NEW YORK, Dec. 7, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Holiday shoppers who like to buy online but have been frustrated in their search for the perfect gift would be smart to visit Barnebys – at www.barnebys.com – a free, one-stop website that has gathered over 1,000 auction houses in one place, literally worldwide. Instead of bouncing from auction site to auction site, bidders and buyers simply go to Barnebys.
There, they can key in the search word that will lead them to their holiday treasure, be it a piece of fine art, an antique or collectible, or maybe not a gift at all but items needed to set the perfect holiday table. At any given time, there are over 400,000 items from more than 1,000 auction houses, all on one site. In November, for the first time, Barnebys had over one million visitors.
"We tell people, you're already digital, so take your search global," said Pontus Silfverstolpe, Barnebys' Director of Content and one of its co-founders. "The holidays are the perfect time to give Barnebys a try, to see how easy it is to navigate and discover how quickly one can find a great gift that was proving so elusive before. It's free, it's simple and it brings fabulous results."
Barnebys was co-founded in 2011 by Silfverstolpe and Christopher Barnekow, both successful businessmen and entrepreneurs in Sweden. It was Barnekow who came up with the idea, after going online to research a particular still-life painting. "It was extremely frustrating, just getting tossed from one site to the next," he said, "plus it was time-consuming. Finally, I just gave up."
An epiphany came when he asked himself, "Why isn't there a tool or a centralized search engine that can incorporate the lots of many auction houses?" As a seasoned expert in e-commerce in online marketing, Barnekow decided to create such a tool himself, but he needed someone who was experienced in the auction, fine art and antiques industries. Silfverstolpe was a perfect fit.
Today, Barnebys is in place in Scandinavia, the U.K., France, Germany, Spain and the United States. Further international expansion is planned for 2016. "When people started their Christmas shopping this year, we noticed a valuation shift," Barnekow said. "Now, people are willing to buy a ring for a loved one at auction, instead of from a high-end retailer. This applies to other items, too, from furniture to Louis Vuitton handbags to affordable china for your mother in law."
A recent trip to Barnebys revealed the following items for sale, any one of which would make a fine gift: a signed 1938 lithograph on Arches paper, framed, by Pablo Picasso (RoGallery.com); a pair of natural, .10-carat diamond solitaire stud earrings set in 14kt white gold (US Jewelry Liquidation); a silver dress ring set with various colored stones (Dickins Auctioneers); and a vintage brown leather speedy handbag by Louis Vuitton, with multiple carrier gates (Catawiki).
To learn more, or to start shopping, go to www.barnebys.com.
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