhand furniture? I have one more awesome argument for it: your house is never going to look so fly — and original — as it will when you pick a range of eclectic pieces. Also, stuff made in previous decades, in particular, was built to last, which means you can get solid, good furniture for a fraction of the price of the crap you can get new. And it will last you for exponentially longer.
So what are you waiting for? Find that dream mid-century piece right now on Trove.
Find that #vintage furniture of your dreams on @usetrove