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Second-Hand Stores, Consignment Shops Have It All

AntiqueStore_GMAG_WebStepping inside a consignment, antique or second-hand store in Gwinnett County, you”re as likely to find a mahogany rocking chair as you are a set of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles action figures.

There”s something to be said for shops that sell antiques and second-hand items. If you ask the owner of a used goods stores in Gwinnett County, there”s likely a whole lot to be said.

According to Mary Hollowell, who owns Ally”s Attic, a quality used furniture, antiques and accessories business with locations in Lawrenceville and Snellville, buying used means “quality goods. Some of the new stuff out there right now, it”s just made out of cardboard.”

Ally”s Attic is an antique shop, which sells valued used goods, whereas a consignment store sells items on behalf of the original owner, who receives a percentage of the selling price.

Consignment store owner Melissa Baxter said it “allows you to shop quality items without breaking your budget.” Baxter owns Lilburn”s Back by Popular Demand. It contains 8,000 square-feet of ladies clothing, shoes and accessories. She likened finding a good pair of jeans to “finding a good man. It”s not easy. It”s an investment. A woman can wear everything they own with the right pair of jeans.”

Baxter said her clothing consignment store offers many different options. Hollowell believes that variety is key. “It”s anything from fine china to antique hand grenades,” she said.

To walk into an antique or consignment shop is like a trip into another world, said Vintage Village Owner Debbie Formento. Customers of her store think of it as “a happy place, where they can leave behind the turmoil of the world.”