I Heart Chairish Instagram Sales

Today is not just Tuesday, it’s one of those super exciting, special days for me. Today I’m being interviewed on Chairish. They are asking me all sorts of questions about the items I purchased on one of their Chairish Instagram Sales and how I styled the pieces in my home. Woah! Slow down. How did this happen you ask? Well, here’s the back story, but be sure to hop on over to Chairish to read the interview and view all the styled items to get the real vintage fix. I swear, I’ve been so excited to show them off. So please, go check it out.

Back in January, you might remember I was talking about Alt Summit. And while Grace and I stood in line at the airport, waiting for a taxi to the hotel, a woman behind us asked if she could share a ride. (I want to say it’s because I looked like a fancy blogger, but it’s probably because she heard us say Grand America Hotel where all the bloggers were staying. I’m going with the whole fancy blogger bit for now.) Anyhoo, I wanted to say yes, but I glanced at my luggage and then at Grace’s, and then at hers, oh boy. We didn’t travel light that particular week. I said, “For sure! That is if we can all fit.” Yikes!

We managed to snag a minivan, and the three of us were off to the hotel. She politely asked us if we were bloggers and we gave her a, “Ya, how’d you guess”, kinda ho-hum reply. She laughed. Turned out she worked for Chairish – only like my favorite online shopping resource for vintage goods! OMG! I squealed on the inside but tried to remain calm on the outside.

MORE AFTER THE JUMP…

But, like a complete nerd I gushed on and on about her company, and then I mentioned the Chairish Instagram Sales they have been hosting. If you’re unfamiliar, they take an amazing blogger or interior design guru to a flea market. Let her (or him) pick out a bunch of completely rad items, and then post them for sale on Instagram at a really amazing price. Well, this woman remembered my blog name and every single item I purchased. Now that’s impressive! Especially since it had been a couple of months since that particular sale. Or maybe it’s just because I purchased a lot of stuff?

She asked how I found the sale, and to be honest, it was completely random. While scrolling through Instagram, I stumbled upon a picture of Victoria Smith’s Chairish Instagram Sale. If you’re unfamiliar, she writes an amazing blog called SFGIRLBYBAY and has and a serious eye for style. She likes that same mix of vintage and new that makes my heart go pitter-patter. Boho chic with a Mid-Century Modern flare. I kinda have a teeny tiny blog crush on her.

How Chairish runs the Instagram sale is pretty impressive. At 5AM they arrive at a flea market and spend the morning procuring vintage goods. They then photograph the items in the parking lot, gather dimensions and a few details about each item. Finally, it’s go time. The sale lasts only a couple of hours so you must be on your tippy toes. If you want the inside scoop on some of my tips and tricks, I’m doling them out on their blog today.

That morning The Boy was out duck hunting, and I was watching the kids. Hmmm, predicting slightly bad parenting skills with possibly a lot of Scooby Doo in the near future. Lucky for me, naptime was near. I had a bit of time before the sale started. I wanted the magnifying glass, a book, a pink blanket and a blue textile. I set my intention. Challenge accepted.

I made sure the kids were well fed and had gone potty. Everyone was snug as a bug in a rug. iPhone was fully charged. This momma was ready. Let’s roll! The first item up was not on my list. I restrained myself from typing in #sold. BTDubs, that’s how you win the item. First person to type in #sold in the comments wins. You have to be quick, and I knew it. This wasn’t my first rodeo.

I kept refreshing. My heart was pounding. They posted a few more items and then there is was. The magnifying glass. Boom! I pounced! #sold!!! It was mine! I clapped it up a bit in my kitchen, tapped my feet, did the Snoopy dance and paid for my item thru Pay with Penny (a brilliant little app).

Next was the pink blanket. I wanted it for Little Maus’s room makeover. Gotcha! #sold! Now for the book. It had this hand drawn bee on the outer cover and would be perfect in my guest room (I have a little bee theme happening in there). I had to have it. I waited and waited and waited. The blue textile was up, but I wasn’t fast enough. Missed it. Whomp. Whomp.

However, something cool happened. There were more textiles at the flea and since everyone was super jazzed about them, they actually walked back to the vendor and posted two more for sale…BUUUUUUT I missed those too. You’ve seriously got to pay attention. There’s not time for checking Facebook or email. I learned the hard way. Focus people!

Refreshed my screen again. There it was. The bee book. The item I wanted more than anything…and I got it. ERMERGERD! Success! I leapt for joy! And what made this sale even more spectacular is that I got to interact with Victoria. She told me the book was even more beautiful in person, and she was right. It’s truly gorgeous.

So, how do you find these fancy sales? All you have to do is go on Instagram, follow Chairish, and they post their upcoming events. Just don’t you guys go buying the treasures I want. That’s rule numero uno. Those are off limits. Everything else is fair game. Cool? Okay, now go read my interview

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14 Comments

  1. Susan McDonald April 7, 2015

    Very cool story! Congrats! Will hop over to read your interview! BTW, I sell my vintage jewelry on Chairish! I know of Victoria/SFGirlbyBay too and have followed her for years!

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    • kyla April 7, 2015

      Susan! That is so cool! The post was a bit late. It’s up now in case you want to check it out.

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  2. Mugs April 7, 2015

    Um…..we heart House of Hipsters…..especially when in cab lines 🙂

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    • kyla April 7, 2015

      Mugs!!!! I wasn’t sure if you’d want your name in the post =) Thank you! Thank you soooo much! This has been so unbelievably cool. You not only made my day, not only my week…my year! Thank you.

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  3. Sarah April 7, 2015

    Fun! Makes me want to sign up for Instragam. 😉
    I’m off to read your interview…….

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    • kyla April 7, 2015

      Thank you so much for stopping by Sarah! And yes! Sign up for Instagram. It took me awhile to figure out how to use it properly, but now that I got the hashtags down, I swear, I LOVE it! In fact, I have to force myself to use all the other forms of social media. Crazy!

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  4. Victoria Smith April 7, 2015

    thank you so much for the amazing post, Kyla!!

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    • kyla April 7, 2015

      Wow! Seriously, thank you so much for stopping by my site and taking the time to read it. Love your blog lady!

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  5. Laurie April 8, 2015

    Fun and online shopping inspiring story! I’ll get into Instagram one of these days soon, thanks for the suggestion. Didn’t know they had sales there:)! Fun fun! Great interview, way to be recognized for your blogging efforts! Love love love her pink blanket, what a FIND! Congrats on everything:)

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  6. Great story, Kyla. Will definitely check out your interview and Chairish on Instragram!

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    • kyla April 13, 2015

      Thanks for stopping by Cynthia!

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  7. laura irion April 10, 2015

    Hey girl! Finally leaving a proper comment! (even though you know I was hitting refresh on Chairish every second from the time this post went up until theirs did! Ha!) Your interview was great, and it was just so darn fun to see you over there. Huge congrats friend!!

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  8. Lou Lou Girls April 12, 2015

    So cool. Pinned and tweeted. We appreciate you being a part of our party. Please stop by on Monday at 7 pm. Happy Sunday! Lou Lou Girls

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  9. […] And do you remember the insect book? It’s probably one of my most favorite pieces in the house. It’s from the sfgirlbybay […]

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