In order that participating in our monthly markets is a fun and positive experience for all, we have set out some guidelines which we ask traders and sellers to adhere to.
BUYING IN THE MARKET
A Virtual Vintage Market hosts monthly markets on Instagram. Each trader has their own virtual stall which is posted to our Instagram feed – we call this the carousel post. You can virtually meet each brand and browse their stock before heading over to their page to shop.
Do not be afraid to ask plenty of questions – check measurements and for any flaws too. It is beneficial to have an idea of your own measurements so that you can snap things up quickly and not miss out!
Check traders’ policies before committing to a purchase – while some traders happily do returns (with a small restocking fee at times), others have an all transactions final policy.
All transactions are strictly between buyers and sellers via the traders’ pages. When purchasing from a trader, you are agreeing to their shop policies – these will vary from trader to trader so please ensure you check before purchasing.
A Virtual Vintage Market is not involved with transactions, shipping nor do we take a commission from each transaction. We are not an e-commerce platform and therefore are unable to enforce a platform sales policy or monitor transactions.
SELLING IN THE MARKET
There is an application form which traders complete and submit. Traders need an Instagram account for their business. Traders do not have permanent stalls and there is no waiting list. Traders include an example of their media.
We announce traders on our feed after they have confirmed their place. Traders are asked to set aside exclusive pieces for the market, and to promote their participation in the market as much as possible. We will re-post any tagged images to our story.
Your virtual stalls are a carousel style post – there is a store front with your name, an introduction video so that customers can virtually meet you and then images/videos and stock. These carousel posts are posted to the feed on market day and remain there permanently.
Set up a stall as though you were at a market (if you have access to your studio or shop then you can trade from there). Post items to your stories and feed, with information like pricing and sizing easily accessible to customers.
Its completely up to you how you present your stock – some traders like to dress up, others present it in static images on mannequins. We encourage videos as this is more like a market where traders and customers interact.
We will not be re-posting to our stories on the day, all activity will be strictly between traders and customers via the trader Instagram accounts.