At a time when many beloved home boutiques are shuttering, Oak Park’s Divine Consign has thrived. The secret? Working with the economy rather than against it. “There has been a fundamental shift in the way that people look at shopping and at furnishing their homes,” says the owner, Kellie Scott, 41, who left a career as a partner in an insurance defense law firm to open the store. Her concept is simple: bring together furniture of all styles in one unpretentious place, where contemporary brands such as Henredon and Habersham are stocked alongside Room & Board and Ethan Allen. On a recent visit, we found a Stickley Eastwood chair ($1,709), a brown leather sectional ($1,499.99), a walnut roll-top desk ($719.99), and a Formica dining table ($179.99) with matching diner-style vinyl and chrome chairs ($79.99). The store gets 20 to 30 new items every day, Scott says. The idea is to keep things moving, which makes the consigners and the shoppers more active participants.
“Sometimes the guys will be bringing a piece through the door and someone will buy it before it hits the floor.”
WHERE 111 N. Oak Park Ave. and 810 North Blvd., Oak Park; 708-386-3366, divineconsignoakpark.com
PRICE RANGE From less than $30 for small accents to $3,500 for a (now sold) 9-foot-tall, 13-foot-wide Habersham armoire (list price was $15,000)
EXTRAS Pickup and delivery services; home staging; on-staff interior designers; a three-day return policy
HOURS Monday, Tuesday, and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Wednesday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.
PARKING Metered street parking on Oak Park Avenue or North Boulevard
Photograph: Kendall Karmanian