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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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FALL 2018 115 comak bros. landscape design & construction peabody 978.535.1227 Since 1978 we have been creating outdoor living areas where the attention to detail goes beyond the clients' expectations. COMAK BROS. LANDSCAPE DESIGN & CONSTRUCTION 978.535.1227 | 40 y e a r s celebrating stories, the Roys also do extensive research to value pieces appro- priately. While the history is always interesting to buyers, though, that's not always the story they want to tell. "Sometimes people like to act like an item was their grandmother's," Sheila says with a laugh. "It was someone's grandmother's, after all." Owners Real Roy (left) and Sheila Ryan Roy (right) witht their daughter Stacey Lai, who runs the store's social media sites. BECOME A CONSIGNMENT PRO Sheila Ryan Roy offers some hot tips for shopping consignment. ASK FOR THE HISTORY OF THE PIECE Many consignment shop owners are history buffs, and carefully research each item they sell. "We love the stories and we love to share what we can," Roy says. So maybe a young soldier was overseas during World War II and brought that floral Herend candlestick home in his bag. Or maybe there was a juicy divorce (though Roy would never name names), and he got the Steuben and she got the Waterford. "You are still the winner," she says. "The happiest customer is one who walks out with a piece they love and a story to tell about it." ASK IF THERE IS A "BEST PRICE" "Prices can change in a day," Roy says. "Consignors change their expectations sometimes, and we can pass it along." DON'T WAIT "The best items go fast," Roys says—so make sure you check all online sources often, especially if you're looking for something in particular. Boston Consignment lists items on Instagram, Facebook, and their website. Then call or buy online, if it's something you can't live without. And visit often. "The delivery truck may just be pulling in," Roy says. "The timing is unpredictable." GIVE THE STORE A WISH LIST Seeking something specific? Leave a list of items you are seeking, and they'll call you if they find a match. "Wish lists are great," Roy says. "One customer tried to hug me over the phone when I called about a sofa that had just arrived."

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