Secondhand Treasures in Troy
By Matt Bayman
Consignment shops are the perfect fit for the current economy. On one hand, people need extra money, and consignment shops can help make this happen. On the other hand, consumers with money are looking to spend it more wisely and may choose to buy something used from a consignment shop rather than new from a Big Box store.
In Troy, consignment shops run the gamut: from the upscale home furnishings, accessories and antiques found at David Fair on the Square to everyday household items, video games and used furniture at The Nova Center. On the outskirts of town, used clothing is bought and sold at Anna’s Closet, and back in town, the local book store welcomes collections of comic books for consignment, and Canal Street Primitives accepts locally made consignment items that fit with the primitive, country furnishings in the downtown shop. Like Canal Street Primitives, a number of other stores in downtown Troy carry merchandise on consignment from local craftspeople, including Dancing Dolphin Pottery at Brower Stationers and several items of interest at Expressions of the Home, just to name a few.
At The Nova Center, located at 113 E. Main St., Supervisor Brandon Bierly speaks with excitement and passion about the day-to-day operations of the store, and its success in Troy since opening in September of 2010.
“We are a consignment shop and carry just about anything you might be looking for, and at the same time, we run a sale every single week, which takes 25 percent off of items that are already priced low,” said Bierly. “We know times are tough, so we keep our prices low and it’s also a place where people can earn some extra money.”
The Nova Center also gives back to the community by providing on-the-job training and recreation for adults with disabilities, as well as a place for them to develop and grow entrepreneurial projects, including a taxi service, a recording studio and a nightclub in the works.
Bierly said The Nova Center, owned by Jennifer Caldwell, splits its consignment profits 50-50, with money made at the shop benefiting future programs and projects for adults with disabilities, and is always interested in acquiring more consigners.
“That’s one thing, I think, that people often forget about us. They like to come here and shop, but maybe don’t realize we’re a consignment shop,” he said. “If you have something in your garage that you’re not using or something sitting around your house that you want to get rid of, you can bring it here and make 10, 15, 50 dollars.”
Bierly said The Nova Center can’t keep enough furniture in the store. “It’s a hot thing. Once we get it, it’s gone,” he said. The same goes with Playstation and X-Box games. “They’re out the door the same day they arrive. We could always use them,” he added.
Bierly wants the public to know that The Nova Center will give people more money for video games and DVDs than any consignment-based chain store, and that it’s an alternative to other music-consignment stores in the area.
The Nova Center currently has 305 consigners and is open 10a.m. to 5p.m. Monday-Saturday. The store can be reached at (937) 552-7941.
At David Fair on the Square, up to 1,200 consigners are on display at any given time, and with Fair’s 25 years of experience as an interior designer, the consignment shop has even more to offer shoppers.
“It’s very much two-fold. I may be redecorating a space for a client and then replace the space with furnishings from the store. At the same time, the furnishings that are being removed can be put on consignment and sold,” Fair said.
David Fair on the Square is located at 301 Public Square SE and is made up of three storefronts and two levels. Much of the interior of the store is decorated like a home, or the corner of a room, or table setting and, like The Nova Center, Fair keeps an evolving array of new merchandise moving through the store, which includes new items as well as furniture sets, designer accessories and original artwork.
Fair said a number of his clients are people who are downsizing their homes and want to get rid of some of their furniture and accessories to make room for their new house.
David Fair on the Square is open 10a.m. to 5p.m. Monday through Saturday, or by appointment. The store also remains open late on occasion, including during downtown events hosted by Troy Main Street and other organizations. Fair accepts upscale consignments and can be reached for additional information at (937) 440-8232.
Whether looking to buy something for yourself or selling a few things to make an extra dollar, Troy has a variety of options for customers, not to mention dozens of other shops located throughout the city. Stop by, and see what treasures you find.
Reach DCP freelance writer Matt Bayman at MattBayman@DaytonCityPaper.com