EVERETT — At this store, you can buy a modern living room set and a mounted grizzly bear to go with it.
What’s up with that?
Everett Consignment is 60,000 square feet of not what you find at the big box stores.
Joey Ghioni opened the business in July in what for the last decade was Bramble Home Store at 3210 Hewitt Ave. The historic brick building is off I-5, near the city center exit.
“We’ve been filling it up steadily,” Ghioni said. “Over time you get this great neat stuff.”
Grab a cup of coffee at the Showcase Coffee bikini stand a few blocks away and browse the wide rows of assorted highboys, sofas, beds, clocks, chairs and colorful cow hides.
Wander on your own to buy or not buy. There are no pushy sales people following you around. A few workers behind the counter answer questions, offer tape measurers and ring up sales.
The space is twice the size of Ghioni’s other store, Ballard Consignment. He also owns The Furniture Guy in Seattle.
Ghioni said Everett was the draw when the Bramble building became available.
“I saw how cute Everett was — a cute little set-on-the-water community,” he said. “It’s up and coming.”
The store has three floors of new and vintage furniture, art, decor and other trappings of civilization. Prices range from $2 for a retro Starbucks spoon to $10,000 for the taxidermied bear.
Or best offer.
“We’re negotiable on pretty much everything,” Ghioni said.
Items are taken on consignment, just as the name says. Sales are split 50-50.
Why share the profits, when apps such as OfferUp and Facebook Marketplace let sellers pocket all of it?
“I always like to think of a toaster,” Ghioni said. “When you are getting rid of a toaster, no one wants to spend the time to sell a toaster. Consignment is another option.”
Businesses stock him up with open box and returned items that can’t be sold in a showroom and other inventory.
The 6-foot bear is another story.
“I was out having beers and said, ‘We need something in the store that people can take their pictures with,’” Ghioni said.
He saw the grizzly on Craigslist by a seller south of Seattle.
“I just called him up and told him I would buy it off of him if he dropped it by, and he said ‘OK.’ And then I completely forgot about it,” Ghioni said. “A week later, the guy shows up with this bear. He was a lawyer and this was in his office. It was one of his pride pieces and he’s retiring.”
He bought the bear and priced it high to keep it around.
So far, the bear that might have been hunted for sport has not generated any offers or customer complaints, Ghioni said.
“People seem more fascinated by it than anything,” he said.
The bear, perched on a rocky base, has shiny soulless eyes and an outstretched paw with menacing claws. Yet it looks almost friendly.
It was just another teddy bear to 7-month-old Theo Armstrong. From his father’s arms, he curiously stretched his hand toward the long snout.
“It’s a very cool place,” said his dad, Nick.
The bear caught the attention of Crystal McCave and her daughter, Sawyer, 15.
“I texted a picture to my husband and I said, ‘I came for a wardrobe, but I don’t know if I can leave without the bear,’” McCave said.
But she did.
“There’s no way I could take that bear home,” she admitted. “It would take up half of my living room.”
The sprawling chambers of the old store brought out the kid in the mom.
“We thought it would be fun to play hide-and-seek in here,” she said.
But she didn’t.
The main floor living room displays and antique cameras appealed to Sawyer.
“I like the different types of couches,” the teen said.
The top floor is an art gallery of flashy paintings going for $150 to $350.
“This is funny, a guy in San Francisco came to the store in a van and his name is Doobie,” Ghioni said. “He commissions to have these made. He frames them and packages them on pallets and consigns them with us.”
Pick what clicks: A giant martini, people walking in the rain, a dog smoking a cigar, Buddha.
The 4-foot $1,500 gold rhino head came from a furniture show in Las Vegas.
Ghioni bought six rhinos. He gave one away as a store promotion prize.
“One went over to Dave Matthews,” he said, referring to the famous musician who lives in Seattle.
Another funny story: “Two were purchased by people who both had convertible Mercedes,” Ghioni said. “They stuck this thing in the back and drove away with the horn hanging out.”
Two to go.