Ballard Consignment is a one of a kind shop.
Located in Ballard (of course) they have it all, from furniture to fashion-- and plain old fun stuff. While some items are new, there are also treasures spanning the past one hundred years.
A quick look around the enormous space-- over 30,000 square feet-- and you'll see all sorts of unique finds. From "A" (armchairs from the airport) to "Z" (a replica of Zoltar the Fortune Teller from the movie Big).
"The motto is like your Grandma's House only cooler," said owner Joey Ghioni with a grin. "One of my employees said that one day and it was kind of funny and it stuck."
Ghioni honed his instinct for what sells by spending time learning the biz.
"I've owned the stores for five years, and before that probably about another seven years just wandering around, learning things."
The inventory is constantly changing here. So where do all these cool items come from? Many are consigned.
"It's super easy. You get it approved. You bring it in. You get a check in the mail," said Ghioni with a twinkle in his eye.
There are a bevy of amazing buys, but their best seller might surprise you: sofas. They sell about two hundred a month! There is a ton of variety from vintage to modern and everything in between.
Ghioni took us on a tour of some of the most unusual stuff they currently have in stock including a table made of teak root. "This would definitely be a conversation piece."
And-- the ultimate up-cycle, "So this is an actual bus from India," explained Ghioni. "I don't know much more except they refurbished it and turned it into a bar."
As if the bar couldn't get any better-- there's a neat party trick. The headlights still work. "The lights do light up - they made it so you can just flick them on and off with a switch."
Ghioni is passionate about this special place. "Every day is different if it were a regular furniture store, I'd be bored."
From the wacky, to the whimsical, to the wonderful - the unique finds here keep customers coming back for more.