Consignment Center in Kahala, Sweet!
The 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.
There 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.
2 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.