Dear PoPville – Anyone Know of Furniture Consignment Options in DC?

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Dear PoPville,

Do you have any recommendations for furniture consignment? I have a set (8) dining chairs from my Aunt that are high-quality antiques, but they do not match my style (& I have dining chairs I love), so I was thinking they were more antique shop material, than a craigslist sale. I have bought furniture from a consignment store in Del Ray years ago, but I would rather deal with someone closer.

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  • Community Forklift is great! Also try any of the Habitat Re-Stores in the area.

  • Capital Consignment- they have 1 location in Georgetown and one in Bethesda.

  • The Gallery St. Elmo in Bethesda is also good, Ive gotten some nice things there before, never sold though.

    • Second on the Gallery St. Elmo. They seems to turn stuff over pretty quickly, too.

      You could also try sending them to auction – Weschlers and Sloan & Kenyon are two local houses that will sell your stuff.

  • I know it’s not close and I haven’t been there in ages but Upscale Resale is always interesting and there are sometimes amazing finds:

  • Corehaus on Upshur (in Petworth) and Ruff and Ready on 14th near the bus depot

  • clevelanddave

    You might also consider auction. Weschler’s on E 9th and E St NW has Tuesday morning sales of just this kind of thing. Others like Quinns in Arlington, Potomack in Alexandria and Sloans in Bethesda also have similar sales.

  • Would it be better to use a shop outside of DC? I don’t mean to be snarky, but when I think of antique dining room furniture I thought of big, out of style pieces. Many DC rowhouses or condos don’t have room for big furniture.

  • Craigslist – with good photos & good price – is your best bet. Any consignment shop will take 50%. Check CL & Ebay to get a sense of what else is being offered and at what price. Remember “antique” is pretty meaningless, especially for dinning room chairs. People are looking for a certain style – i.e. mid-century – or a funky look – or just a good bargain.

    • “Everyone” says Criagslist, but frankly, it took multiple rounds to sell very affordable, good quality pieces and people obviously don’t read simple ads.

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