December 20, 2014

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Couple returns to area, opens consignment store in Avon Lake

Rob Swindell
The Chronicle-Telegram

Phillip and Cathy Dunfee recently opened Home Consignment Gallery in Avon Lake. PHOTO PROVIDED

Phillip and Cathy Dunfee recently opened Home Consignment Gallery in Avon Lake. PHOTO PROVIDED

With the encouragement of friends, Phillip and Cathy Dunfee recently opened Home Consignment Gallery.

The couple moved back to the area from Columbus two years ago and decided to open the store in the Avon Lake Towne Center.

“I was born and raised in Elyria. My wife was born and raised in Olmsted Falls. When we got married, we moved to Columbus and stayed in the Columbus area 20-plus years,” Phillip Dunfee said.

“My wife works for the Cleveland Clinic and she has a friend in the consignment business. We were looking for something to do in the later years. It’s great fun, and so we jumped into it, even though we both still work full time.”

Home Consignment Gallery focuses on furniture and home décor — they do not consign clothes.

“We consign gently used, quality furniture so it has to be free of blemishes, rips, tears, odors and discoloration. We also do home décor from Ch’ing dynasty antiques to fine art,” Dunfee said.

“We consign fine art from regional artists. Watercolors, acrylics — we have a personal relationship with most of the artists that are showing here.”

Similar to many consignment arrangements, Home Consignment Gallery offers a 50-50 split on the merchandise it sells.

“People who want to consign something contact us, usually through a referral or walk-in basis. If the item is too large to bring in, they can send a photo through email. If it is something after a little research we think we can sell, then we make an appointment to visit it in person,” he said. “If it meets our quality threshold, then we’ll sign a contract and bring it to the shop.

“With our sale tags, there will be three or four dates with our prices on it,” Dunfee said. “The price is lowered 10 percent of the original price every 30 days for 90 days, looking for its true market value.”

If the item doesn’t sell, the owner has several options.

“(The owner) can have it back or offer a new price. If they don’t want it and we can’t sell it, we can arrange for a donation for them and give the owner the tax deduction,” Dunfee explained.

Home Consignment Gallery also has a “secret stash” of precious or valuable items for sale.

“If we find the item to be consigned is too large, valuable, precious or rare, we won’t it bring into the store. We’ll put it on a virtual store. We have a television screen (that displays the items). It’s a secret stash of several items, where we make introductions.

“We invite people to come in and take a look at what we have; they might be surprised. Not your typical consignment store,” Dunfee said.

Contact Rob Swindell at 329-7155 or ctnews@chroniclet.com.

Home Consignment Gallery

ADDRESS: Avon Lake Towne Center
32816 Walker Road
Avon Lake, OH 44012
PHONE: (216) 452-5282
EMAIL: info@HomeConsignmentGallery.com
ONLINE: www.homeconsignmentgallery.com, Facebook, Twitter and VIP text club