Have you been looking everywhere for a good deal on a cherry wood cabinet or a piece of furniture with old-world character to fit perfectly in the corner of your living room? How about some dishes, glasses, and silverware to fill it? Maybe you feel an 8-track flashback coming on, or you want to hear the light, crackling sound of a Beatles album as it spins on a retro turntable. Do you like to experience the “feel” of reading the works of Shakespeare or Kipling in a hardcover book? How about an original Underwood standard typewriter or a shortwave radio, for your own amusement or to be used as a prop for your next production? With two floors of furniture, silverware, books, memorabilia, antiques, and more, Kingston Consignments is more than likely to have that hard-to-find relic you’ve been searching for.
“Our goal is to keep things moving. We make the store flow constantly with reasonably-priced things.”–Craig McElroy, owner
At the corner of North Front and Crown streets in uptown Kingston, just a short stroll from Deising’s Bakery, Kingston Consignments invites the casual shopper, the curious, and those on a mission to find that certain “something.” The shop is filled with pieces that are guaranteed to catch your eye, and your imagination, including posters of Frank Sinatra, Star Wars memorabilia, and, yes, even a poster of Elvis.
Kingston Consignments opened in October of 2017 and owner Craig McElroy says it’s been doing well ever since. “We’ve been amazed at how well we’re doing. We’re full-steam ahead,” he says.
“You can always find something that resonates with you. It’s the thrill of the hunt.”–Craig McElroy, owner
Craig opened the store with business partner Eric Savolainen, who runs the antique center upstairs, fully supplied by individual antique dealers, each with their own section. Craig’s love for the business started as a youth running yard sales and estate sales. “You never know what you’re going to find. I think I’ve seen it all. You can always find something that resonates with you. It’s the thrill of the hunt.” Kingston Consignments is Craig’s first attempt at his own retail business. “This is what I wanted to do and I’m there. I love the antiques, the shop, and the store. It’s working and people are enjoying it.”
Craig has years of experience working behind the scenes in the antique business, including exhibiting at antique shows in New York City, Rhinebeck, and Blue Mountain Lake in the Adirondacks. His approach is to watch for trends, keep the inventory fresh and exciting, and offer reasonable pricing. “Our goal is to keep things moving. We make the store flow constantly with reasonably-priced things. That’s what generates people coming back. We make a constant turnover so you never know what we’re going to have.”
Not only is he happy with how well the business is doing, but Craig is happy to have found a home for his business in Uptown Kingston. “I think Kingston is a great place,” he says. It has restaurants, great places to visit, it’s historical, and I love the countryside.” Craig hopes to be a part of the beautification of Kingston by having a mural painted by a local artist on an outside wall of the building for the fall O+ Festival.
Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind shop with its ever-changing one-of-a-kind items. Open seven days a week, you can walk in and wander room after room of consignments on the first floor, then explore their wide selection of antiques on the second floor.
If you have items of your own to consign, check out the “How It Works” page on the Kingston Consignments website to find out what kinds of items they accept, the consignment period, and how they handle pricing and payment.
and Fridays: 11am–5pm
Monday to Saturday: 10am–6pm