Tired of the gold-leaf mirror on your dining room wall or the basic black dresses in your closet?
Want pretty decorative plates for that wall or a red silk jacket for those dresses?
Think consignment shops for selling good stuff you no longer want and for buying things to freshen your décor and wardrobe.
Stores like Chickadees in Williamsburg and The Stock Exchange in Newport News agree in a contract to sell an item on behalf of the owner for a percentage often 40 to 70 percent of the selling price. You keep the rest.
Here are some treasures we found when we made the rounds of some local consignment shops. Remember what you see today is often gone tomorrow with something new and exciting in its place.
Location: 6514 Richmond Road (Pavilion Shops in Lightfoot; adjacent to the New York Deli)
Owner: Julia Carter of New Kent County
Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday
Specialty: Furniture, china, crystal, silver, collectibles, artwork and home accessories; particularly good selection of children's items, including furniture, toys and dolls.
Good finds: Two framed prints of Queen Anne's lace, $20 each; decorative black lab plates, $15 each (Chickadees carries lots of pretty plates to hang on walls); vintage children's records that can decorate walls with titles like "This Little Pig" and "There Was An Old Woman," $5.95 each.
Info: firstname.lastname@example.org or 757-645-3365
Location: 311 Second St., Williamsburg
Owners: Jackie Hazeltine and Betty Stephans of James City County
Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, noon-4 p.m. Sunday
Specialty: Home décor consignments.
Good finds: English Spode china pieces with oval, scalloped-edge serving dish, $20; eight cups and eight sauces hand painted with roses and morning glories, $79; oversized chair with ottoman, $899.
Location: The Village Shops at Kingsmill (near East Baker Street consignment)
Owners: Cassandra Johnson of James City County and Tracey Kennedy of Norfolk
Hours: 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday
Specialty: Upscale resale women's fashions and accessories; consignment by appointment.
Good finds: Lilly Pulitzer sundress, $60; floral ballet-style flats, $12; and Shiraleah handbag, $50.
Location: 7628George Washington Highway (Route 17), York County
Owner: Susie Hightower of York County
Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Sat, noon-5 p.m. Sunday
Specialty: Antiques and home interiors marketplace in a 45,000-square-foot building; full-service interior design center.
Good finds: Acrylic painting of Venice, Italy, with gold-leaf frame, $1,295; oil paintings of herons and egrets in gold-leaf frames, $1,600 each; and a 7-by-11-foot silk rug with fringe in blues and creams, $6,750.
Info: www.galerialtd.com or 757-890-2950
THE STOCK EXCHANGE CONSIGNMENT SHOPPE
Location: 205 Harpersville Road, Newport News
Owner: Janice Richards of Newport News
Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday
Specialty: Vintage furniture, garden accessories, knickknacks, jewelry and clothing. Son Kirt Richards also crafts country, cottage, rustic and primitive-style furniture.
Good finds: Sofa with new off-white, brocade upholstery, $1,000; white-black enamel-top table with four chairs, $300; handmade West Virginia china cabinet, $1,500.
SHOP 'N' SHOP
Local consignment, resale, antique and thrift stores with home furnishings and accessories, women's fashions, jewelry, collectibles and children's items include:
Baby Barn, 123 N. Battlefield Blvd.; newborns-age 14 consignment clothes, furniture; 757-312-0005.
Better Homes & Bargains Consignment, 109 Volvo Parkway, Suite 2; furniture and home accessories; 757-548-6440.
Classy Way Fashion Boutique, 109 Volvo Parkway; clothing, furniture and home décor; 757-382-7686.
Fiddler Green Antiques, 5807 Fiddlers Green Road; 804-815-1786.
Holly Hill Farm, Route 14; farm atmosphere with primitives, glassware, furniture; www.hollyhill.biz or 804-695-1146.
Marketplace Antiques, Route 17, furniture and primitives; www.marketplaceantiques.com or 804-694-0544.
Wisteria Lane Antiques, 6568 Main Street, furniture, jewelry, whatnots; 804-413-1926.
Stagecoach Flea Market and Antique Village, Route 15, shops and outdoor vendors; 804-693-3951.
