June 13, 2007
The hipsters of the underground Fishtown/Kensington art scene all surface at Frankford Avenue's Bambi Gallery, where their mother hen/patron saint, Candace Karch, entertains them with a healthy vegetarian spread at her rollicking first Friday openings and sells their crafts on consignment other times. On the gallery walls this month (through July 15) is a show of limited edition prints by the local T-shirt art collaborative Outlaw Print Company, plus Roy Lichtenstein-style pulp-novel paintings by Hector Hernandez.
April 25, 2007 |
A con-artist car dealer who fled to Europe after swindling millions from the rich and famous, including the actor Nicolas Cage, was sentenced yesterday to five years in federal prison. Peter Brotman, whose consignment sales included a 1964 Rolls-Royce, a 1988 Aston Martin, and a 1954 Jaguar, was also ordered by a federal judge to pay $1.9 million in restitution. Cage lost $300,000 through the sale of three Ferraris, according to court documents. Cage did not appear or address the court yesterday.
September 29, 2006 |
Kamelot Auctions will go into its third season tomorrow with a sale of more than 500 lots of furniture, statuary, lighting and artwork at its gallery in the 4700 Wissahickon Ave. complex. More than two dozen lots come from the Parisian furniture-maker Jansen, including a consignment from a descendant of the company's founder, Jean-Henri Jansen. Jansen went out of business in the 1970s, Jeff Kamel, head of the auction company (affiliated with Susanin of Chicago), said this week.
January 3, 2004 |
Wilson's Gallery in Chester Heights will get the new year off to a running start Wednesday with a sale that sheds light on a little-known chapter of Philadelphia history: its role as a haven for wealthy refugees from the turmoil of the French Revolution. Among the 900 lots that will be offered beginning at 4 p.m. is a 14-karat gold "French Merit Award" with an inscription dating it to 1806 and saying that it was presented to "Marg'ta Smith" by "Mrs. Rivardi's seminary, Twelfth and Chestnut, Philadelphia.
December 13, 2003 |
Beginning with Freeman's two-day sale of jewelry and silver, next week will offer a variety of possible holiday gift items and collectibles, including one consignment that blends nostalgia with trivia. The Freeman's doubleheader, a holiday shopping tradition, begins at noon tomorrow at the gallery, 1808 Chestnut St. More than 425 lots of jewelry will be offered, ranging from rings and charms that might sell for as little as $40 to a diamond-and-platinum bowknot brooch expected to sell for $15,000 to $20,000, according to presale estimates in the illustrated $20 catalog, which serves both sessions.
November 28, 2003 |
Three men robbed a Rittenhouse Square clothing store of $70,000 worth of furs and escaped in a stolen minivan Wednesday, Philadelphia police said yesterday. The men got away with about 15 furs, said Detective James Seymour of Central Detectives. Each of them grabbed "an arm's worth," Seymour added. A store employee, Steve Applebaum, "buzzed" a man into Trame Retail Clothing Inc., 110 S. 18th St., about 5:10 p.m. The man was quickly followed by two others. The men asked to see items in the store, which sells Jacques Ferber furs on consignment from various vendors.
September 22, 2001 |
Augmented by several sales postponed because of last week's terrorist attacks, auctions next week will offer bidders an unusually wide variety of objects big and small, new and old, pricey and inexpensive. The big items are two crystal chandeliers from the officers' club at the former Philadelphia Naval Base. They will be offered tomorrow by Barry Slosberg Auctioneers & Appraisers at the first session of the Port Richmond gallery's two-day fall catalog auction. Each chandelier is 6 feet in diameter and has 48 lights, and is expected to fetch $3,000 to $6,000, Slosberg said.
October 22, 1999 |
Each consignment store has its own pricing policy. Most negotiate a high and low price with the seller. The longer the piece sits in the showroom, the lower the price goes; but even if the price drops to the lowest agreed price, the chances of bargaining are still good. "It's a big mistake not to ask about price," said Alden, who knows the market mostly from her experience as a consignment shopper for the last 10 years. "People should also shop in new-furniture stores to see how much it costs new. It's the best way to know if they are getting a deal.
October 22, 1999 |
Cherry Hill, N.J., residents Jeffrey Lincoln and Linda Passero-Lincoln conducted an exhaustive search for a reasonably priced buffet that would match the rustic look of their dining-room set. After six months of antiques-shopping, the couple came up emptyhanded and felt they had wasted valuable time searching for a piece within their budget. When most price tags soared above $2,000, the couple realized they were looking in all the wrong places. Then the thought hit them: Why not treasure-hunt in a furniture consignment store?
October 22, 1999 |
Need some quick cash? Moving? Consigning may be the easiest way to unload unwanted furniture in a hurry without a lot of hassle. "We start out by asking the person what they paid for the furniture," said consignment store owner Jeffrey Cofsky. "If it is in good condition, we'll put it on the floor for half of the original cost. " If the piece was handed down or is an antique, Cofsky and other store owners can look it up in their furniture-pricing books. Eventually, you and the consignment store owner will agree upon a price.