There’s a new resimercial consignment shop on Winslow Way.
Resimercial is residential and commercial offerings. A consignment shop sells secondhand items on behalf of the original owner, who receives 60% of the sales price.
Cynthia Johnson opened It’s New To You three months ago in the space where the Seattle Children’s Hospital Bargain Boutique used to be. It sells local art from various consignors and furniture like Knoll, Herman Miller, Baker and Steelcase, among others.
“A lot of people have come in and taken away a lot of the iconic pieces,” she said. “I have things that are 100-years-old … I am in love with furniture. If someone wants to repurpose a room it would take them months. If they come into my store, they can pretty much find pieces that they love and they can work around.”
Johnson is the only employee of her new business and plans to keep it that way for at least the first year.
“I’m putting my heart and soul in this project,” she said. “I want this to be branded Cynthia Johnson. I am married to the store for a year.”
She said her shop is kind of tucked away on Winslow Way. She compared it to Italian restaurant The Pink Door in Seattle.
“If you’re going to find me, you’re going to find me,” Johnson said. “I’m in there almost every day, and people are finding me.”
In a unique approach in this day and age, Johnson said she doesn’t plan on having a website for her shop.
“I don’t think I’m ever going to,” she said. “I honestly think that people who are wanting to get a piece of this iconic, mid-century look, they’re going to find me. They’re going to seek after me, I’m not going to seek after them. The people who really get it are going to get it.”
Johnson, who has 25 years of commercial furniture experience, has lived on Bainbridge Island off and on for five years. She has lived around Puget Sound her whole life in places like Olympia, Bellevue and Seattle.
She said she conceived the idea for the consignment shop while on her walks through Winslow when she’d often pass by the space at 253 Winslow Way W. #201. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays.
“I just kept looking in the window, and I thought ‘what a shame, what a beautiful space,’ ” Johnson said.
While living in Sun Valley, Idaho, for a few months, Johnson said that consignment stores were the “hottest thing” around.
“I came home, and I thought, ‘that’s what I’m going to do,’” she said. “People are working from home, people need things. Everything is so much more expensive.”
“It’s in my blood,” Johnson continued. “I believe that people need to sit and work at a commercial level. I don’t believe they need home-grade office furniture. I believe in living in beauty…and not paying too much for them.”
Johnson said she is thankful for all the support and kind words she’s been receiving.
“I’ve made so many new friends, it’s amazing,” she said. “The neighborhood has embraced me. I am so fortunate that I’m on Bainbridge. They are just so supportive.”