Return Engagements Antique Gallery, 118 Mellen St., Phoebus, glassware, furniture, jewelry, artwork; 757-722-0617.
Shabby Chic, 47 E. Queens Way; vintage furnishings and accessories; 757-727-0100.
Something Different, 19 E. Queens Way; Americana and vintage decor; 757-723-5451.
Act II, 10253 Warwick Blvd. (Hilton); women's clothes, jewelry, collectibles; 757-595-0507.
Blush Bridal Consignment Boutique, Port Warwick on Jefferson Avenue, mid-town; bridal gowns less than three years old, bridal party gowns and special-occasion gowns; 757-595-7797.
Fort Eustis Consignment Shop, Fort Eustis; clothing, household, toys, books; open to public; 757-887-0190.
Habitat ReStore, 9614 Warwick Blvd. (Hilton Shopping Center), Habitat for Humanity's resale store of building materials, lighting, furniture and accessories; www.helphabitatforhumanity.org/restore.html or 757-246-4955.
Rooms, Blooms & More, 10239 Warwick Blvd., (Hilton); consignment home furnishings and antiques; www.roomsbloomsandmore.com or 757-599-9299.
Tadpoles, 12715-B Warwick Blvd., newborn-size 10-12 clothing, baby furniture and accessories consignment, toys for older kids; www.tadpolesonline.com or 757-223-4794.
The Stock Exchange, 205 Harpersville Road, vintage furniture, home and garden décor, jewelry, clothing and handmade primitive furniture. 757-236-1357.
All Stitched Up, 775 Poquoson Ave.; consignment children's clothes, furniture, strollers, infant accessories; 757-868-8818.
The Shoppe on Wythe Creek, 501 Wythe Creek Road, collectibles, antiques and decorating accessories; 757-868-9751.
Laura & Lucy's Antiques, 333 Main St.; vintage, antiques, linens; 757-357-2068.
Mansion House Art and Antiques Gallery, 120 N. Church St.; estate jewelry, paintings, silver; www.mansionhouseartandantiques.com or 757-357-3968.
Olde House Antiques, 310 Main St.; glassware, art, linens; 757-353-1048.
Aladdin's Rug Bazaar and Consignment Market, 7131 Merrimac Trail, Oriental rugs and furniture; 757-206-1665.
Charlies Antiques, Route 60 in Toano, home and garden furniture and accessories; 757-566-8300.
Chickadees, Pavilion Shops in Lightfoot, furniture, china, silver, collectibles, children; 757-645-3365.
Clothes Tree, 170A Second St., women's fashions 2 petite-4X; 757-220-2119.
Dovetail Antiques, 7521 Richmond Road, clocks, tools, furniture; 757-565-3553.
East Baker Street, Village Shops at Kingsmill, consignment furniture; 757-258-0949.
The Wardrobe, Village Shops at Kingsmill, women's fashions; 757-220-0778.
Twice as Nice, 3705-A Strawberry Plains Road, consignment for women and children; www.twiceasniceconsignmentboutique.com or 757-565-1423
Velvet Shoestring, 311 Second St., home décor consignments; 757-220-9494.
Williamsburg Antique Mall in Lightfoot (near Williamsburg Pottery), specialty shops with period items; www.antiqueswilliamsburg.com or 757-565-3422.
Bargain Box, 222 Dare Road, clothes, toys, household, books; 757-898-8688.
Children's Castle, consignment newborn-juniors clothing, shoes, also formal wear for teens; 757-898-6614.
Bella's Boutique & Consignment Shop, handmade soaps, women's fashion's including formal attire, jewelry; 757-898-2857.
Galeria Ltd., lamps, art, furniture and accessories; www.galerialtd.com or 757-890-2950.
Pea Soup Children Boutique, baby gifts and clothing, cribs and changing tables; 757-875-7687.
All are located along Route 17
Swan Tavern Antiques, 300 Main St., Yorktown, period furniture and accessories; 757-3033.
Gin Tail Antiques, 114 Ballard St., Yorktown; 757-890-1335.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun