By Chris Jimenez
VANCOUVER — The Sellution Quality Consignment, the much-loved shop that has supplied Vancouverites with vintage furniture and decor for the past 35 years, has migrated over to Kingsway after two decades on Main Street. The reason: a triple increase of the price of rent.
“The Vancouver housing market has really put a knock-on effect on property value, which is really pushing the small man out,” says co-owner Patricia Kelly, who raised her five children at the Mount Pleasant location. Kelly, affectionately known as Paddy, took over the shop in its eighth year of business after running the Antiques and Arts Department at Maynards.
For those not totally clear on what consignment is, Kelly explains it quite simply. “We enter into a contract to activate into the sale of your goods,” she says. “You send me a picture of your furniture and if I say ‘Yeah! I can sell that for $100,’ the contract is made to last two months and when the piece of furniture is sold, we split the earnings 50/50.”
This, plus Kelly’s interior design background and keen eye, allows for high quality antiques to be accessible at a reasonable price. And, along with being home to a wide variety of pieces from steam trunks and Butler Tables to paintings and chinaware, The Sellution gives back to the community in a multitude of ways, like assisting families with home renovation choices. The store has a resident Fat Paint workshop, where Kelly’s daughter, Olivia, helps customers choose the right colour and teaches classes on painting techniques. The branch extends to their employees, some of whom are local actors, too — a flexible work schedule aids in the pursuit of their artistic endeavours. They, Kelly says, “Trade off time with each other in the shop between shows. It’s great fun and seems to work well.”
In the past few weeks, Kelly and the staff have been settling in at the new location, with Kelly’s husband building a wooden frame section to hang accents like chandeliers and to section off the Fat Paint area. No matter what their street address may be, though, The Sellution continues to retain the comforting, family-oriented environment that it’s always had, with eye-catching pieces of furniture that lend some fascinating history and look downright neat. And as the store transitions into its new chapter, one thing remains the same — you won’t be leaving empty handed.
The Sellution Quality Consignment is located at 1009 Kingsway.BC, British Columbia, The Sellution Quality Consignment