Q&A With All-Star Seller — Andrew from Kingpin

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As we focus on becoming better local sellers, our top independent sellers share their tips and tricks of the trade. Hats off to our All Star Sellers! Next up in this series is Andrew from Kingpin, a seller from Brooklyn, New York whose specialty is reclaimed items from local bowling alleys! Andrew has shared his knowledge of being a professional reseller and find both residential and commercial buyers.

Hi Andrew! How long have you been selling? And how did you get started?
About three years. Just clearing old stuff out of the basement and selling it got me started. I realized there is good money in old stuff.

Who would you say is your target buyer?
People who want to buy something with character or a story and not your regular plain furniture.

I try to be super friendly—good customer service goes a long way. I don’t pressure buyers and wish them good luck even when not purchasing from us, I think it leaves them with a good impression and they may think of us in the future or refer us to others for just being friendly sellers.

Any tips for creating your brand identity?
The bowling lane has become a key part of our business. It’s very unique, though not for everyone- it’s an item unique to us around these parts.

How do you create a repeat buyer?
I try to be super friendly—good customer service goes a long way. I don’t pressure buyers and wish them good luck even when not purchasing from us, I think it leaves them with a good impression and they may think of us in the future or refer us to others for just being friendly sellers.

What do your listings on Krrb need to have in order to sell?
Good photos and enough information to keep the emails brief so buyers don’t have to ask a million questions—the ad should speak for itself.

What is the most difficult item you’ve had to sell?
A huge 4-foot tall wooden wheeled fire extinguisher from the early 1900s. It eventually sold, but took a while to find the right buyer.

Tell us about the best sale you’ve ever had.
A large quantity of bowling wood to a company in Chelsea which was doing a huge renovation using all reclaimed materials.

 

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