New or used? It’s hard to tell when you first walk into an unusual new furniture shop off Bergen Parkway.
It’s New To Me opened in October in the space formerly occupied by Blue Spruce Market at 1552 Bergen Parkway, next to the Wood Cellar.
“We only accept things that are in great condition and only quality furniture,” said co-owner Mary Boland, an artist-turned-entrepreneur.
Boland herself makes quite a portrait, fashionably dressed and seated in a chair next to her perfectly behaved black and white terriers, also seated in a chair together and adorned with stylish bandanna neck scarves.
The appealing store looks like a new-furniture showroom, not a cluttered bargain emporium, but the goods have spent some time in other people’s houses before being adopted out to new owners.
Boland’s business partner and co-owner, Kevin Bryan, has owned an interior-design business, GoGetters Design Group of Conifer, for 15 years. The two have worked together on home-design projects for five years, and their designer eyes really show in the way the items are displayed.
It’s New To Me fills the niche formerly occupied by Design Repeats, which had a space in Bergen Village for many years. Design Repeats moved to Centennial at County Line Road and South Colorado Boulevard a few months ago.
“When Design Repeats moved down the hill, we thought we could do this, so we did,” Boland said.
The store accepts antiques, Amish pieces, beds, prints, lamps, pictures, sofas, cabinets, rugs, tables and pillows for sale. Styles range from antique to contemporary and mountain rustic.
“I don’t care, as long as it’s in really good condition,” Boland said.
On display two weeks before Christmas were objects from Old Hickory Tannery, Ethan Allen, pine corner cabinets from Ireland of Irish pine, original, framed prints and Horchow catalog items.
The prices range from about half to 75 percent off what one would pay for new in the furniture store. Four upholstered dining room chairs were $300 each, down from $800 new. Two leather love seats were marked $1,450 each, compared to $3,000 new. Large rugs were available for $300 at the low end to $2,900 for a Persian all-wool, 8-foot-round shaped rug.
Boland encourages sellers to take photographs of their items so she can see them on the Internet before accepting them for sale.
On Wednesday, Dec. 16, a couple from Evergreen were perusing the inventory for new pieces to add to the china hutch and teak desk they had purchased a few weeks ago.
“Mary has a bubbly personality, and its fun to come in and talk to her,” said shopper Rob Bender, who wasn’t buying anything in particular.
The inventory changes constantly as items are sold, and new deliveries come in on a frequent basis.
It’s New To Me
Open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Closed on Mondays.