Sign of the Times: Local Consignment Stores Closing

Sign of the Times: Local Consignment Stores Closing

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Colleen Quinn
Sep 30, 2008

We went for a walk through the neighborhood on Sunday, and were sad to discover that one of our favorite stores to browse through was permanently shutting its doors. Washington Consignment was the second local consignment store to close in recent days; Take It or Leave It in Laurel also closed its doors last weekend...

Though we rely on Craigslist for most of our secondhand furniture purchases, we always rely on consignment stores for accessories and sometimes for inspiration. As the economy worsens, it seems we'll have fewer opportunities to enjoy the unique atmosphere of a local secondhand store. We often wonder if the growing popularity of sites like Ebay and Craigslist has permanently eroded the traditional base of buyers and sellers once targetted by consignment stores?

Have you begun to notice store closings or size reductions in your neighborhood?

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