PROFILES | Women in Business
What made you decide to get into
your line of work?
I found working at Gallery St. Elmo to be
such a great experience that I bought the
store! I’ve been a weaver of throws and
scarves, a bead jewelry designer, and have
previously collected and sold antiques.
Now I enjoy assembling appealing displays
of consigned furniture and home décor in
the store as my creative outlet, as well as
selling my own work.
What makes you different than others
in your profession?
I strive to create a constantly changing
flow of unique and useful objects and
furniture, usually one of a kind, which
means adjusting display spaces so the
store looks very different day to day. I
offer a great outlet for selling and buying
unusual decorative objects as well as
furniture that spans styles and looks, but
I’m selective about condition and appeal.
The pictures I send weekly to my email list
are hugely popular.
What’s an example of a time when
you helped a customer that you’re
particularly proud of?
People choose our store as an outlet
for objects they value or that have been
cherished in their families, and so there’s
an emotional component to consignment
absent from retail. I like having shoppers
discover something that fills a need, like
a new table and chairs, beautiful lined
drapes or a dramatic lamp. Customers
share their photos so I can see how
purchased items are integrated into their
homes, such as a pair of striking kitchen
lights or a family room sofa.