The Exchange Consignments
Part antique store and part thrift store, The Exchange Consignments is full of treasures both old and new.
The Exchange is another one of those businesses that I pass by daily and have never visited. It's always intrigued me though, and every time I pass it on Market Street I look to see what new things are displayed outside: planters, a charming old bicycle, art. There's always something eye-catching.
The actual store is an old house, so you can go room to room looking at all of the different offerings.The front has tons of vintage costume jewelry (the vintage clip-on earrings in particular were fun to look at), as well as some nicer pieces. You can also find handbags that range from a modern Kenneth Cole bag to a vintage Louis Vuitton travel bag.
Since it's a consignment store and not an antique store, you can find home decor and furniture from five years ago just as easily as you could find some from fifty years ago.
Prices similarly range from bottom to top dollar. There are plenty of knickknacks and fun little jewelry pieces for around $5, but that vintage Louis Vuitton I mentioned earlier? $1500.
There's clothing, kitchenware, toys and art. There were a few paintings that caught my eye for a reasonably-priced $40. In fact, if I can figure out a good place to put them in my house, I may go back for them another day.
One fun little thing that sets The Exchange apart from other stores is the gift table upstairs. Kids (or adults) can choose a little gift from the table just for coming in. If you buy something, you can choose two. It's a cute idea that just adds a little something special to your visit there.
When I visited, they were bringing in new merchandise and I definitely had the feeling that they received new items and switched things around pretty often, making it a great place to visit on a regular basis.
I plan on making a trip back to The Exchange soon... hopefully to pick up that painting I had my eye on.