People who want to buy and sell furniture will appreciate a new store in the Market at Liberty Crossing shopping center.

People who want to buy and sell furniture will appreciate a new store in the Market at Liberty Crossing shopping center.

Trading Places, 4018 Powell Road, will hold a grand opening Friday, Dec. 4, with a ribbon-cutting at noon.

The 3,700-square-foot store resells upscale furniture for every room in the house, including the dining room, living room, bedroom and home office, said owner Michelle Renda.

"We focus on drawing in high-quality pieces for any budget and any style. From modern and traditional ... we run the gamut," Renda said.

Buyers see prices anywhere from 35 to 65 percent off retail, "closer to the 65 percent," she said.

She said her approach to the décor of the store is different from many consignment shops.

"We don't look like the typical consignment store where you're hunting through mounds of furniture," she said. "We have displays and vignettes to give people ideas, like using a piece of furniture as a buffet, nightstand or TV stand. It inspires people to use furniture in a different way."

People who hope to sell their furniture on consignment can bring in a photo or send a digital photo by e-mail of large furniture to see if the piece or its style is something Renda is looking for and has space to accommodate the piece.

The consignment period is 90 days, and the owner receives 50 percent of the final selling price once the item sells, Renda said.

"We market and showcase the piece throughout the consignment period. Our goal is to sell the item within the first 30 days. If the item does not sell within the first 30 days, we do a progressive mark down of 20 percent every 30 days until the end of that 90-day period," she said.

The mark-down is a great opportunity for buyers, she said. However, if shoppers see something they like and wait to purchase, it is a gamble.

"The buyer can buy it now or take their chances and wait, and with that gamble comes the chance of somebody else coming in behind them," she said. She gives notice of such a possibility with a posting on the wall: "Now you see it, now you don't."

Renda said all customers receive personal attention.

"I'm a people person and really want (the customer) to feel connected to the store and what we have to offer," she said.

She said her 20-year corporate career in customer solutions for a transportation logistics company offered that same type of interaction with customers.

The grand opening activities will include a ribbon-cutting, on site vinyl lettering demonstrations, raffles, launching a gift certificate program and refreshments.

Trading Places is open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call (614) 717-9221 or visit www.tradingplacesoh.com, or e-mail info@tradingplacesoh.com.

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