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Portland's best consignment stores

June 3, 2017

 

 

A couple weeks ago I had some tips for you about how to shop for furniture at consignment stores, and now that you're all excited to go shopping, today I’m back with a list of some of the best and/or fun furniture consignment stores in the greater Portland area.  (And if you're nowhere near Portland, Oregon, you'll find a few interesting photos and some chuckles if you keep reading.)

 

Here’s a few stores I like and a few others I found online I can't wait to check out:

 

Upscale Consignment

This store is located in Gladstone not too far off 205. You’ve probably seen their sign from the freeway - - next to that ginormous inflatable of the two creepy looking people in the hot tub. But I digress.

 

Upscale Consignment has been around a while and carries lots of nice furniture and accessories and plenty of brand names you’d recognize.  Here’s one of their blog posts about how to buy and sell at a consignment store.

 

Their website has TONS of items posted. I was having so much fun looking through all the great stuff, I decided to try to put a whole room together just from items they’re showcasing.  Here’s what I came up with:

 

 "Mid-Century Modern/Rustic Eclectic," anyone?!  :-D

 

Upscale Consignment isn’t as big as some other stores in town, but they’ve always had a nice selection whenever I’ve been in there, and they're definitely worth checking out. ESPECIALLY their website.

 

Consignment NW

This place is HUGE (17,000 SF!) and they've got exceptional and unusual furniture from all over the world. They also carry fine jewelry and have their own gemologist. Diamonds, woo hoo!  They’re the people who had these orange chairs I loved but didn't have room for:

 

 

Their website didn’t show nearly as many current items as some of the others, so I guess we’ll just have to use that as an excuse to go on over to the store and do some shopping!

 

Hearts Décor & SOS Moving

I had coffee a few weeks ago with Robbin Martell of Heart’s Décor Consignment in the Gateway area. Their focus goes way beyond simply selling stuff on consignment - - they are primarily a turnkey service for seniors who are transitioning into different lifestyles: downsizing and moving into retirement communities, for example.

 

They do EVERYTHING from de-cluttering to space planning to estate sales to packing and unpacking, and on and on. Their consignment store is just one service they provide for their clients. I was VERY impressed with their operation. (I’m actually in the middle of creating their new website for them, a little something I do in all my free time. And no, Robbin isn’t paying me to say all this stuff about her!)

 

Anyway, Heart’s Décor has a little bit of everything and they’re a fun place to check out if you’re in the neighborhood.

 

Rerun

I haven’t been into this hipster looking place yet, but Rerun is definitely going on my Field Trip Friday list. Not only do they have a lot of retro stuff, but they also take pride in being a part of the community by hosting events, free activities for kids and discounts for teachers.  Here’s a fun little excerpt from their website:

 

What happens when you combine the thousands of shoppers and our colorful staff is something much bigger than the space… Inside our doors, we have:

  • reunited 80 year old childhood friends

  • sold a 75 year old woman a yearbook from her graduating class, to replace the one she lost when all of her possessions were burned up in a fire.

  • allowed a venue for a 19 year old punk rock girl and a 65 year old housewife to exchange fashion tips.

 

And here’s a couple of their unique items for sale (Anyone a fan of Grimm?!):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Someone needs to run a spell check on the word "altar"!

 

What’s New? Furniture

What's New? is located on busy SE Grand Street and sells both consigned furnishings and décor as well as new, custom-made-for-you sofas and chairs, most relatively contemporary. And just for fun, they’re all named after Portland streets and neighborhoods.

 

Here’s a sofa called “Burnside” in one of my bestie colors:

 

 

La Maison

I don’t get over to Beaverton that often, so it’s been awhile since I’ve been into the La Maison showroom, but if you’re into traditional and European style furniture, this place is for you. They’ve got some amazing pieces in their online gallery ... and then there's little gem too!

 

 

Words fail me at this moment. 

 

I can go on and on, but we don’t have all day. Here are a few more local consignment stores worth checking out if you're interested:

 

Seams to Fit Home - High end designer furniture just off NW 23rd

Consignment Gallery  - Another well established showroom in Portland

Divine Consign - They donate their proceeds to local charities and are actually in Vancouver

 

Consider consignment

If you have some quality, lightly used items you’re thinking about selling, consignment might be for you. No worries about having scary, Craigslist strangers in your house, no time consuming garage sales - - someone else does the work for you, and you make a little cash. What's not to like about that?

 

Check out these store’s websites for lists of things they’ll accept, their consignment policies, commissions, etc. since they're all a little different.

 

Do you shop consignment stores? Got a favorite I missed? Leave me a comment below!  

 

And if you'd like some help finding just the right furniture pieces for your home, get a hold of me and let's chat.  :-)

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