Rebecca Barnett, Sun Sentinel
July 1, 2008
Wow factor: If you're a D.I.Y. decorator, you'll have a blast searching through this consignment shop, with its vast inventory of gently used pieces and mint-condition collectibles mixed with some new items. The cozy two-room storefront is packed with vintage chic furnishings such as a Bombay-style chest with a hand-painted nature scene ($250) and quirky knickknacks such as a poodle figurine ($5).
The store carries handbags, costume jewelry pieces, CDs and books. Need quick gifts to go? There also are scented candles and handblown-glass paperweights. You won't find clothing, though. "We mostly concentrate on home decor," co-owner Christine Quatrini said.
Background: A garage sale devotee, Quatrini turned her weekend jaunts into a full-time business, catering to bargain hunters at a home furnishings store called Catch My Thrift in Dania Beach. After an eight-year run, she sold the shop in 2004 to concentrate on property management. But the call of consignment was too strong. She enlisted her fiance, Dominick Masi, to start anew last summer with Thriftarella's. "I've returned to my thrifty roots," she said.
Who's that girl?: The store is named after a mannequin that's been with Quatrini since her Catch My Thrift days. Back then, Quatrini had organized a name-the-mannequin fundraising contest. Now, the mannequin's back in action, in the front window of her new home, her long auburn locks topped with a cowboy hat in honor of downtown Davie's Old West-themed setting.
Editor's picks: Bruce Lee slot machine ($150); life-size Star Wars Yoda sculpture ($399 or best offer); free-standing gum-ball machine ($100); Irish-imported Royal Tara tea set ($125); rhinestone-embedded, gold-tone trumpet lapel pin ($4)
Good deals: The store has monthly drawings for $25 gift certificates.
-- Beth Feinstein-Bartl
Address: 4468 Davie Road (Southwest 64th Avenue), Davie
Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday
Owners: Christine Quatrini and Dominick Masi
Contact: thriftarellas.webs.com, myspace.com/thriftarellas or 954-587-0818