We were surprised at the end of last year to see how much our consignment business had grown.
Not every household can support an estate sale, and not everything in a house is appropriate to sell to the general public. For these situations, selling select vintage and collectible items in our retail galleries and shows is often a better alternative.
The client gets exposure to different customers, a professional selling agent, and anonymity. The collector buyer gets to see some of the most interesting and unusual items from the home in a venue where their value may be more highly perceived than in a house sale.
When we say interesting and unusual, we're not kidding! Items we place privately for clients range from built-in furniture to one-of-a-kind Northwest art, often from luxury homes where limited access makes a public sale impossible. Security concerns, sentimental attachment and family embarrassment are other reasons items might not be right for a house sale...Georgian silver, family photo albums and erotic Japanese shunga are examples of such items we quietly liquidate for clients.