May 15, 2021
“Jonathan Cristopher (@arcinthesky) and Doctor Fugazi are leading our fight against modern-day reprints. They will be spearheading a team whose job it is to ensure that BIDSTITCH is a home for authentic vintage. As we grow we’ll be adding more authentication experts for different sectors of the vintage market. If you think you have what it takes, email us: email@example.com”
May 7, 2021
“Once a month BIDSTITCH will send a newsletter to subscribers with in-depth coverage of emerging trends in the reprint market, events to be on the lookout for, editorials from contributors, and hot topics. A consistent source of information featuring quality content and contributions has long been overdue. As the vintage market grows, so does the need to be informed. Stay informed. Shop informed…”
May 5, 2021
“Each week a new seller will be featured and profiled on the front page of BIDSTITCH. Our goal isn’t to showcase the biggest. It’s to shine a spotlight on the best of the new, the young and the emerging. We have a team that will be hand-picking verified sellers for a chance to be featured. It’s not about followers it’s about quality.”
May 3, 2021
“The major platforms have done nothing to combat the growing reprint market. We will. We have a team of authentication experts who will be ready to delete listings and/or ban users guilty of dealing with fugazi. We can’t do this alone so BIDSTITCH will be crowdsourcing the authentication experience. Notice something that looks wrong? Flag it and we’ll take over from there. Fuck the fakes.”
April 30, 2021
“A free service giving users a hub to share photos, finds, and insights. The vintage community goes beyond clothes. It’s about building relationships and exchanging ideas. This is YOUR platform. We want to create a place for free and open discussion about the things you’re passionate about.”
*The IG update then invites users to visit their story and help suggest a name for the forum.
April 29, 2021
Become a trusted seller by becoming Bidstitch Verified.
“No physical store? No problem. We will be working with IG dealers to verify their virtual shop so buyers know you’re legit. When creating your virtual shop you’ll be asked to include your IG. A team member will then inspect your page. After review, we will add you to our verified list and provide you with a unique badge. We don’t care whether you promote your IG on Bidstitch. We aren’t transaction driven. What drives us is service. Power to the seller.”
April 27, 2021
Bidstitch will operate as a monthly $9.99 subscription plan for sellers. And only sellers need a subscription, buyers don’t require one.
“Bidstitch will offer a $9.99 monthly subscription plan allowing sellers to post unlimited auctions and listings. This means we won’t be imposing our own transaction fees. No transaction fees. No bullshit.”
April 19, 2021
There have been rumblings for a few weeks in the vintage community about a new platform for selling vintage clothing. Terren Urlacher aka the @thriftlord has hinted at it several times via his IG stories by asking his followers about their marketplace platform pet peeves. And the peeves were plentiful. Eventually, he flat out hinted that a solution was in the works.
What is Bidstitch?
“Bidstitch” is a vintage clothing marketplace platform is set to launch in June 2021.
Digging deeper through the platform’s IG account @bidstitch we find out a little about what they’re up to.
“If you have ever sold or purchased on any of the major platforms, chances are you’ve been hit with excessive fees, hidden costs, and a poor user experience.
The major platforms continue to take more from sellers without offering much in return. They forgot that YOU are their most important user.
It’s time to take the power back.”
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The account’s first IG post which is a slide of 7 images also breaks down the commissions you’re paying at Grailed, Depop, Etsy, and eBay.
“With more states instituting sales tax, shipping costs going up, and higher costs caused by claims from ever-more-frequent shipping backlogs, the impact of the platforms fee hikes hit harder than before.”
“CHANGE IS COMING,” says the final slide followed by “Sellers be ready!”
Look, I’ve been selling on eBay since 1999. My frustrations with that system are decades old. It was one of the inspirations for attempting to launch a marketplace of our own back in 2011. So this is exciting stuff. I’ve always thought there should be something truly specific to vintage clothing. And I think the timing is perfect. Heck, I’m even excited and I am so burned out from listing shirts that I’ve pretty much sworn I’d never do it anymore. But the stacks of vintage t-shirts sitting in storage keep calling out to me. Maybe this is where they’ll end up.
Who is involved?
Well, given this news is coming from The Thrift Lord, you can bet he is in some fashion. One hint about other players could be who the Bidstitch IG account is following. Our pal @drewheifetz is among that list as well as: @futurepastnyc, @privilegedvintage, @vintage_heatwave, @crazylokovintage, @knownbadboy, and @vtgcartoons.
You can also punch in your email and phone number at their website to get updates.