Shop Real Time is an online pop-up shop that allows consumers to purchase items from a variety of international cities and also gives hands-on insight into what it's like to be a travelling buyer. Kay McGowan, who also runs the blog A Curated World, is utilizing social platform Pinterest to give her followers the chance to shop antique shops, artisan studios and flea markets in locales like Istanbul, Lima and Singapore -- in real time as McGowan visits these exotic places.
The unique buying opportunity Shop Real Time allows utilizes her Pinterest board as a shopping catalog. Pictures, prices and other relevant details like size and materials are made available. Interested customers email their top picks to McGowan to reserve them, who in turn will send them a PayPal invoice.