A glass-topped wood table stands out in its dining room setting. A transitional sofa accented with handmade silk throw pillows is showcased in a living room display. And a wooden desk with all its accessories makes you want to start writing.
Of course, these could be vignettes from just about any furniture gallery. But we are at Encore Interiors, a consignment furniture and accessories shop in Fort Lauderdale.
“It’s like a furniture store and Home Goods met and had a child,” says Chuck Wilson.
Depending upon when you visit, your options might include pieces by Century, Thomasville, Hooker, Lexington, Bernhardt, Baker, Henredon, Mitchell Gold or even a custom piece by Ferguson Copeland.
“I would say we always have at least one of those manufacturers represented in the store,” says Wilson who co-owns Encore with his partner Jeff Holly.
Today there’s an Ethan Allen traditional Morley coffee table. If new, it would be priced at $1,799, but here the consigned table is $750. And there’s an Ethan Allen Montego bed frame. New, it would start at $1,899 but here the king frame is $650.
The 6,400-square-foot showroom displays 2,300 items from 2,000 consignors. Although not all the furniture is name brand, it’s good quality and in good condition.
About 30 percent of inventory comes and goes each week. “I think it has to do with our being selective about what comes in and how we present it to the public,” Wilson says. At Encore, Wilson contributes his 25 years of interior design experience and Holly draws on his business acumen to be sure consignors are paid on time, the store’s pickup and delivery service runs smoothly, and the showroom is well organized and stylish.
“I try to display everything at its best. I want to make the not-so-cool items shine and the really cool items stand out even more,” Wilson says.
If you have a large piece of furniture to sell, you can bring in or e-mail photos of it. For smaller items, you need to schedule an appointment to bring them into the shop.
Working with you, the store determines a price. “It all depends upon the condition of the piece,” Wilson says. After 30 days on the showroom floor at full price, the item is marked 20 percent off; after another 30 days, 50 percent off.
Anything that remains can be retrieved or the store will donate it to a revolving group of charities.
“A regular customer said to me when she comes into our store she feels like she is coming into our home and that she is welcome. That’s how I want everyone to feel,’’ Wilson says.
Deborah S. Hartz-Seeley can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.