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The how-to’s of consigning furniture

If you’ve ever considered taking your furniture to a consignment shop, there are a few things to consider. The owners of Consigned by Design share some tips. Getting the most from your consignment depends on many factors: style, condition, cleanliness, popularity. It also depends on business practices and policies, which CBD maintains with consistency and respect to both the consignor and the buyer.

Merchandise is sourced from everyday people who are down-sizing, right-sizing, or redecorating, stagers, artisans, model homes, decorators, manufacturer’s reps, and showroom samples. It’s a common misconception that “consignment” equates with old and beat up. It really means that the items belong to someone else and CBD are using their resources and know-how to sell them.  Most of their pieces are not older than 10 years and everything is personally screened for quality.

Some of their most popular items are the metal letters as well as reclaimed and restored items, mid-century modern, mirrors, bar stools & bars, game tables, and anything unique.

And if you are looking for some pieces with “good-bone,” they have a special area set aside you might want to check out. CBD recently began carrying a paint line and other finishing products and supplies and offering paint workshops to help people not just see the potential but achieve it.

• BENEFITS OF CONSIGNING: They get 100s of people through their stores and are able to feature items and display them in ways that inspire and ultimately encourage their sale. They’re also more convenient and safer than other methods done out of your home. It’s always nice to free up the space in your home rather than wait for the item to sell out of your home.

• Getting the most from your consignment depends on many factors: style, condition, cleanliness, popularity. It also depends on our business practices and policies, which are maintained with consistency and respect to both the consignor and the buyer.

• Pricing speaks also to consignment success…CBD aims to price with respect to worth, condition, trend, etc., but also in-keeping with resale standards. Items do have a 120-day contract period but most sell within their first 30 days on the floor. Each 30 days they remain, they reduce 20% of their previous price. They let their tags do all the work for them and you.

Owners Jeff & Dana Johnson invite you to visit their two locations:

Geist 11659 Fox Road, Indianapolis, (317) 823-1300: original store bought out in 2004

Fishers 7035 E. 96th St., Indianapolis, (317) 436-7167: second store opened in May 2013

For more information check out their website at and following them on  Facebook & Instagram.


Shoe art by Kokomo native stolen from northern Indiana museum

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (WISH) — A shoe by an Indiana native was stolen Saturday from a northern Indiana art museum.

South Bend Museum of Art is seeking help to find the thief of a shoe from the piece titled “Welcome Knives,” part of an exhibit by Kokomo native Chris Francis that’s traveled to other U.S. museums. His work has been described as wearable architecture.

The shoe disappeared between 2 and 5 p.m. Saturday while the museum was open. The museum staff and city police are reviewing surveillance video from the Century Center to gain a lead. South Bend’s show called “Chris Francis: Modern Bespoke 21st Century Shoe Art” is in the downtown Century Center through April 5.

Francis, who grew up in Kokomo and now lives in Los Angeles, said in a statement that he was “saddened to be informed that someone has chosen to steal the piece ‘Welcome Knives’ from the exhibition. The shoes exhibited are all documented and catalogued works of art that have shown in many museums. Every shoe in the exhibition is one of a kind, with no others in existence making them very different than shoes we find in stores.”

Francis has created shoes for runway shows and for celebrities, including Lady Gaga and the members of Kiss and The Sex Pistols.

His work was displayed late last year on the Purdue University campus.

Anyone with information was asked to call the South Bend Police Department at (574) 235.9201 or contact the South Bend Museum of Art via email at, or through the museum’s social media accounts: Facebook, @SouthBendMuseumofArt; Twitter, @southbendart; Instagram, @southbendart.