MARYSVILLE — Although Consignment Furniture has only been operating at 1206-A State Ave. in Marysville for the past month, co-owner Chris Philippsen has had more than two years of experience in selling furniture in Marysville, since he used to work with Mister Chairman in Third Street.
“This is bigger and better, with more space and more selection,” Philippsen said. “We have upholstery furniture here, and more contemporary pieces mixed in with the antiques.”
According to Philippsen, Consignment Furniture’s primary advantage over its peers in the field is its pricing.
“You get quality and affordability here,” Philippsen said. “Our furniture costs far less, as much as thousands of dollars less, than what’s being sold brand new, and it’s far better built than newer furniture, so it’ll last a lot longer. There’s not as much craftsmanship in newer furniture, because it’s mass-produced, so especially in an economy when people are shopping smarter for gas prices, I hate to see them throw good money after bad products in this market.”
Although Consignment Furniture co-owner Patrick Kelly isn’t as experienced in the furniture or retail fields as Philippsen, who’s worked 30 years in both, Kelly cited a few valuable lessons that he’s learned from working with Philippsen.
“A lot of smaller consignment stores devolve into glorified thrift shops,” Kelly said. “Which is not to degrade thrift shops, but it’s not what we’re interested in becoming. We accept near-pristine upholstery and solid, well-made furniture. We will maintain selective standards. If you’re looking for brand new furniture, we’re a great alternative because our products are high quality and you don’t have to assemble it yourself. If you’re looking for bargain furniture, you should come to us first, because our products are far less distressed than you’re likely to find elsewhere. Rather than going on Craigslist, we offer the peace of mind of a physical store, that’s not yours or somebody else’s house.”
“It’s not the kind of furniture that you’re going to get tired of and throw away,” Philippsen said. “Our products are durable and range the whole spectrum, from antiques to contemporary pieces, plus they’re utilitarian.”
Consignment Furniture is open seven days a week from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and can be reached by phone at 360-454-0929 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org