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This Website Is My (Lazy) Vintage-lover’s Secret to Buying and Selling Secondhand Home Goods

published Mar 1, 2022
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I have an affinity for old things. I love storied furniture, hand-me-down decor, and — much to the chagrin of my minimalist housemate — knick-knacks, trinkets, and tchotchkes. I have a steady routine of buying used home goods, basking in their novelty for a short while, then selling or donating them to their next admirers. Keeping up with my habit in New York City has been messy, usually involving stoop trash, Goodwill runs, and finding friends with cars and time. Then, I discovered Kaiyo — and before I begin raving, the retailer has already sprung to give AT readers 10 percent off of their orders, but only for a very limited amount of time.

First, let me tell you why you should be taking advantage of this short-term deal ASAP. Not only do I love secondhand furniture and decor, but I’m quite picky about what goes in my space because…who isn’t? I’ve done the Facebook Marketplace thing, but after encountering a few too many weirdos, I’ve put that venture to rest. What I needed was a place to shop and sell secondhand home goods that works with my schedule, allows me to avoid negotiations, and takes worrying about shipping and handling completely off my plate.

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Kaiyo lets me submit my furniture to sell, collects it via white-glove service in alignment with my schedule, gives me an instant offer (before my items even sell), and takes care of the entire selling process after that, from storing to photographing, listing, and delivering the items to their buyers. Because the Kaiyo team is approving all furniture submissions for selling (rather than sellers creating listings on their own), all the listings for sale on the website are hand-picked and curated with their condition, quality, and value in mind. Brand names like Restoration Hardware and West Elm pepper Kaiyo’s collection, as do some seriously special and rare vintage pieces.

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I was able to try out Kaiyo’s shopping experience myself, and when I tell you I’m not going back, I mean it. I was able to find the perfect dresser for my tiny bedroom within half an hour (thanks to the number of very specific filters available) and schedule its delivery right away. My secondhand gem arrived within just a couple of days, in great condition (accurate to its listing) and by two careful, respectful, and strong individuals. I didn’t have to lift a finger throughout the entire process but now get to enjoy a piece that I think I’ll actually hold on to for quite some time.

Kaiyo is available on the East coast, including NYC, Washington DC, Philly’s metropolitan area, and parts of Virginia and Maryland. In the spirit of sustainability, buying used, reducing waste, and keeping furniture out of landfills, Kaiyo also facilitates the planting of a tree for every order placed. More than that, you (wonderful AT reader) can save 10 percent on your order through March 10th by using the code APTHERAPY at checkout. Consider this your sign to join the club, get to selling and shopping secondhand on Kaiyo, and dive into sustainable home shopping. Oh, and load up the site with more pre-loved goodies I can buy for myself.