30 January 2013

scowters: your new source for vintage & modern

today, i'd like to introduce you to SCOWTERS, your new source for vintage and modern furniture, art and accessories, coming to your facebook feed every thursday evening at 8 pm est/ 5 pm pst!

so what is scowtersscowters is a group of friends, who met through the magic of the facebooks, and who discovered we all have one thing in common: a serious addiction to buying cool old junque.  so we thought we'd take our love, and share it with you, in the form of a weekly informal facebook flash sale that sort of combines a flea market with a cocktail party, but all from the comfort of your own home or business.

the dealers selling on scowters are scattered across the nation, and run the gamut from collectors of folk art and costume jewelry to collectors of some of the finest 20th century art and antiques. we have dealers who have real brick & mortar galleries, to dealers with nothing more than an etsy page of stuff in their garage; we have some of the finest names from 1stdibs and one kings lane, and we also have bottom feeders like moi who just list their finds on craigslist to finance their next score. ;-) but fancy, or plain, folksy, or sophisticated, we all can't stop buying and we've discovered for us, it's not just a habit, but a whole lifestyle. we live, eat, breathe, dream (and joke) about cool old stuff, and now we want to share our addiction lifestyle and our latest finds, with YOU! kind of like buying fresh off the truck at the flea market, but without having to get up at 4am to do it!
so once a week we are selecting a few choice pieces per dealer and offering them to the public via a facebook flash sale. every thursday night, we start posting our favorite finds for the week, and give you (and each other- not gonna lie) a chance to buy our goods. we were doing this behind the scenes via FB messages anyhoo, so we thought why not open it up to everyone!  and it couldn't be simpler to use and participate in- when an item is posted that tickles your fancy, just comment "SOLD" and private message the scowters page with your email. scowters in turn will put you in touch with your dealer to finish the transaction (most of us take paypal, or credit cards). the dealer then ships your item off within 4 business days of purchase. that easy- just you and the dealer, no middle man.
since our sale is on facebook, it's also sort of a social venue. we dealers sit by the computer (when we're available) with a glass of wine and comment and chat as the items pop up. it's relaxed and fun, and since we all have our areas of expertise, you might learn something as well... though mostly we just comment "no way- i want that!" and "you are selling that waaay too cheap- somebody buy this before i do!".  ;-)   (remember, we're addicts- every purchase you make saves us from ourselves)
so if you like what you see here,  come join the fun- first step is liking the scowters facebook page so you can see the goodies when we list them, then kick back every thursday night while these awesome finds (and more) fill your facebook stream is filled with vintage goodness!
"scowters: let our addiction be your lifestyle" is my jokey tag line
our lovely logo by stephanie shofield. bonus points if anyone not a scowter can identify the choice cut labeled "GG". it's sort of an inside joke but with a very public origin, so anyone can play.
see you on teh scowters!


Kim@Chattafabulous said...

Fantastic idea! I'll be looking for the sales!

mary said...

Hi Christian, This so cool. Fantastic idea--plus no middle man!!! I'm going there right now. So great to see you on Saturday!

David said...

Can't wait to see tonight's offerings, I liked last week's lineup (except for the fact that the painting I loved was way out of my range).