Recent Mentions

 

THE WASHINGTON POST, Road Trip, Sunday, June 26, 2005

"Bargain hunters stop here! Upscale Resale has a warehouse full of
consignment furniture."

 

WASHINGTONIAN, Great Home Offices, August 2005

"The area's largest consignment store has more than 100,000 consignment,
estate sale, new and discontinued items displayed over 28,000 square feet.
One room is devoted to office furniture. An Ethan Allen Queen Anne style
desk, which retailed for $1200, was recently priced at $444. A Jasper
Cabinet Chippendale style desk with leather top, retailing for $2,500, was
$552. The longer items remain on the floor, the lower the prices."

 

Prior Mentions

 

THE WASHINGTON POST, April 20, 2000

"Where The Deals Are"

The Stuff: New and used furniture including upholstered pieces by manufacturers and decorators, lamps, Persian and Tibetan style rugs plus some collectibles and American and Chinese antiques. Recent sightings include Regency-style conference table for 18 ($8995 exclusive of chairs); Hepplewhite-style dining table, six chairs and sideboard ($7000); white plaster of Paris bust of David ($95); two black bearskin rugs and a maitre d' stand from Nathan's restaurant, complete with original brass plaque.

Ambiance: Football field sized operation. Store claims 1.5 million items, 10,000 consignors, 20,000 monthly visitors. This location consolidates their recently closed Rockville and Alexandria stores. Ask about their estate sale management service.

Terms for seller: 50 percent. Not accepted: water beds and passé styles - specifically Mediterranean.

 

THE WASHINGTONIAN, April 2000

“Where To Find It?”

One of the best-known consignment shops is Upscale Resale®. The place is vast - 26,000 square feet. On a recent visit, we saw room after room of armoires, bookcases, upholstered pieces, Asian accessories, and more.

We saw a few temptations: a pair of lamps made from British tea tins - though at $125 each, the price seemed steep - a $295 grandfather clock, and a glass-fronted walnut bookcase for $495. Not all of the merchandise was bargain priced, but the longer the item stays on the floor, the lower the price goes.

 

August 1996

“Where To Find It?”

Upscale Resale®: The shop sells new and used furniture. On a recent visit, we found two new cherry armoires ($565 and $1,045), each slightly nicked, and lots of new lamps. We also saw an old butterfly-leaf farm table for $195.

 

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL

Friday, March 31, 2000

Indeed, with people buying fancier fashions and new house wares so frequently these days, barely used goods are finding their way into thrift shops and consignment stores. "Fashion cycles are speeding up the life cycles of everything," says Robert Willey, President of Upscale Resale® Furniture, a Falls Church, VA. consignment store, which had annual sales of more than $4 million last year - about 20 times the level of the early 90's. People now shed expensive items on a whim, he says; for instance, one $600 painted sideboard in excellent condition landed in the shop because its teal color wasn't "in" anymore. For homeowners, it's no longer a question of "Should I keep this piece because it's well made?"

 

MR. CHEAP’S WASHINGTON D.C.

Upscale Resale®: An eclectic range of fine consignment and estate-sale stuff - not cheap, but cheap-er.

Okay, things here aren’t necessarily cheap - just cheaper than they once were. This store gets a mix of consigned pieces and estate sale furniture, both ways to save on the otherwise-pricey. So, if you just got to have a cherry writing desk for the study, you may find one here - as Mr. C did - for $400. The folks at Upscale Resale® figure they could get you a hardwood dining room table and six chairs for $800 and up. There’s always a lot of new stuff coming in; they say that 80% of their stock arrives and gets sold within 30 days.

 

UR also gets occasional consignments of new items directly from manufacturers; these are usually closeouts or pieces delivered in the wrong finish. On Mr. C’s visit, a leather sofa by a very well-known maker was selling for $1300 - easily several hundred below retail. Ya never know!

 

THE WASHINGTON TIMES

Offering a mix of antiques, model home and “rock-solid traditional furniture,” is Upscale Resale®. Buyers range from young couples starting out to upper income shoppers looking for unique pieces.

While some things sell as soon as they hit the floor on the 26,000 square-foot showroom, the average turnover is 30 days for stock coming from not only builders but estates, too. All items more than 100 years old are displayed in the Centennial Room.

Popular mahogany pieces are scattered among contemporary leather sofas and loveseats. Art, unusual mirrors and lamps, china and silver pieces, art easels and rugs fill the rooms. There’s enough to outfit an entire condominium complex...at significant savings.