Every person should be aware of these five Minnesota consignment stores because they will be needed at one time or another in our lives. A previously published article, Best Vintage Stores In Minnesota, provides an excellent summary of where to find a potpourri of merchandize from yesteryear at bargain prices. But for consigning high-end valuables or for finding uncommon treasures, check out these five fabulous stores.
H & B Gallery
2730 Hennepin Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55408
The showroom of this 15,000-square-foot uptown institution is packed with the finest in antique furniture, artwork, china, sterling, crystal, jewelry, lighting and accessories from a broad spectrum of sources. H & B is also the authoritative source for selling. Any person seeking expertise about grandma’s high-end heirloom can seek out the advice of H & B Gallery Senior Appraiser Anthony Scornavacco. He is known and is sought out by antique organizations and art institutions nationwide. He also regularly participates in antique shows across the country. H & B is a reliable source for insurance claims, market pricing as well as estate sale prices. The firm oversees estate sales throughout the area and provides this prominent antique showroom as a backup.
The Gold Mine Antiques, Inc.
332 S. Broadway Ave.
Wayzata, MN 55391
Some astute individuals can pick up a piece of crystal and recognize it as a Steuben or a Waterford. But very few would have a clue as to its value. Fourteen women who have this wisdom have partnered to provide this marvelous estate sales and consignment service. Gold Mine is the place to start for selling an item of value. It is also an incomparable treasure trove of home accessories that
you could love for a lifetime. Precious items from the 18th, 19th and 20th century abound in this serene shop. Gold Mine regularly carries select pottery by Delft, Staffordshire or Red Wing; fine china from Lenox, Limoges or Royal Doulton; and authentic artifacts from Asia. For those who want to complete a set of sterling silver, Gold Mine has Gorham, Kirk Stieff, Mount Vernon, Reed & Barton, Towle, Tiffany, Wallace and Whiting. The many oils on display would delight the discerning art collector.
Turn Style Consignment Shops
2375 Fairview Ave. N.
Roseville, MN 55113
This locally owned merchant has expanded to around a dozen locations in the metro area. All stores offer a very large inventory of tastefully displayed quality designer label clothing. Home and Furniture can be found at Burnsville, Coon Rapids, Plymouth, Roseville, Southdale Square and Woodbury. Experienced staff is always available to give realistic appraisals of your furniture for consignment or to help you connect with the vintage piece you always wanted. Pick-up and delivery starts at $60. The Roseville store, pictured in this article, recently augmented its expansive Home and Furniture section for choice display.
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Encore Consignment Boutique
242 Hamline Ave. S.
St. Paul, MN 55105
Some retailers are so adept at satisfying their customers that they do not need to expend resources on web pages or advertising. Encore has maintained a viable business for 20 years by knowing its customers’ tastes and maintaining very strict consignment standards. Clothing and accessories are taken by appointment to ensure adequate time for trained staff to scrutinize each item. This small boutique restocks its designer racks daily with consistently high-quality brands of near-new women’s clothing in excellent condition.
4936 France Ave. S.
Edina, MN 55410
For the largest collection of very select merchandise for resale in the metro area, try Fashion Avenue. Owners Gretchen and Lee Weisman created this upscale consignment experience by developing a network of national and local sources of genuine brand name merchandise. Like most consignment shops, you have to dig and sort to find the item you want at a price you will pay. See Fashion Avenue 2 in downtown Wayzata for more fun shopping.
Robin Johnson was born in Annandale, Minn. and graduated from Richfield High School and then the University of Minnesota where he studied Political Science, Business and Industrial Relations. A writer for Examiner.com, he also consults with a variety of organizations and individuals helping them develop and grow. His work can be found at Examiner.com.