DALLAS — It’s not every day that someone opens a new business and finds that they have more time to spend with family and friends.
That’s how it’s worked so far for Joe and Kristine Olsen, the owners of Consignment Monster, located on East Ellendale in Dallas.
What: Consignment Monster.
Where: 488 E. Ellendale Ave. Dallas.
When: Tuesday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Consignment: The store takes items the first day of the month through the 20th with a limit of 25 items per customer, per day.
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The store opened on Aug. 31, and features gently used second-hand clothing, furniture, housewares, a collection of DVDs, and work of local artisans.
“I’ve been doing this kind of thing for a while,” Kristine said. “My husband travels for work and we wanted something that we could do as a family.”
“So, I could be home and watch my kids grow up and not just hear about it,” Joe chimed in.
Their skills complement each other, Kristine said.
She has experience in retail, while Joe has a business management background.
“There’s not a lot of overlap between our areas of expertise,” Joe said. “So, that probably helps a lot. We are not stepping on each other toes.”
The store specializes in name-brand clothing and quality household goods. If you are looking for something unique, the Olsens said they have been amazed at what consignors bring into sell.
Kristine said their first consignor brought in a strange-looking wooden scoop with finger-like prongs sticking out of the end. They didn’t know what it was until a customer picked it up and said, “Oh look, they have a cranberry scoop.”
“It’s for harvesting cranberries,” Kristine said. “It’s kind of an education, what comes in.”
Joe said they’ve had people drop off kerosene lamps that look like they came straight out of an old farmhouse.
“I think it’s fun seeing what comes in. Really unique stuff and it’s different every day,” Joe said.
In addition, you can find new Tupperware from a retired dealer selling out of stock and handmade baby gifts — which the artist folds into cake and cupcake shapes. Custom magnates, restored furniture, and a photographer who makes cards and framed photos, all sell their wares at Consignment Monster.
While they only been open a couple of months, the couple feel like they’ve made friends out of their consignors and customers.
“The response from the community has really been amazing,” Kristine said.