Tired of the gold-leaf mirror on your dining room wall or the basic black dresses in your closet?
Want pretty decorative plates for that wall or a red silk jacket for those dresses?
Think consignment shops for selling good stuff you no longer want and for buying things to freshen your décor and wardrobe.
Stores like Chickadees in Williamsburg and The Stock Exchange in Newport News agree in a contract to sell an item on behalf of the owner for a percentage often 40 to 70 percent of the selling price. You keep the rest.
Here are some treasures we found when we made the rounds of some local consignment shops. Remember what you see today is often gone tomorrow with something new and exciting in its place.
Location: 6514 Richmond Road (Pavilion Shops in Lightfoot; adjacent to the New York Deli)
Owner: Julia Carter of New Kent County
Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday
Specialty: Furniture, china, crystal, silver, collectibles, artwork and home accessories; particularly good selection of children's items, including furniture, toys and dolls.
Good finds: Two framed prints of Queen Anne's lace, $20 each; decorative black lab plates, $15 each (Chickadees carries lots of pretty plates to hang on walls); vintage children's records that can decorate walls with titles like "This Little Pig" and "There Was An Old Woman," $5.95 each.
Info: email@example.com or 757-645-3365
Location: 311 Second St., Williamsburg
Owners: Jackie Hazeltine and Betty Stephans of James City County
Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, noon-4 p.m. Sunday
Specialty: Home décor consignments.
Good finds: English Spode china pieces with oval, scalloped-edge serving dish, $20; eight cups and eight sauces hand painted with roses and morning glories, $79; oversized chair with ottoman, $899.