Open letter to One Kings Lane customers, shop owners, and trade professionals
By now, you have likely seen CNN Money’s From nearly $1 billion to ‘immaterial’ article on the One Kings Lane sale to Bed Bath & Beyond. If not, here’s a link to read about the deal.
The article says that — according to Bed Bath & Beyond — “the ecommerce site “will serve as a cornerstone” for Bed Bath & Beyond’s furniture and home décor sales.” Change is inevitable and we look forward to OKL’s evolution.
In response to curiosity from our community of buyers and sellers, we’d like to educate folks on the similarities and differences between One Kings Lane and Trove Market, so you know your options if you’re in search of a new platform to buy or sell your secondhand, vintage, or antique home furnishings, décor, artwork, or other home goods. Your city, your Trove!
Trove Market vs. One Kings Lane
First, three similarities.
There are many ways we are alike. Here are some of the reasons that many customers already sell on both platforms:
- Trove is also a venue for you to buy and sell home furnishings and decor of all varieties: gently-used secondhand, vintage, antique and unique. You will also find new items in the assortment.
- Items are sold by trade professionals, retail boutiques, and individuals. Find items you love from sellers you love. Follow their profiles in Trove to see when they’ve added new items to their storefront! Here are a few sellers you’re sure to love: Antiquario, Den Møbler & RoGallery
- Pay for your purchases through Trove, just as you have with One Kings Lane. No hassling with cash. Buyers can use credit to pay, and sellers can receive funds via direct deposit or Venmo.
Take cash out of the process. Buy secondhand and pay electronically through Trove Market.
And three differences…
Of course, we are also different in some ways! Our vertical has been ripe for innovation for many years and we appreciate diversity. Here are some things that distinguish Trove from One Kings Lane and others in our space:
- We aren’t a marketplace where buying and selling feels like going to the mall. Instead, we help people and boutiques in your community sell in your area (and nationwide), which means you’ll see a wide range of items, from a custom-build reclaimed wood bench, to mid century modern designs like Eames and Saarinen, to more modern furniture from West Elm, Design Within Reach and CB2. The thrill of the hunt will motivate you!
Find a wide variety of furnishings and décor in Trove Market & benefit from helpful accompanying content, like our Ultimate Guide to Reclaimed Wood Furniture.
- You won’t find big box stores selling in Trove. We work with smaller resellers around the country, such as consignment stores, vintage boutiques, and antique malls. These folks sell amazing wares, they care about your community, and they need your business far more than big box retail! Pivot Project & Community Threads are a couple examples of Trove sellers who give back to the communities they’re in.
You deserve to recirculate your dollars locally, with shop owners you know and love.
- Whereas some marketplaces are built so all items can be shipped to you, we encourage local sales, where buyers meet sellers, and where communities come together to discover the best previously owned goods. Keeping business local also means saving money on shipping, and additional safeguards for your hard earned money (i.e., you can meet the other party in a safe location to see items before buying them).
Doing business locally affords conveniences and safeguards that are not present when doing business outside of your locale.
Now that you’re familiar with some of the similarities and differences between One Kings Lane and Trove Market, you should be ready to get started!
Whether you’re buying or selling, we welcome you to Trove and look forward to your participation on our community.
Are you a shop owner? Click here for more detail about selling in Trove.
If you have any questions or would like help getting started, feel free to send an email to email@example.com and we’re more than happy to lend a hand.