TOWNSEND –Townsend’s Corner Consignment Shop, tucked in the back corner of the Dollar Store mall at 222 Main Street, will offer an open house with light refreshments and holiday good wishes on Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 13-14, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Proprietors Martha and Frank Blanchette, assisted by Diane and Arnie Halpern, opened the shop in April of this year. The accent is on vintage jewelry, crystal, china and collectibles of many kinds. “We handle some furniture,” Frank said, “but no clothing or baby equipment. Everything that we accept must be clean.” The shop takes 40 percent of sales; items may be left for only 90 days.
“Good quality kitchen tools are one of our biggest sellers,” Martha said. “We’re putting out new consignments all the time.” She stressed the cleanliness issue: “I’m not washing someone else’s dishes.”
A stroll around the shop could be called “A Walk Down Memory Land.” A lighted butterfly mobile hovers over a cupboard of vintage milkglass pieces. In the midst of modern glassware stands a straw dispenser from some bygone drugstore soda fountain. Prints, mirrors and clocks line the walls.
“We’re getting to have regular customers, word is spreading to other towns,” according to Diane, who has extensive experience in merchandising.
Hunter, the 3-year-old purebred St. Bernard who belongs to her and husband Arnie, enthusiastically greets shop visitors. It was suggested that some customers come to see Hunter alone.
The store will be open every day until Christmas from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The former tenant of the space was a dispenser of health products. — Alice Avery Struthers