By Martha Hill
Everybody knows that consignment is the biggest trend in retail, but did you know that two of the hottest stores in Chicagoland are located in Oak Park? Whether you’re looking for a Stickley Dining set or a designer handbag, Divine Consign and Trends have you covered.
“We try to make buying and selling your furniture and clothing convenient and fun. Our staff and our merchandise combine to make working with Divine Consign and Trends a unique and enjoyable experience,” says Kellie Scott, owner of both shops. “Many people still misunderstand consignment shopping. Consignment simply means ‘we sell it for you’. Consignment does not mean ‘used’ and it does not mean ‘old’. Most of our inventory is new or nearly new. Our customers are amazed by our inventory and our prices. Our consignors are amazed by the convenience and ease of their selling experience.”
Divine Consign and Trends have been staples in Oak Park’s retail landscape for nearly six years. Divine Consign is located at 809 S. Oak Park Avenue, and focuses on furniture and home décor items, in a wide range of styles and price ranges. By forging strong bonds with many model home companies, designers, and showrooms at the Merchandise Mart, Divine Consign is also able to offer its customers access to furniture previously only available to interior designers.
“When a showroom has floor samples, discontinued items, closeouts, canceled orders, etc., they send it to Divine Consign, where we are able to offer the items to our customers at 50-90% off retail prices,” Scott says. Access to this designer furniture has made Divine Consign the go-to destinations for designers, decorators and smart homeowners all over Chicago. “While many of our consignors are designers, most are people like you and me,” she adds. “Everybody can and does consign and shop with Divine Consign. This community involvement ensures that we have a wide range of furniture offerings to suit every style and budget.”
Trends, located at 810 North Boulevard, caters to fashionistas, with upscale designer brand name fashions for men and women. Brands include Louis Vuitton, Tory Burch, Prada, Diane von Furstenberg, Coach, Kate Spade, and Michael Kors.
“I am always grateful and amazed at the quality of goods our consignors bring in,” Scott says. “Like with Divine Consign, you can bring your goods to Trends to consign and make extra cash. Clean out your closet and bring us your clean, nearly new clothing, handbags, jewelry and shoes and we’ll sell them for you.”
Owning retail stores was quite a departure for Scott. “Before opening Divine Consign and Trends, I was a litigation attorney with a firm in Chicago. That’s not exactly an expected transition, she says with a laugh, “but I love what I do and I am happy to be a part of this fun and vibrant community. Oak Park is the perfect location for the stores. The community is so supportive.”
Divine Consign and Trends make it a point to give back to the community by donating leftover inventory and contributing to local charities. As a Board Member of the Oak Park River Forest Chamber of Commerce, Scott believes “it is important to support the community that has been so generous to us. We are lucky to be here and we know it.”
Consigning furniture and clothing with Divine Consign and Trends is simple. Those interested in selling furniture can submit photos of their items for pre-approval via the submission form on their website. Those interested in consigning clothing can bring in their seasonal selections (no sundresses in October!) anytime the shop is open. No appointment is necessary. The consignment period is 60 days—if the item sells during that time, consignors receive 50% of the final selling price. All items are marked down 20% for every three weeks they remain in the store, ensuring that the inventory is always changing. When items sell, the consignor can use the proceeds as store credit (which most do) or stop by the stores anytime and pick up a check. There is more information about our consignment process on their websites.
“Those who shop here know that shopping with Divine Consign and Trends is addictive. We are never the same store twice,” Scott says. “We currently have more than 1,000 active consignors. This type of involvement makes for rapid turnover and also makes it very likely that, regardless of your style or price-point, you are going to find that room-perfecting piece or drop-dead outfit you have been searching for.”
Martha Hill is a freelance contributor.