Home and Design Center makes room for consignment

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By Vicky Gits

The Rocky Mountain Home and Design Center across from Ski Country Antiques has opened a consignment department, Consign of the Times, on the second floor in 8,000 square feet of light-filled warehouse space at the Floyd Hill exit off I-70.

Consign of the Times is the second consignment furniture store to open in the Evergreen/Idaho Springs area in the last six months, along with It’s New To Me, which opened last October in the former Blue Spruce Market on Bergen Parkway.

With high ceilings, timber motif and a picture window framing snowy Floyd Hill, the design center is the perfect showcase for several hundred pieces of second-hand household goods the owners have collected and assembled for sale in a few weeks.

“We are hoping to attract a wide range of people looking for high-end styles as well as reasonably priced things,” said Kate Nickels, consignment manager. “It’s higher quality than a thrift store but not that expensive.”

Nickels, came to the design center originally with the idea of opening a booth to sell some of her collectibles. But after talking to design-center co-owner Linda Johnston, they decided to join forces in a consignment venture.

“We were getting more and more people who were looking for quality used items for their second homes and condos,” said Johnston, who has lived on Floyd Hill since 1982.

Johnston and her husband, George Johnston, are co-owners with Brian Kleinwachter in the design center building.

Furniture offerings include antiques, leather couches, dining tables, log furniture, Mexican rustic, French country, retro, mid-century, colonial hardwood, oak, Amish, resort condo and overstuffed. Glassware, framed art, statuary and ski memorabilia are artfully arranged.

A large number of items recently were obtained from wealthy owners who decided to liquidate the contents of their second homes in Vail and Steamboat Springs. A woodworker from Lower Downtown Denver brought in some handmade, heirloom-quality tack boxes, a burlwood pedestal and rustic cocktail tables from exotic wood.

Prices range from $395 for an oak dining table to $900 for a corner hutch. A rustic pine Mexican bench goes for $510. A solid maple dining set is $325. A massive French country desk in pine is $2,800.

“There’s no shoddy merchandise — just things that last,” Nickels said.

The second floor also contains a large number of antique and collectibles vendors who rent and manage their own spaces, which about doubles the furniture options.

A retired medical librarian who gave up a high-powered, stress-filled corporate job, Nickels is loving her role as caretaker for this family of castoffs seeking new homes. She has experience as an eBay trading assistant and loves shopping for antiques and researching the values of old things. She even does appraisals for free for customers who bring things to the store. She has staged estate sales for people going through foreclosures, helping to find “hidden treasures” that could help fund a new living space.

“It all just happened really fast,” Nickels said. “It all fell into place.”

Consign of the Times follows in the footsteps of Evergreen’s other famous consignment store, Design Repeats, which moved to Littleton last year. It’s New To Me on Bergen Parkway next to the Wood Cellar opened in October to sell upscale used furniture in a designer setting.

Barbara Schneider, who also works at the design center, has experience in retail staging and helps put the furniture together to make it look trendy and showroom-worthy.

“People are into things not being so matchy-matchy anymore. They like a mix of wood and various periods,” Schneider said.

Contact Vicky Gits at 303-350-1042 or vicky@evergreenco.com.