Fleur de Lis blends a perfect mix of consignment and tea
Oct 23, 2012 09:59AM ● Published by Community News Service
Joanne Aguilar and Suzanne Hancharick, co-owners of Fleur De Lis Consignment in Bordentown City, didn’t always plan on selling secondhand furniture.
“We started out talking about a tea house actually,” Aguilar said. “It was something that appealed to both of us.”
Aguilar was going to pastry school at the time, so the business was initially set to center around baking and tea.
“This space had been a consignment clothing store for about 10 years,” Aguilar said. “Rebecca’s Vintage Boutique was the last one in here. When she moved across the street, the building became empty. Rebecca told us people would call her all the time about furniture and consigning furniture, so she suggested us putting furniture in here.”
Aguilar and Hancharick played with the idea of opening a furniture consignment shop for a little while until they realized they could combine the two ideas.
“We decided to start out with furniture and maybe transition into a tea house type of thing or something,” Aguilar said.
Hancharick said Fleur De Lis Consignment does have teas and has a section in the back filled with tea-related items.
“We also sell a lot of tea pots, tea cups and cake plates because we just love that stuff,” Hancharick said. “We’ve already served tea and baked goods for tasting.”
Aguilar said they plan on moving more in the tea direction. This month, they are introducing a line of Octavia teas.
“They’re loose leaf tea, so we’ll have organic, herbal and different things,” Aguilar said.
Hancharick is hoping to get to the point where they have a tea time at the shop every once in a while.
Though a furniture consignment shop was not their initial plan, Aguilar and Hancharick have really learned to love it.
“I’ve learned a lot about antiques,” Hancharick said. “It’s not just antiques in here, but right now, we seem to be getting a lot of older things like that. Now, I love it. I think it’s so interesting.”
Hancharick’s favorite piece in the shop so far was a tin mirror from Mexico.
“It was a really sharp thing,” she said. “It only lasted two days. I got it in here on a Thursday afternoon, and when I came in on Saturday, Joanne sold it already.”
Aguilar’s favorite item is an antique vanity from the 1800s.
“It’s a special piece,” she said. “It has hand carved initials. It’s beautiful.”
The owners said one of the best finds at a consignment store is crystal.
“Whether it’s used or not, if it’s not broken or chipped, crystal is like brand new,” Hancharick said. “Getting secondhand on things like that is a great buy.”
The owners of Fleur De Lis Consignment believe their shop is different than many consignment shops because of their look and presentation.
“We went to a couple consignment stores in high-end areas before we opened,” Hancharick said. “They had great things inside the store, but the store itself was nothing to talk about. It was just a place with shelves and everything just thrown in. The stuff was beautiful, but we didn’t just want that. We wanted to look a little neater.”
Aguilar attributes most of the stores display success to Hancharick and the work she does in decorating the shop.
“She’s got a good eye,” Aguilar said. “People have compared our shop to places in New York and New Hope. We get compliments all the time, and I think that’s due a lot to the way we display things. We try to display them with taste instead of kind of just piling it in here.”
The Fleur De Lis Consignment owners like to look at their business as more of a high-end consignment shop or even a gift shop. They offer gift baskets for sale at the shop. They do wine, champagne and coffee and tea baskets. You can purchase them already made or you can gather your own items from the store and have Aguilar or Hancharick put together your own customized basket.
Fleur De Lis Consignment will be hosting its first official tea tasting on Oct. 21. For more information, call (609) 424-3006 or go online at facebook.com/FleurDeLisInteriors. Fleur De Lis Consignment is located at 225 Farnsworth Ave. in Bordentown City.