Before opening her own shop, Liz Bannon had experienced both sides of furniture consignment – as both a seller and a buyer.
So after her favorite consignment store suffered a devastating fire, she decided to take her passion for decorating with previously-owned items to the next level.
Bannon opened Paso Robles’ Consignage Home and Garden Consignment in March of this year. Because she also owns Lombardi’s restaurant, she hired Lecia Brannon to manage the business.
Located in a warehouse with an approximately 2,000-square-foot showroom, the shop had plenty of space to fill.
“It looked like a giant empty space for a couple of weeks back in February, but we used different social media to let people know we were looking for consignments,” said Brannon. “It started slowly, but it’s snowballed into three or four appointments a day.”
Five months after opening, Bannon and Brannon can afford to be more choosy. Most furniture is in excellent condition – especially upholstered pieces. There are plenty of high-quality, solid wood furnishings on the floor. They do accept a few items that are structurally sound or unique in design, yet have minor cosmetic flaws. These items, said Brannon, often get snapped up by hobbyists looking for a refinish project.
Consignage shies away from anything too high-end, including valuable antiques.
“There are so many great antique stores here that can handle that,” said Brannon. “We want to offer real life stuff at real life prices.”
They like to keep a broad range of styles on the floor including rustic, contemporary, traditional, Tuscan, cottage and shabby chic. You’ll find newer pieces as well as vintage items.
The ever-changing inventory at Consignage includes bedroom furniture, dining furniture, seating, storage, office furniture and accent pieces. But it also encompasses a wide range of home accents including rugs, draperies, lighting, art, tableware and baskets.
Each transaction is a win-win-win situation for everyone involved. Sellers take home 60 percent of profits for a minimal investment of time and effort. And buyers get an item for their home for what Brannon estimates is 60 to 70 percent less than what the piece would fetch if new.
Brannon said business has been brisk, thanks in part to a nationwide trend toward saving money by buying secondhand items.
“Why buy new when there are so many outlets for good quality stuff for so much less?” she said.
Consignage Home and Garden Consignment is located at 1041 Paso Robles Street in Paso Robles, (805) 239-2343.