Furniture consignment store opens on 9th Ave.

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Necessity being the Mother of Invention, the idea for the new furniture consignment shop on Ninth Avenue came more than a year ago when George and Tina Perry were preparing their daughter for college.

The then-Boise residents were on the lookout for affordable, used furniture in good condition for their daughter who was preparing to start school at Walla Walla Community College.

"We went back to Boise and we were thinking (Walla Walla) would be a perfect spot for a furniture consignment store," George Perry explained.

When the recession hit and Perry was laid off from his job in landscape building maintenance, the Perrys made the move to Walla Walla to get the ball in motion. They've quietly opened their new store -- "Re-Ninth Avenue Consignment Furniture & Decor" -- at the corner of Ninth Avenue and Chestnut Street in the building formerly occupied by Yale Glass.

Perry said the store accepts furniture and home d?©cor pieces in good condition. The consignment contract is 50/50, meaning half the profits go to the store and half go to the seller. Contracts last three months. If an item isn't sold after that period, Perry said he and the seller can discuss how to proceed.

Items are staged in the store to give customers a sense of how the furnishings and d?©cor can be used. Perry hopes to bring in the work of local artists, including students, to enhance the displays. The store's hours of operation are 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. Consignments are accepted those times, as well.

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The crew at the Milton-Freewater Wilcox stores is collecting donations for the Blue Mountain Humane Society in a drive organized by saleswoman Samantha Walters.

Donation boxes are set up at the main store and the neighboring clearance center, both located just south of the state line on Highway 11. Items needed include cleaning supplies such as glass cleaner, all-purpose cleaner and laundry detergent, scrubbing sponges, trash bags, pet toys, blankets, cat food, treats, kitten and puppy food, leases and collars. Cash donations are also accepted. Store hours are 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Saturday; noon-5 p.m. Sunday.

Strictly Business is a local business column. Vicki Hillhouse can be reached at vickihillhouse@wwub.com or 526-8321.

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