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Northshore Home Fall 2018

Northshore Home magazine highlights the best in architectural design, new construction and renovations, interiors, and landscape design.

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112 FALL 2018 shop W HEN DESIGNERS ARE LOOKING TO ADD SOME personality to a room, they know to stop in at Boston Consignment. "Designers can spot a well-named piece from across the store," says Sheila Ryan Roy, who owns the business with her hus- band, Real Roy. And homeowners are learning the same thing. The North Beverly store is full of items you're unlikely to find anyplace else, spanning eras from the 17th cen- tury to last week. Shoppers could find anything from a numbered lithograph by Peter Max for under $500 to a spectacular Baccarat crystal Mille Nuits chandelier from a home in Beacon Hill for $10,650. But don't think you'll Boston Consignment is full of items you're unlikely to find anywhere else. Right, Owner Sheila Ryan Roy walk in and necessarily find either of these specific treasures. Inventory moves fast and the couple has "limitless" storage, trucking new pieces in as soon as there's space in their shop. "I like to think of it as recycling high-end goods," says Sheila, whose eye for beautiful pieces lends the store a jumbled charm. Unlike an antique store, Boston Consignment carries a mélange of goods—a modern lamp, new with tags, might rest on an 18th- century chest, while a mid-century modern Formica tulip table displays a silver platter laden with crystal from the 1800s. With people constantly in flux these days, whether they are professionals relocating for a business op- portunity, empty nesters who are downsizing, or folks who are just wholesale redecorating, there is no shortage of folks looking to offload precious items— anything from a set of heirloom dishware to a whole house full of furniture. The Roys can arrange to pick up items, and consignors get a check for half of the sales price when an item finds a new home. The only hard part of running a consignment shop is having to tell people "no," Sheila says. "We try to explain, as gently as possible, that if your daughter doesn't want it, and your cousin doesn't want it, it's unlikely that someone will want to buy it."

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