Since launching in Charlotte almost a year ago, San Francisco startup Move Loot has widened its customer base, expanded its service reach and boosted its local employment.
Move Loot, the online marketplace that allows customers to buy and sell furniture for free delivery, wants to grow in Charlotte even more. To showcase its inventory and meet customers, Move Loot is hosting a “first look” sale featuring deep-discount furniture at its north Charlotte warehouse Friday and Saturday.
“We’re working really hard to become familiar and friendly with the Charlotte community,” Meggie Williams, the Charlotte general manager, said in a recent interview.
The company sources furniture from individual customers but also has started working more with furniture manufacturers to buy bulk supply. A lot of the time it’s inventory they just don’t have space for, Williams said. Like an individual seller, retailers get a payout when their piece sells.
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For the sale this weekend, which takes place 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Move Loot is selling new furniture from manufacturers for up to 90 percent off its retail price, Williams said.
Move Loot’s 12,000-square-foot warehouse is located at 2233 Interstate North Drive Ste. F, off I-85.
Williams said Move Loot also will start hosting a monthly do-it-yourself workshop series in which local bloggers will demonstrate projects like bar-cart styling and how to make home goods like holiday hurricanes.
For those using Move Loot’s online ordering functionality, the company offers free delivery and on-the-spot returns. For sellers, Move Loot picks up the item for free, cleans it, takes a professional photo for listing on its website, stores the piece in the warehouse until someone buys it and then splits the selling price 50/50 with the seller.
Its initial coverage area was a 30-mile radius of uptown Charlotte, and a few weeks ago, the company expanded that to 50 miles, Williams said. Coverage areas now include Statesville, Shelby, Hickory, Salisbury and parts of South Carolina.
Move Loot has gotten $1 million worth of submissions since launching, Williams added. It has two trucks and is about to get a third, and has grown its team from five in February to nine now.
And perhaps a sign of its sticking power with shoppers, about 30 percent of Move Loot’s users are repeat customers.
“No matter what life stage you’re in, you’re going to be buying and selling furniture,” Williams said.