Posted In:2015 design trends / About us / announcements / consign furniture / design tips / DIY / furniture arrangement / furniture finds at Consign Design / used furniture buying tips / vintage finds
Have you driven by our store and wondered what the inside looks like? Check us out! Our inventory changes DAILY with things coming and going every day so why not come in and find some treasures for your home!
Posted In:2015 design trends / About us / announcements / consign furniture / design tips / DIY / furniture finds at Consign Design / home improvement projects / making a rental feel like home / seattle artists / used furniture buying tips / vintage finds
Consign Design has really exciting news: we are opening a second location in Southcenter for our south end customers! Grand opening will be March 2nd, 2015. Print out this coupon good towards your first purchase! Please come help us celebrate our new store opening on March 2nd!
Ask any entrepreneur how their business got started and you’ll find that it usually begins with love: a love of the industry, love of the products or love of helping others. For Consign Design owner John Kauzlarich, it was the love of his children that motivated him.
In the mid ‘90s, John was living in London and working in the cable TV business—specifically, in the customer service training department. He wanted to return to the United States to coach his son’s baseball team, but he wasn’t sure how to make that happen. So when an opportunity arose to start a Seattle furniture consignment business, he took it.
John jokes that he probably couldn’t even spell furniture in 1998 when he launched Consign Design. But these days, it’s clear he knows quite a bit about the pieces he’s selling. His readiness to answer customers’ questions and his eagerness to talk about the furniture people bring in reveal the passion he’s developed for the industry.
“The hardest part is saying no,” he admits. It is something he has to do on occasion, as Consign Design focuses on high end, lightly used furniture. But clearly he says yes fairly often, as they have over 7,600 consigners. The company once had just 1,500 square feet to work with but now has an impressive 8,000 square feet of space, which is filled with beautiful furniture and home accessories.
John estimates that Consign Design has paid out over $3 million to its consigners for beautiful pieces that may otherwise have been thrown away. In a city like Seattle that is known for their love of environmentally friendly living, it seems Consign Design has found a comfortable niche. In addition to its good condition, the furniture found at the store is very versatile. Shoppers will find everything from handmade antique pieces to sleek modern leather furniture. Someone recently brought in an authentic Mark Hopkins sculpture, complete with the Certificate of Authenticity.
Selling different things is part of what makes John’s job so exciting. Another part is seeing some local celebrities on occasion, such as Dan Wilson and Spencer Hawes. But the best part of owning Consign Design has to be the stories behind the furniture. One story in particular still resonates with the store’s staff.
Several years ago, a woman came to Consign Design with a friend. They’d been driving by the store when the woman got the urge to stop and look around. She eventually found what she didn’t even know she’d been looking for: a one-of-a-kind desk that she recognized as being made by her late husband. It just happened to be the 25th anniversary of her husband’s death. Needless to say, the women left with the desk.
When you walk into Consign Design, you’ll most likely be greeted by the staff as if you were a friend. John makes sure that he and his employees always treat people well, no doubt in part because of his customer service background. In fact, he jokes that the store has only two rules:
1. Behave yourself 2. Everything is up for discussion.
Posted In:About us