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Consignment Center in Kahala, Sweet!


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signThe old Tony Roma across from Kahala Mall was never the same after it left.  A few failed businesses and a lot of vacant months seemed a shame, for such a prime location.  Recently, a bright lighted sign would catch Aunty’s eye every time she drove by on Waialae Avenue, “Consignment Center – Furniture, Art & Antiques”, Ola!

It was a gotta-check-out kind of place, and one day, Aunty drove into the very large empty parking lot, and entered a mish mash of furniture, art, antiques, and remnants of restaurant booths and bar counters.  It was love at first sight.

storeThere is no other place that is willing or has the space to show vintage furniture pieces such as an 8 foot tall tansu staircase (which Aunty loves but cannot get) or carved koa settees and chairs, bookcases, dining tables, gnormous chairs, and treasures from the past, each with a story of the owners who were willing to part with their once beloved collections so that the joy they received can be passed to new owners.

John, the owner, is a very nice young man who seems to really appreciate the history of the pieces that he sells, and yet, his pricing of the items is very very reasonable, and almost impossible to walk away from.  Aunty was tempted to buy a couple of large framed botanical prints (Aunty needs botanical prints like she does a hole in the head) for $200 because the glass and koa frames alone were a bargain at that price.

quanyin2 little vintage tansus at $100 apiece had Aunty in a dilemma – “really? just $100? but I have no need or place for them, but really? just $100?”   A very impressive heavy metal Quanyin made for a step rest was super tempting at $150, and will probably be gone soon.

Perhaps it was a good thing that Aunty had just returned from a lose-money trip to Las Vegas and left with only $20 in her wallet, because Aunty passed on the botanicals and the tansus.  However, Aunty’s collectibles side business could not pass up buying a sweet little John Young painting of children in a poor frame.  This piece will get cleaned up and reframed by Robyn Buntin Gallery (THE best framing people in Hawaii – update, Robyn’s gallery does NOT do framing anymore, boohoo!) and then happily hung in Aunty’s house for now.

Aunty’s home goal is to be surrounded by things she loves, thanks to the Marie Kondo book, “The Life Changing Magic of Tidying” (new post is soon to be written).  Aunty is still in the de-accessing and figuring out what sparks joy, and finding the Consignment Center is both a buyers boon as well as a possible place to sell what needs to move on and out of Aunty’s life.

And that is a very good thing.

 

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Aunty is a new senior citizen and loving this phase of her life. Less responsibilities, less fear of being weird, able to do more of the things that I want to do! Older, yes, slower, yes, but life is even more wonderful in my golden years and I look forward to even goldener ones.

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Comments (7)

  • Linda

    Such a great post and I love the photos. I have loved vintage ever since I can remember. You have a lovely blog. Warm greetings from Montreal, Canada. 🙂

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  • gigi-hawaii

    I like to look at art and appreciate what the artists rendered. I might take a trip down there with David one of these days.

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    • Aunty

      Gigi, it is hit or miss over there. The last time I went in, they had less art and more figurines. When I just want to look at art, I check out Robyn Buntin’s gallery – most of the time it is just to look because he has true gallery prices, but they are outstanding pieces. Or, Cedar Street gallery, a rather hard to find place behind Meadow Gold Dairy. I also found a wonderful artist in Hawaii Kai – 80 something and charming. Her husband taught her how to paint, and she has a wonderful sense of color doing landscapes on board. Ingrid Solomon. I found her on ebay.

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  • Musings

    What a really neat place! I’m trying to stay away from those places though so I don’t get tempted. I need to get rid of things at my house, but just can’t part with a lot of the stuff. Sigh…

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