As I have mentioned before, the best part of moving into a new space is redecorating. It’s really become all about the thrill of the hunt. My sister and I have a pinboard, and I go back and forth with her and a few other design-obsessed friends all day long, stalking the perfect items. eBay has turned out to be one of the best resources for all things vintage and whenever I find something I love that is sold out. A lot of the furniture I’ve chosen is very clean and modern. That’s beautiful, but I still want the space to have character. So I’m relying on vintage items to do that. Think milk glass champagne goblets, vintage pineapple lamps from the Regency Hotel, and Slim Aarons prints. It’s been really fun tracking down those perfect pieces and then figuring out where to put them.
Recently, through my partnership with eBay, I was introduced to their new ShopBot. You guys… this is cool. Like, really cool. Everyone has an app these days and none of them have knocked my socks off but this is really awesome. Essentially, you can take a photo of an item you see in real life, (or upload a photo of something you found on the Internet), and the bot will track it down. It’s basically like having a personal assistant who will do the grunt work for you. Truly just so cool.
The ShopBot “lives” inside of Facebook Messenger and is so easy to use.
You can just click this link (if you are on your phone)… or just open up Facebook Messenger (or download the app for iOS or Android). Go in and add “eBay ShopBot” as a friend, and then click “Start Shopping” to get a message from ShopBot – it’s pretty simple from there!
As I mentioned before, you can chat with the ShopBot to tell it what you are looking for, you can browse collections, or you can (my favorite option!) take a photo of something or upload a pic and it will find what you’re looking for. There are a million ways to use this. Imagine you’re at a museum and see a really cool piece of art. You could send it to the bot, and order a print off eBay within minutes. Or you are at a party but you don’t really want to ask the host where they got that really cool glassware. Send a photo of it to the bot. You’re on Pinterest and find the perfect side table but it isn’t linked for shopping. Upload the image to the bot. I could go on.
I decided to test the functionality on my banana leaf pillows. I love these pillows but I got the last set and they are now sold out. I am hoping to find two more to add to my dining room chairs when I’m not using them.
I took a photo and sent it to the bot.
I told it my color choice and price range and BOOM. Look what popped up. Pretty cool, huh? The future is definitely here… I am so excited about this fun new trick!
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