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BY ANDY STONEHOUSE | PHOTOGRAPHY BY HOLGER OBENAUS

If you’re an enthusiast of high-end furnishings, either looking to add new pieces or simply find a good home for your valuable treasures, the open market for buying and selling used items can be precarious at times.

We’ve all heard of online scams and even outright crime related to do-it-yourself sales when using public websites or sales apps. And, those who’ve gone the consignment route are often disappointed by the slim returns on their once-costly furniture.

Jenny Verastique and husband Michael have developed a furniture consignment concept for those seeking high-quality, one-of-a-kind, lightly-used furnishings, as well as those who’d like to sell pieces of their own décor collection in a safe but profitable fashion. Furniture Buy Consignment also offers a carefully selected assortment of manufacturer closeouts and showroom samples at amazing prices.

Furniture Buy Consignment was founded in 1996 with a location on Mill Street in Lewisville, Texas. The business has since expanded to seven locations in North Texas and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, with plans to expand to 10 stores in the near future.

“We were avid consignment shoppers early in our marriage, always trying to find affordable, quality furnishings throughout the DFW area,” Michael Verastique says. “We opened our first store to fill a void in the northern corridor of the metroplex and have continued to grow and add stores ever since.”

Furniture Buy Consignment’s mission is to dispel the negative associations of selling through a second party, with a service-based approach where most items sell in less than 21days, with a standard 50-50 split for consignors.

“We provide a service to sellers who have no desire to sell online, put themselves at risk or expose themselves to the general public,” Verastique says.

Rather than deal with the hassle (or even the potential risk) of a private-party sale, Furniture Buy Consignment offers online and in-person shopping, a streamlined system for sales and a steady reputation for virtually brand-new merchandise at very attractive prices.

“One of our strategies is to make the consignment process simple and convenient,” Verastique adds. “Consignors can submit pictures of their items on our website or email them directly to any of our stores. We also offer pickup and delivery through a third-party mover, for a nominal fee, for those who need assistance.”

And, unlike many crowded and often clunky secondhand stores, the Verastiques’ showrooms— with locations in Dallas, Fort Worth, Frisco, Lewisville and McKinney—are comfortably equipped with a full range of traditional, transitional and modern styles. Some rustic, Western, urban and even industrial pieces are also available, depending on the location, as well as a wide range of artwork, rugs, lamps and decorative accessories.

“We deal exclusively in moderate to high-end home furnishings, all in excellent to very good condition,” Verastique says. “We only accept about 40 to 50 percent of the items that are presented to us for consignment. We continue to raise the bar for quality consignments in all of our stores.”

Furniture Buy Consignment draws designers, decorators and home stagers who understand the value of nearly new pieces, plus the vast inventory available through the company’s network of stores. As a result, turnaround time for sales is brisk, making it an encouraging experience for sellers.

“We offer a 60-day consignment period, and our average items sell in 21 days,” Verastique says. “We sell over 3,000 consignments a month, between our seven locations. We offer a 50-50 split on each item sold, and we reduce our initial prices by 15 percent after 30 days and 25 percent after 60 days.”

If you are looking to buy or sell gently used, high-quality home décor, Furniture Buy Consignment will treat you fairly and facilitate your transactions. It’s your safe, one-stop shop.

Andy Stonehouse is a writer and editor based in Northern Colorado, specializing in automotive, recreation and shelter stories. He can be reached at rossandrewstonehouse@gmail.com.