November 2006

Annie's Attic

Author: Teresa Fitzgibbons

  • A Treasure Trove for Your Home*

Looking to redecorate a room? Need to furnish a rental unit or vacation home? Searching for that perfect accent to add the finishing touch to your home? No matter what your home furnishing needs, Annie’s Attic, a furniture consignment store at 142 Arrow Road, is the perfect place to start.

“People know we have furniture,” said Annie’s Attic owner, Brenda Croteau. “But we also have a larger selection of home decorations than anyone else on the island.” Sofas, chairs, tables, armoires, and chests share the floor with a plethora of decorative pieces like lamps, prints, mirrors, florals, and a scattering of antiques.

Everything in the store is on consignment. Annie’s Attic is very particular about what items they accept. “We only take things that are in good condition and of good quality,” stressed Croteau. Annie’s Attic offers anyone who is downsizing, moving, or just tired of what they have the best consignment terms on the island. Shoppers benefit from both the reasonable prices and wide selection of home décor.

“Many people in our area have the ability to redecorate often; people can get top quality brands here at a fraction of the cost,” explained Croteau. Consignment is an effective way for anyone to furnish or redecorate. Consumers can acquire high quality items at a low cost while sellers can dispose of unwanted pieces and recoup some of the cost of their original purchase. Croteau pointed out that accessory items offer an especially cost-effective way to change the whole look of a room.

“It’s a constant metamorphosis,” Croteau said of the merchandise. “Something new is always coming in, but something that’s here one day may not be the next. It’s not like we can call and order another item.” To keep customers from feeling pressured to buy, Annie’s Attic has an approval program that allows customers to take pieces home—especially accessories—and return them if not satisfied. Annie’s Attic also offers pick-up and delivery, layaway programs, and assistance in furnishing homes or rental properties.

“Customer satisfaction is important to us,” stated Croteau. “We have many returning customers and referrals. It’s why we’ve been successful for fifteen years. It’s how we built our business.”

Whether your style is classic, contemporary, beachy, funky, exotic, or vintage, or a little bit of everything, you’re sure to find whatever you need for your home at Annie’s Attic.

DON”T THROW IT AWAY!

We all have things we don’t need just lying around the house. Annie’s Attic owner, Brenda Croteau, makes it easy for locals to put those items to good use. Three years ago, she organized the Community Care Foundation, which operates the Thrift Store located in Sheridan Park for charity. Proceeds from the store go to a variety of Christian ministries and to people and pets in the community.
“It seemed like a good idea,” explained Croteau, a New Hampshire native who has lived on the island since 1984. Croteau invested her own money to open the store, and the operation is manned entirely by volunteers. Croteau encourages people to drop off gently-used clothes, books, household items, furniture, and even cars that are still in good condition for resale. For more information, call 757-2273.

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