LANCASTER- Walking into Della’s Consign Home Décor & Gifts in Depew, customers will be taken back by what the store has to offer and you may even question if you’re in a consignment store.
Bringing a modern feel to consignment shopping, Owner and Depew resident Della Miehs opened her store about six weeks ago and has filled her store with beautiful home décor items, small furniture such as chairs, bookcases, coffee tables, pictures, lamps, end tables, lamps, etc., and she is looking for more.
“If you can fit it in your car bring it here,” remarked Miehs, noting however that a picture of the furniture is helpful before the customer brings it in.
To help the customers, Miehs has set up items according to style and created vignettes.
“I try to give people ideas,” said Miehs. “I try to put colors together. I try to put the coastal with the coastal and the modern with the modern and traditional, because everybody has different tastes.”
She also sells and accepts women’s clothing, scarves, and handbags, whether they are brand new with the tags still on or as she said, “gently loved.”
Sticking by the motto “if it’s no longer becoming to you, it should be coming to us,” Miehs explained that most of us have clothing in our closet’s that we don’t wear for one reason or another and they just end up taking up space. And if you don’t want as one option to donate it, why not bring it to her and sell it.
Clothing should be brought in on hangers and as well as home furnishings should be clean and ready to be put out on the floor.
“I do everything for you. Instead of listing on Craigslist or having a yard sale, avoid strangers, and phone calls,” said Miehs. “Drop it off and I will do all the work, pricing, and merchandising. I have a Face book page that displays new items in our shop and I interact with the customers.”
The listing is under Della’s Consign Home Décor & Gifts.
Inspecting anything that is brought in twice, Miehs is selective in the items she chooses so she is able to offer quality home furnishings and women's clothing at a bargain. Most of her items are under $10, but some things are a little higher, just because of the type of item it is.
“People who have no idea of what consignment is are happily surprised at the selection and prices,” commented Miehs, adding there are new items out on the floor every day.
For those who would like to consign an appointment is not necessary. Items are priced by Miehs, which is about one third of the actual retail price. Items will be displayed for 60 days at the original price. After 60 days, they will be discounted 50 percent and displayed for another 30 days. If at any time you do not want your merchandise discounted you may pick it up for a $5 fee and a two day notice. If it doesn’t sell the consigner can choose to pick it up or donate it.
“We strive to provide a clean, organized, and friendly shop to display your items and we track and account for each item you bring in,” said Miehs. “You will be able to look at your account activity online on my resale web.”
The profits from a sold item are split right down the center, Miehs receives 50 percent and the consigner receives 50 percent.
“It is a win-win situation, because the consigner and I make money and the customer saves money, which is exactly what we need in today’s economy,” said Miehs.
Prior to opening the store, Miehs worked as a secretary for 40 years. As many of us know unexpected events happen in life and Miehs was laid off. Knowing she didn’t want to be a secretary again, Miehs began to think about her options.
“I like to shop, I like to decorate, and I like to look for a bargain so I decided to do something that incorporated all of that,” said Miehs. “This was perfect. This is what I wanted to do.”
As a new business owner, Miehs said it has been a wonderful and fun experience, commenting that, “if this is the beginning I am all for it, I really am.”
To contact Della’s Consign Home Décor & Gifts call 310-1005 or visit the Web page at www.dellasconsignhomedecorgifts.yolasite.com/. The store, located at 6160 Transit Road, in Depew, is opened from noon to 6 p.m. Monday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.