New Resale Shop Opens With Specialty: Equestrian Consignments

Consignment stores seem to be popping up all over South County, despite the sour taste left behind by “Repeats,” the consignment store in South River Colony Main Street that closed earlier this year leaving thousands of sellers with neither profit from sales nor merchandise.

Equestrian items will get their own spot in the store.

But the enthusiasm of buyers and sellers of consigned items remains. We checked in on Monday and people were busy dropping off and purchasing at the newest store in Edgewater, “Eye of the Beholder II,” which held the Grand Opening on Black Friday.

A saddle for sale.

Owner Kim Bonelli said that she had looked at the Repeats space when she was scouting locations.

“It came up on my realtor’s search, and I went there, but they wanted too much. They were too expensive,” Bonelli said.

So she kept looking and found 111 Mayo Road, in the same plaza as Lucky’s convenience store and Brass on Ivory music shop. She is excited about her space, and the customers who have already been pouring in.

Bonelli is known to many in South County through her other job as a horse trainer.

That might end up being what sets this store apart. She will have a portion of the store dedicated to horse/equestrian/riding items. She already has riding boots and a saddle as well as other tack items priced and hanging from the wall.

Bonelli named the store Eye of the Beholder II, because she is partnering with the EOTB store in Crofton.

“We will share a website and customers,” Bonelli said.

Girls dresses for sale.

Bonelli’s store is already packed with goodies. A red jacket, a wedding gown, an antique hutch, side tables—and racks and racks of clothes.

Bonelli said she hit the “mother-lode” of clothing, purses, jewelry and accessories when her mom came down from Michigan.

Riding boots and a scarf, artfully posed.

“She’s a shop-a-holic,” Bonelli explained. “The car was bursting. She packed things in space bags. It was over 1,000 items.”

It took Bonelli a couple of weeks to tag the bounty, but she was thrilled with the amount and the quality that she could offer to customers.

To consign items, there is a $10 fee. An appointment is necessary for the first time, and then after that, you can bring in five items at a time, preferably on a hanger (and without a plastic bag over them). The split is 60-40, and what doesn’t sell after 90 days can either be picked up by the seller, or donated to charity.

Bonelli said she’s already talked to a couple of the other antique and consignment stores along Mayo Road.

“We’ll all share customers along the row. It’ll be great,” she said.

See—there is that enthusiasm again.

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