Spaces consignment presents
intriguing array out of the way
SUN NEWS/PLAIN DEALER
Shoppers must look up in order to see the array of chairs.
If you woke up tomorrow morning and discovered you won the lottery, I have an idea as to where you might want to shop.
Run right over to Spaces Consignment Showroom at 16605 West Park Circle Drive (directly behind Schneider Saddlery) off East Washington in Bainbridge.
Spend your wad on whatever meets your fancy and then move out of town. Go to a city where no one knows you and I guarantee that once you furnish your new domicile with your purchases from Spaces, your new neighbors will all assume you are old money with important relatives.
I have lived in Auburn Township for seven years. For seven years I have driven past this shop and was never tempted to drop in. A colleague from Sun News suggested I might do that.
So I did last week.
What a smorgasbord of furnishings I found within the walls of this store.
There are period pieces starting with the 1700s plus everything from mirrors and chandeliers to Italian pottery, fine art and estate jewelry.
My first question to Trina Miller, proprietor and auctioneer extraordinaire, was why this location? Her answer was simply, "We keep our costs down to give our clients better prices." This I believe.
Everything is priced to move and if you are educated about designer names in furniture and know your antiques, this is a place to find your next treasure. Another Miller philosophy: She will never sell a piece of furniture that she wouldn't take a nap on herself.
Everything I examined certainly met that standard. Karen Bresler and Bill Jeffries are her associates and Miller takes great pride in talking about their expertise. Among her many duties, Bresler takes charge of all the designer handbags and jewelry that come to the store as consignment merchandise. Jeffries is the guy who sets up the showroom and hunts out new merchandise. He is also the person who decided to hang chairs from the ceiling.
Just to give you a tiny sample of the goodies inside the walls of this building, I will mention the following items for sale: A black, hand painted, four paneled, screen made of rosewood and inlaid with mother of pearl was priced at $600. The appraisal price at market value for this item is $2,000. An Italian, hand painted set of pottery with more than 55 pieces that includes plates, cups, saucers, etc. was priced at $1,200. A Porcelain chandler from France that was never uncrated from its original packing box is priced at $3,800. The original price was $24,000.
Miller and associates do appraisals, clean-out liquidation and real estate preparation. Their promise: We work for you.
Store hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays to Saturdays, and noon to 5 on Sundays. Private showings by appointment. Call (440) 543-1902 or log ontospacesconsignment.com.
WHAT'S THE SCOOP? Primitive Keepings, 2768 Pearl Road, Medina, will hold its annual FallHarvest Festival from 11 am to 6 pm September 19 and 20. A group ofartisans specializing in primitive decor will be demonstrating their craftsand there's a big sale in the shop. Call (330) 764-7337 or visit primitivekeepings.com.
Rosemary Downing welcomes comments, questions and suggestions by simply sending those to her e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org.