Next Door Consignment
By KATELYN KELLEHER
CROMWELL - Cromwell’s downtown businesses are neighborly, with business owners collaborating rather than competing, which is only fitting that one of the most recent additions to downtown is Next Door Consignment.
When Kim Girven set out last year to open a consignment shop specializing in home goods, furnishings and decor, she initially didn’t see much potential in the vacant Main Street space. After visiting a nearby restaurant, she walked by and looked inside.
“It was so gross,” Girven said with a laugh. A few days later, she was in the area again and this time a ‘for rent’ sign was in the window--she reconsidered.
With a few months of elbow grease remodeling the store, Next Door Consignment opened just in time for Christmas. The trees, ornaments and holiday decor all sold and since then a steady stream of artwork, glassware, furnishings, lighting, baskets, decorative pieces, flower arrangements, etc. have made their way through the eclectic shop.
Next Door Consignment even has a few pieces from local artists, including felted pillows by Bobbie Van Ness and a scene depicted out of old barn wood crafted by New Hampshire artist John W. Long.
Passersby are tempted to stop in when they see the beautiful window displays, and inside is a treasure hunt. Girven said one of her favorite parts of the job is when an item in the shop brings a sense of nostalgia to a customer.
“Someone will see something and go, ‘Oh my God, my grandmother has a bunch of these!’” she said, “and then they’ll ask me if I want them and of course I do.”
Though Next Door Consignment is filled with a wide mix of items of all ages, the shop is orderly. Girven only accepts items in good quality and makes sure everything is clean before it goes out on display. But if a customer doesn’t find exactly what they’re looking for, Girven is happy to keep an eye out for it.
“I have a list that I flag things for customers who are looking for something, so when I’m out at sales if I see it I can pick it up,” she said.
Girven has her own list of popular-selling items she seeking more of for the store, including flower arrangements, real wood furniture and baskets.
With items coming in and selling regularly, customers can stop in often and there will always be something new. That said, Girven encourages customers not to hesitate if they are interested in a piece because it may be gone before they return.
In conjunction with the Cromwell Downtown Merchants’ Association, Next Door Consignment will be participating in a sidewalk sale on Main Street this Saturday, April 26, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. There will be music, food and, of course, plenty of specials offered by the downtown merchants.
Next Door Consignment, 328 Main St., Cromwell, can be reached at 860-754-4419. More information and photos can be found at www.Facebook.com/Nextdoorconsignment.