Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Old Western Consignment

WANTED

Western Wear and Accessories
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 We are currently looking for old vintage or gently used Cowboy Boots 
Cowboy Hats (straw, oil cloth, leather or felt), BeltsSpursConchos 
and all types of western clothing (shirts, blouses, skirts). 
We have a plan that we're not quite ready to reveal but it will be so cool and fun.
If you are ready to part with any of these items, please click on this link I've Got Boots 
and let us know what you have. If you want to send photos you can. 
Let us know the best way to reach you in case we need to set up an appointment. 
We will put on consignment or buy outright.
 Let's see what kind of response we get and... 
...let's see whatcha got!!
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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Thank You!

Thank You. Thank You. Thank you.
A few weeks back we got a call that we had won the 1st runner up in the Best of New Haven Living Readers Poll, and we were shocked! When they told us we got 1st runner up in the Best of Retail Antiques Category we were blown away, and we still are.   
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To those of you who took the time to fill out surveys or ballots or whatever you did-you're the real winners. Quite honestly we don't keep up on these things because we're too busy making sure that we have quality consignments here every time you come. We are so proud that you voted us among the best. That is something money can't buy.

We'd like to congratulate all the winners especially Carol at English Building Market and Sally Goodman who we graciously stand with in this category. Thanks again. 
Consign & Design customers are the best ever!

Friday, May 29, 2015

Rethinking A Sideboard

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Cherry Sideboard
Reusing. Repurposing. Repainting. Refinishing. Restyling. Rethinking. Read on...

Let's say you find a used mahogany sideboard. Traditionally used in a dining room, this piece has drawers for flatware and linens. Some even have doors with shelving that hold larger pieces. Some were built with a high exposed leg, others with storage and drawers to the floor. Here are some ways to rethink a sideboard:

Friday, May 22, 2015

Used Furniture Budget?

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Gooseneck Arm Chair
Just because it's used furniture doesn't mean you shouldn't have a budget. Consignment furniture and used furniture stores carry a variety of price ranges on their pieces so you should  go in with an idea of what you want to spend.

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Faux Marble Top Sideboard
A cherry sideboard may be a higher priced item than an upholstered side chair. A solid mahogany coffee table may have a higher price than a painted pine coffee table of the same size. And don't forget delivery fees. If you can't get it yourself you'll have to pay delivery fees which add to the cost of the piece.

Monday, April 27, 2015

What's Not Hot.

You probably know that the greatest generation is passing, and the baby boomers are downsizing. They're getting rid of the mahogany china cabinets, cherry curios, and everything that's in them! There are very few china patterns that are still desirable, and the ones that are can't be put into a dishwasher.


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Bottom of McCoy Pitcher
Crystal? Nope. Galway and Waterford are every where. Baccarat and Tiffany are the only ones to get excited about but you'll pay top dollar. No bargains except on the ones that no one wants.


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Roseville Magnolia
Pottery? Most of the names you know; Roseville, Hull, Hall, McCoy. They've lost up to  half their value.

Hummels? Only the ones with the very early hallmarks have held their value. They too have lost up to 1/2 their value.

Depression Glass. A big seller and very desirable at one time - now the pricing causes depression - just kidding. But it's not a good market at all.

With the advent of the internet, there is a lot more on the market and a lot less buyers.




Monday, April 13, 2015

What Is Provenance?

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Empire Butler Service
Often times a customer will ask about the history of a piece of furniture in the store. And I will tell them about Provenance. Provenance is the place of origin or earliest known history of something, the beginning of something's existence, or a record of ownership.


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Flame Mahogany Butler Service
In the used furniture business it means where was it bought, what is the name of the company who made it? Who owned it and how was it used? Any paperwork or bill of sales are great to have to validate and authenticate certain pieces. Folks who buy used furniture like to have the story associated with it.