SLO Consignment Furniture
(805) 544-5900
1599 Monterey Street
San Luis Obispo, CA
Hours Mon-Sat 10.00-6.00pm
Corner of Grove Street & Across from Pepe Delgados
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A little over two years ago, interior designer Jennifer Alderman moved to San Luis Obispo from New York City. Having left much of her furniture behind, she began to poke around local shops.

“I wasn’t thrilled with offerings in new furniture,” she said. “I started to look at antique stores, estate sales and yard sales. I thought, this is just too big a community to not have a consignment store.”



    SLO Consignment is looking for good quality, lightly used furniture. Bring in or email a photo of your piece. If it’s accepted and you need help transporting the item, the shop can recommend a moving company that performs small jobs. The consigner and the store will agree on a price and, when the piece sells, the consigner receives 50 percent of the proceeds.


    Fewer people are decorating with matched sets, such as coordinated bedroom and dining room furniture. Mixing in a few pieces of pre-owned furniture is not only budget-friendly, it’s on-trend.


    When you’re buying a preowned piece, take time to check it over well. Examine furniture for cracks, chips or wobbly legs. Consider how much use the piece will get. If the flaw is merely cosmetic, perhaps you can touch it up, or disguise it by placing the damaged side against a wall.

Alderman opened SLO Consignment on Sept. 1, selling lightly used furniture, accessories, lighting, rugs, art and tableware. It’s what she calls the “new model” of consignment stores.

“It’s not the musty, dusty, crusty consignment shop of old,” she said. “It’s a place where you can find eclectic and unique offerings.”

Alderman is choosy about the quality of the pieces she accepts, insisting that they be “a good step above thrift shop quality.”

She also shies away from anything too generic — things that can be picked up at any chain store. She prefers unusual items, vintage pieces and antiques. She has no style preference, however. The store accepts everything from traditional to contemporary to cottage.

Recent offerings included an intricately carved Chinese bar cabinet, modern Saarinen tulip side chairs, and an antique round walnut dining table with turned legs. There was also a baby grand piano on the floor, as well as unusual accessories like Japanese Hakata dolls.

Alderman likes to call her goods a “curated collection,” referring mainly to how the pieces are displayed. The store is set up in vignettes that tastefully combine furnishings, art and accessories. In front are the higher-end goods. Make your way to the back of the store and you’re likely to find lower-priced items and the occasional piece that needs a little cosmetic touch-up.

For all merchandise, she estimates that shoppers can expect to pay 50 percent to 75 percent less than they would for new items.

According to Alderman, the influx of consignment pieces has been steady — and mostly top-notch stuff.

“People are downsizing and paring down,” she explained.

Alderman added that customers have been eagerly snapping up these consigned pieces, keeping the turnover of merchandise steady.

“The price makes it accessible, so people can buy things for their home that maybe they wouldn’t have considered otherwise,” she said.

SLO Consignment Furniture is at 181 Tank Farm Road, Suite 110, in San Luis Obipso, 544-5900. A selection of furniture is posted on the store’s website, .


Style by design

San Luis Obispo County shoppers have access to a shop where they can buy unique, pre-owned home furnishings. SLO Consignment Furniture, which opened on Sept. 1, not only sells well-priced, lightly used furniture, but also offers locals a place to consign some of their own household items.

Owner Jennifer Alderman said she wants to present furniture that “appeals to a variety of people,” and has

filled her store with a selection of indoor and outdoor furniture and decorative accessories.

 Jennifer Alderman wants to help people spice up their homes with pre-owned furnishings PHOTO BY STEVE E. MILLER






SLO Consignment Furniture is the first occupant of a newly constructed space that has loft-like proportions with an open floor plan. The building has extremely high ceilings and clerestory windows that let in an abundance of sunlight, showcasing the pieces inside. A black, baby grand piano sits to the right of the entryway, welcoming customers. And just about every different piece of furniture you can think of—from a French art deco day bed to a Heyman Wakefield dining set to ornate vanities—is somewhere among the offerings scattered about the building.

Because of economic concerns and environmental awareness, many consumers are buying pre-owned goods rather than something newly made. This trend has allowed resale and consignment stores, as well as thrift shops, to flourish. According to the National Association of Resale Professionals, “the industry has experienced a growth in number of stores of approximately 7 percent a year for the past two years.” Alderman said she believes “people are examining their purchasing habits and realizing that they don’t always need to buy new things.” She hopes her store will serve as “a resource for the design community, collectors, and shoppers.”

To have your furniture consigned through SLO Consignment Furniture, e-mail photos of your items to If your items are approved, SLO Consignment will set up a time for you to drop them off. The consignment period is approximately 90 days, and the consigned items will be offered at full price for the first 60 days and at 20 percent off for the next 30 days.

If your item doesn’t sell, SLO Consignment will contact you and ask you to pick it up. If your item then sits for 10 more days, SLO Consignment will donate it to the SLO Hospice Partner’s Hope Chest.

SLO Consignment Furniture is located at 1599 Monterey Street, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401. It’s open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. For more information, visit or call 544-5900.

Article by Jack Johnson, New Times