Consignment stores in Lodi offer local residents an opportunity to sell household goods, and buyers the chance to purchase quality vintage and new items.
In November 2006, New and Again Consignment Furniture Gallery on School Street was the first consignment shop to open in Lodi. Since then, others have opened, including Lodi Junction on School Street and Devine Home and Garden on Oak Street.
New and Again has more than 3,500 consigners who have brought in items to sell. Owner Hayley Jackson recently answered some basic questions about consignment items.
What are your top sellers?
The main items that get snapped up quickly are vintage and retro dining room sets and dinette sets.
"Some people feel more comfortable buying that than furniture with fabric," Jackson said. "People tend to take better care of wood items, like dressers, nightstands and book cases."
Another thing that always sells quickly is rotary phones. Jackson said people want them for different reasons, whether it reminds them of their childhood or they want a landline phone in case of a natural disaster.
The store also sells Victorian sofa sets, gas lamps that have been rewired for electric, antique dressers and mirrors.
Newer items include bar stools, recliners, beds (with queen-size being the most popular), book cases and desks.
Also, because it is Lodi, anything with grapes tends to sell quickly.
Why shop consignment?
When it comes to furniture, pieces made even 10 years ago tend to be more high-quality than today's furniture.
"There are so many different styles, and the quality is better. Even the sofas were made better then with more construction and heavier fabric," Jackson said.
The prices are also lower for quality furniture.
"You can get a a beautiful antique armoire for $300 and it's solid wood. It has a beautiful design and a story to tell," Jackson said.
Why sell consignment?
For sellers, the advantage of displaying an item in a store is that strangers do not have to come to see the item during a garage sale or off of Craigslist.
"We definitely hope to get more for the items than a garage sale (or) Craigslist," Jackson said. "As a seller, you have a chance to earn money for redundant items you are not using around your home. Consignment takes the stress and burden away from doing it yourself."
Because the store is open 7 days a week, it makes it easier for more buyers to look at items, rather than sellers having to arrange specific times. Also, people often consign items when they are moving or want them out of their home immediately.
"The items are out of the way. You don't have to look at it any longer or have to wait 2-3 weeks to move it out of the garage," she said.
I have an item I want to consign. How do I do it?
At New and Again, sellers usually call first and either email or bring in photos of the piece, or arrange for the shop to come look at it. Jackson said the store previews every item because she does not want sellers hauling large pieces of furniture to the store only to find out New and Again will not sell them.
Once it is previewed, the piece will be displayed in the store until it is sold, which can take anywhere from a day to a couple of months.
The store frequently has items that do not end up selling. In that case, the seller can either come pick them up or agree to donate them to the American Cancer Society, which owns a store in Stockton.
Sometimes the store will also slash the price at a warehouse sale during the first weekend of the month to encourage buyers. This month's sale is happening today and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.