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by Jolene Hanig-Jones
I have recently discovered the treasures to be found at consignment shops. A good friend of mine has been an avid consignment shop customer for several years. Sue always finds the cutest things for exceptional prices. I encourage you to explore your local consignment shops for home decor items as well as for clothing, jewelry, children's clothes and so much more. I've been cleaning out closets lately and took my first batch of things to a local consignment shop, Designer Consignor LLC, 2858 Washington Road, McMurray, PA 15317 (724-299-3126). While perusing the shop, I was struck by the many treasures to be had in the shop. It really got my creative juices flowing. I'd like to share some of the finds and thoughts on how to use them in home decor.
I thought this was a great find. Wouldn't this be a beautiful piece in a child's nursery? I would encourage anyone decorating a child's room or nursery or playroom to shop consignment shops. I have seen some truly wonderful pieces at very reasonable prices.
I also spotted a delightful child-sized table and chairs. It would make a great first craft table or play table. Depending on your decor, it could be easily spray painted for an entirely different look. Painting it white would give it a fresh, new look. Children love bright colors. This would be a fun piece to go a little funky with color. I would love to customize this piece to match a playroom decor.
The hot pink chandeliers in the store are so cheerful and whimsical. Wouldn't it be fun to have one of these in a little girl's room? (This was my favorite color when I was five years old.)
The shop had some chandeliers for sale. Chandeliers can be found in consignment stores, thrift stores, flea markets, and second hand builder supply stores. One could easily transform a chandelier with spray paint to match your style. I have seen these repurposed for outdoor patios and porches. Mason jars can be added to give the lighting a rustic look. One could spray paint the chandelier in any number of hammered metal colors by Rustoleum, add the mason jars, and have a one-of-a kind chandelier. (Yes, Rustoleum does have a hammered silver spray paint that gives your piece the look of galvanized metal. I have used it and have loved the results.)
Since I'm on the subject of spray paint, isn't this pot fun? It is one of two pots flanking the doors of Designer Consignor LLC. I have used spray paint to update a few pots. Once again, the hot pink punch of colors has me thinking of what I might want to do with an interesting shaped pot. I know I saw some pots for sale in the shop. My husband often says I go shopping for ideas and this pot certainly gives me ideas!
This church caught my eye. It was sitting next to a wicker chair (which was also very cute). The chair height with the church gives you an idea of the scale of this piece. I would estimate it to be about 3 feet tall. This would be a fun piece to include with Christmas holiday decor. The bottom of the church has an opening, allowing easy access to the inside of the church. Yellow tissue paper or cellophane could be used to cover the windows on the inside. Next I would add a string of mini-lights to the inside, possibly attaching them with tape, or mini-hooks and you'd have a beautiful, warm glow emanating from the church. Spread some fake snow around the base, add a pine tree or two and you would be well on your way to a beautiful, holiday vignette.
I've shown you just a few examples of home decor items that I found in this one shop. There was so much more...designer jewelry, shoes, bags., and clothing. Some shops specialize in clothing and accessories. Others include furniture and home decor items. Many shops have children's clothing and toys. Shopping consignment stores can be fun and economical.
I did let my eyes wander around the jewelry cases and clothing. I was trying to resist purchasing any new clothing or accessories, as that was exactly what I was cleaning from closets this week. But...I have my eye on this cream colored sequined shawl. I think it would go perfectly with the turquoise sundress I am planning to wear to my brother's beach wedding. There were also two different turquoise sun hats that would look great and be very practical. Mm-m-m...very tempting.
The merchandise is always changing. It is good to stop in frequently or follow a store's page on Facebook. There really are some truly amazing deals to be had on quality items.
I'd like to offer a special thanks to some of the friendly faces at Designer Consignor LLC in Peters Township. From left to right are Maureen, Gussie, and Barb. Maureen and Gussie are two of the friendly sales associates in the store. Gussie is also a friend of mine who encouraged me to stop in and to bring some things to sell. Barb Gallo is the very welcoming shop owner. She has excellent taste in discerning quality items for resale. Thanks for letting me photograph some items in your store and share them in this post.
The icing on the cake may be the great people you meet while shopping. I find consignment shop owners and clerks to be very engaging, positive people. I enjoy the friendly exchange between customers in consignment shops. Shopping at consignment shops is truly like a treasure hunt. Take a friend and make a day of it.
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