Just like ABC Carpet and Home on Broadway, which has multiple stories of new and vintage furniture, curios from around the world, jewelry, art and every unique item for the home, Consignment Galore on East Main Street in Riverhead, New York, is a mecca for the home decor enthusiast. The difference is the price, and starting tomorrow, Saturday, August 1st, those prices drop dramatically as Michael Mahon, Consignment Galore’s proprietor, kicks off a massive moving sale that will run throughout August. For avid collectors heading out to the East End for the weekend, this is a sale not to be missed. Consignment Galore features two floors that are chock full of everything from antique pottery, porcelain, silver, brass, china, crystal, sofas, chairs, ottomans, settees, loungers, clocks, vintage phones, books, paintings and prints, posters, jewelry, vintage toys, beds, chests, vinyl records, bicycles, old cameras, garden decor, hats, dining tables and chairs and handbags, belts, and more.
Mahon and co-owner, Danielle Gisiger, opened Consignment Galore almost two years ago, taking over the space once occupied by another consignment store, Red Collection, but did not manage to attract the clientele to keep its doors open past the end of the summer. Riverhead has seen a gentrification over the past 15 years, with renovations of the movie theater into a concert space, cafes and restaurant openings and the draw of the Tanger Outlets, but it is still the hub through which most people pass on their way to the Hamptons or other towns on the North Fork. The traffic circle near the county courts spins travelers toward Montauk, Easthampton, Westhampton, Quogue and other points East, but Riverhead largely remains a year round working class town. Mahon and Gisiger will reopen in a much smaller location next to the Meetinghouse Deli on Main Road in Aquebogue in September.
Walking though the doors of Consignment Galore earlier this week was like entering a fantasia of delight for anyone who loves to explore and discover treasures from the past. A vintage handmade teddy bear perched on an antique sofa was lovingly scooped up by Leann, a customer who expressed how the eyes of the bear “just caught me and pulled me in”. Other shoppers in the store painstakingly perused the densely stocked stainless shelves that bulge with pottery, china, crystal and antique flatware while others pondered over antique bureaus and dining tables. There is stately wrought iron garden furniture, planters, vintage wicker chairs and loungers, an assortment of colorful brimmed hats, chunky, summery vintage plastic bracelets and bangles and even a section featuring Gisiger’s original couture dresses, tops, pants and skirts. The second floor of the 8000 square foot space is a vintage hunter’s paradise of furniture, dolls, an old rocking horse, a unicycle, mirrors, artwork, boxes of kitchenware and antique beds and bureaus.
Mahon himself is something of a charismatic figure. Fluent in Spanish and Portuguese, he lived in the Brazilian Amazon for twenty years in his youth and later imported furniture and art from India. A black and white photo of Mahon’s father on the counter depicts a man who resembles the film director and adventurer John Huston, standing near the diamond mine his family ran on the Amazon River, with a holstered gun and an umbrella. Gisiger is a couture hat designer whose work was recently shot in Rome for an upcoming spread in W magazine. The whimsical and artistic displays around Consignment Galore are all her handiwork, and her designer’s aesthetic is easily visible all over both floors. Gisiger and Mahon carefully choose what they accept in their store, and the result is a meticulously curated collection of vintage furniture and ephemera.
The selection will not be as vast at the new location in Aquebogue, as the space is much smaller at about 1600 square feet, and will not offer the huge assortment of clothing, figurines and crystal vases now so profuse at the Riverhead location. Mahon and Gisiger will focus on a more limited curation of mid-century furniture and summer garden sets for a seasonal specific customer. The new store’s name is tentatively titled The Black Whale and Mahon is planning a soft opening later in August. Now is the time, however, to get to Consignment Galore in Riverhead to scoop up the huge bargains that await as Mahon is already offering deep discounts and plans to sell what remains at out of state sales and auctions when the doors close for the last time at the end of August.
54 East Main Street
Riverhead, NY 11901