Consignment Collections: Consumer Therapy at Two Locations

Santa Barbara Consignment opened in September 2006 and its sister store, Consignment Collection of Summerland, opened in April of this year. Both hit the market as a pair of upscale consignment stores specializing in not only furniture, but also art, jewelry and collectibles. One store offers an abundance of merchandise in Downtown Santa Barbara while the other the refreshing ocean view and crisp interior of the higher-end commodities in Summerland.

Mother/daughter team Susan Margaret and Jennifer Adler opened the store last fall, mixing together Margaret’s experience as a consignor and background in art and interior design with Jennifer’s background in marketing, advertising and management. The store has become a meeting ground for friends and families.

“We love when our customers come in just to relax and chat. We call it ‘retail therapy,’” says Adler. “People can marvel at the merchandise and even reminisce when they see something that takes them back to a different time.”

The stores offer affordable antiques and collectibles from a variety of brands, including Thomasville, Crate & Barrel, Ethan Allen, Kriess, Hayward’s, PJ Milligan and Pottery Barn.

In June, Consignment Collection of Summerland will be hosting an open house, partnering up with such foundations as Ganna Walska Lotusland, Santa Barbara Symphony League, Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer 3 Day Walk and other local charities. Donors will be able to bring in items for consignment and all the proceeds from the sales will go to the organization of their choice.

“The open house will be a way for us to give back to a great town,” says Adler.

Both stores are open 10 am to 5 pm Monday-Saturday and 12 pm to 5 pm on Sunday, with extended hours throughout the summer. Santa Barbara Consignment Collection is located on 330 State Street and Consignment Collection of Summerland is located upstairs at 2560 Lillie Avenue.

For further information call 805-568-1425 (State Street) or 805-565-4900 (Summerland) or visit www.sbconsignment.com and www.consignmentcollection.com.

World of Wood:

Endless Furnishing Possibilities

For 35 years, World of Wood has carried a variety of wood types and an even larger selection of stain colors. Shop owner Ray Hamilton, who took over the business in February, wants to make sure those combinations remain abundant.

“Everyone’s home is unique and special to them,” says Hamilton. “We just want to help customers achieve that.”

At World of Wood, the casual atmosphere of the shop provides customers with an enjoyable experience as they browse through isles of cabinets and tables and bedrooms and kitchens.

Amongst the offering is a large selection of unfinished furniture wood, an inventory feature that allows customers to see what they are getting – the knots and discoloration in the wood, the desirable imperfections. The store also offers custom design and custom wall units. A customer can design a piece of furniture for their home of any style and have it hand-stained in the store. This allows the customer to pick from more than 60 stain colors.

Since he came in, Hamilton has incorporated handmade palm baskets and rugs into the store, vibrant pieces set against the plain wooden furniture that provide customers with some unique decorating ideas. There is even a section devoted to organic clothing.

World of Wood is located at 1209 State Street and can be reached at 805-965-1058. For further information on their furniture visit www.worldofwoodfurniture.com.