New Year - New Start

Lois Butler - Tuesday, January 05, 2016

Have you had enough of winter yet?  I know I have.  

During winter many of us tend to spend more time indoors browsing magazines and internet sites like Pinterest, resulting in a critical eye when it comes to our own home.  We feel the urge to refresh, redecorate, or declutter our living space.  As you are working towards simplifying and reordering your space, maybe you will find a few furniture pieces that you would like to sell.


From the start, our Consignment Service, has been a very successful venture. We have many satisfied buyers and sellers as quality pieces move from one home to another.  Right now we are particularly interested in smaller tables and storage pieces but we are still open to dining room sets and larger cabinets. These pieces are often sold just as they come into the store, but they are great candidates for "upstyling" and "repurposing"too.  

  
      Upstyling: Paint Techniques           Repurposing: Kitchen to Entry Way

Just send pictures of your items to consignment@loisbutler.com.  Please don't automatically decide that "they won't want this".  Just send your pictures and we will let you know what we are able to take.

This past year has been an interesting journey for us as we have expanded the scope of our business to include furniture consignment, custom woodwork, furniture transformations through painting techniques, and now painting classes (class schedule soon to be published).  All of these additions have been the result of our improved and enlarged location at 294 Lakeshore.  So feel free to come and browse anytime as stock rotates quickly and the some items hardly make it to the showroom before a very speedy exit transpires.  

I'll end with a sample gallery of consignment, created, and transformed furniture that has passed through our doors.

Have a Happy and Healthy New Year and good luck with your decorating plans!










 





Exceptional Consignment - Kitchen and Dining Deals

Lois Butler - Friday, August 14, 2015

We continue to be amazed at the exceptional quality of consignment goods that have come into the store.  Advantages such as not having to deal with people bargaining with you at a garage sale or online, and the wonderful surroundings of our store are two of the top reasons clients love this method of resale.  Not to mention that it clears the way for a new look for your own space. We take care of all the details! 

Today's focus is on the kitchen.  First up is this dining set consisting of a table, 6 chairs and a hutch.  It fits right into relaxed elements of farmhouse style and it really has a timeless appeal.





Kitchen islands are always the rage and this one is a top quality item.  Solid wood, drawers on both sides, and extra storage below just add to the extra workspace it provides.  Pair it up with the two leather top swivel stools and you have an instant upgrade with very little effort.




Maybe a pair of Windsor chairs is what the decor doctor ordered.  Use at a table or tuck them into a space that says come and relax.  Add a few pillows, a throw and your favourite beverage.



We hope to see you soon as we have a myriad of side tables, coffee tables, end tables, cabinets, pillows and other functional decor items.  If nothing is the right size or just the right look, we also have our Made to Measure service.  


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Emotionally Overwhelming

Lois Butler - Friday, July 24, 2015

Last Saturday morning on the way to the store, we stopped at an estate sale.  The owners of the home were there, aided by their real estate agent.  You could see it was an emotional and overwhelming experience for the couple.  They were being bombarded with questions about prices and with offers.  There was so much happening at once that the couple were have difficulty thinking on the spot as well as dealing with a bargaining situation.


The average person attending an estate sale is not considering the emotions of the seller.  They are there looking for a bargain.  It would have been better if the couple were not in attendance as it is hard to detach yourself from everything that made your house a home for many, many years.

I feel that once you have made the decision to give up your home and move to a new residence or a condo, you should start assessing your belongings.  What items will you be taking to your new home and what items will you sell or give to family?  It would be much easier to know which items members of the family would like and which ones you will be selling.  


When you start planning well in advance of the sale of your home, you also start to move on emotionally.  Many people start to get excited about their new space.  In their mind, they move on much sooner than the date of the physical move, and the idea of change becomes positive and less emotionally stressful.


Let us help you with the process by selling your items on consignment.  It's a very simple process.  

  • Just send us pictures of the items you wish to sell. 
  • If we feel we can sell your consignment piece, we will agree on a selling price.
  • You can deliver your items to us, or for a fee, have them picked up.
  • We will display them nicely in our store at no cost to you.
  • When it sells, you get a cheque for half of the sale price.

The advantage is that you don't have to deal with people coming to your home and then trying to bargain you down on your price.  Also, by starting early to get rid of the furniture you can't take with you, it means you won't end up giving it away at the last moment.

Our selection of consignment pieces has expanded as word has spread. Clients know that they will receive fair treatment as a seller and excellent value as a buyer.

English Pine Table

Here is an English pine table displayed with other consignment and new merchandise.  Actually, this photo features consignment items are from 3 different clients. The Windsor chairs at the ends of the table are from one, the smaller antique chairs are from another and the English pine harvest table is from a third client.  And yes, the table does really come from England! 

Love the the look.

Send your photos to

consignment@loisbutler.com

Mirror Mirror and So Much More

Lois Butler - Saturday, May 30, 2015


Since we have accepting consignments from our clients, we have been so fortunate to connect with people who have unique and diverse items.  When evaluating pieces for consignment, I look for the potential of the piece, as well as the condition.  A little paint and elbow grease can go a long way to produce items that will give your home that special touch.  So don't hesitate to send us photos of possible consignment offerings, even if a little TLC is required. 
We really are thrilled with our new listings this week, so take a look at our sublime offerings and be prepared to take home something exquisite.
















This selection is a mix of Furniture Consignment Furniture Transformation and Custom Furniture products.



SIX NEW SERVICES

Lois Butler - Saturday, March 28, 2015

We are happy to say that we will continue to offer all the great products and services that we have always been honoured to provide to you.  Great home decor, giftware, accessories and of course, so much more.  It will now be complimented by the following outstanding offerings.

Selling Furniture on Consignment

If you are moving, downsizing or redecorating and have furniture that will no longer fit your lifestyle or new residence, we will sell it for you.  

Just send us pictures of your furniture and we will let you know whether we can accommodate your particular piece.

Email the photos of your furniture to 

consignment@loisbutler.com

  • Email or bring in photos for approval
  • 50/50 split on the agreed upon sale price
  • Client is responsible for delivery

Furniture Transformation

Do you have a piece of furniture that needs a little love?  We can create that shabby chic look or whatever your imagination desires.  Let us create that perfect custom piece so you can fall in love with it again. 

Come in and discuss the possibilities.

These little hand painted birds adorn a rescued coffee table now on display.

  

Decorating Service

Let us help you create that space that reflects you.

Whether you need a little hand-holding or a complete room makeover, we can help with paint colours, furniture placement, custom draperies, accessorizing, and everything in between.

Custom Woodwork

Need a bench made to a certain dimension?  Found a small table or planter etc. while searching Pinterest or other on-line sites?

Come in and talk with us and if possible, we will make it for you. 

  

Home Handyman

Hire a knowledgeable professional to get all those small jobs done - hang a picture, mount mirrors, install drapery hardware, install light fixtures,...  You know, the list goes on.

Contact us for a quick solution.

Hire a Professional Home Inspector

Robert Butler Aspect Inspection

aspectinspection.com

Buying or selling your home is an important step to take.  Beyond the staging and decluttering are the all important structural and mechanical systems of a home. Be prepared by completing a pre-sale inspection and always have a home you are considering purchasing inspected, even if it is a new build.  

Hire the best.  Contact Robert Butler at 514 914 1249


Photo Galleries  We will be adding photos on an ongoing basis.  Here ere are a few samples and links for you to check out.

Custom Woodwork

Furniture Transformation

Custom Drapery: The Beauty of Light