Independent Consignment Shop, Estate Treasures, Going Strong in Greenwich after 40 Years

Harriet Roughan in her Estate Treasures store located at 1381 East Putnam Avenue in Old Greenwich. July 23, 2018 Photo: Leslie Yager

Estate Treasures, a trusted name in the consignment business, is going strong in Greenwich after 40 years.

In March 2017 the store relocated to a brand new building at 1381 East Putnam Ave in Old Greenwich – the site of the former Patsy Crucitti & Sons Nursery & Garden Center – after many years on Rte 1 in Riverside. The former location is being transformed into a mixed-use building to house retail stores and apartments.

According to the Estate Treasures owner  Harriet Roughan, the new location, with its walls of windows, expanses of greenery out front and behind the store, plus generous parking, make for an ideal location.

After 40 years in business, the transition to the new location was seamless and  Roughan continues to pick merchandise consigned on a 50%-50% split basis with a six month contract. 

“Our quality has gotten better because we went from 7,500 sq ft to 2,600 sq ft. We’re more discerning about what we take in,” she said. “We look for best condition and best names.”

“We’re an upmarket consignment shop,” Roughan explained as she gave a tour of the expansive showroom with its array of estate furniture, jewelry and accessories including mirrors, lamps and paintings. “I’m very concerned with detail, quality, good names, good prices.”

Right now there is a 20% off sale on the already reasonable prices on outdoor furniture featuring vintage Brown Jordan, many of which are restored by Patty’s Portico with a unique powder coating, baked on paint method.

Estate Treasures is now located at 1381 East Putnam Avenue in Old Greenwich.

“Cherry, walnut, and mahogany furniture are the strongest sellers,” Roughan said of the furniture inside the showroom. “And we sell a lot of silver and name brand China.”

Roughan said Meissen, Lladró, Herend, Waterford and Baccarat are all popular. “And we sell a tremendous amount previously owned upholstery and rugs,” she said.

Among Estate Treasures’ customers are dealers, designers and even set decorators for television shows including Bull, Dietland, Madame Secretary and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.

50 Years in Greenwich
Like other longtime local residents – Roughan has lived in Riverside for 50 years, raising two children who went through Riverside School, EMS and Greenwich High School – she loves her town.

“We’ve had a very good life in Greenwich,” she said.

Still, Roughan laments the disappearance of so many independent mom and pop stores, and the ever worsening traffic.

“I remember Ricky and Joe Arcade’s shoe store,” Roughan said. “It was their father’s store on Greenwich Avenue next to Grossman Shoes. And there was Woolworth’s and Davinci’s Restaurant.”

“And I remember Rogers too,” she continued. “They’d write up a sale and put it into a chute to go straight into their billing department. You’d get your school uniform there, and they’d put your kids names in their clothes for summer camp.”

“There were such great stores and it was fun to walk on Greenwich Avenue,” she said, adding that for a time she managed a store on the Avenue called Just a Second.

“It was a Norwegian cookware store that sold pots and pans. It was next to Harry Keleshian’s,” she said, referring to Keleshian’s Carnival Card Stop on Greenwich Avenue. “His wife Edna use to come into the store.”

“It feels wonderful to still be operating in Greenwich,” Roughan said. “I’m Coming up to 80 myself.”

Estate Treasures stays in touch with regular customers through a weekly email blast featuring new items. Other times, customers will call when they spot something of interest out front.

“We are very attuned to keeping the store fresh and keeping it going,” Roughan continued. “This is my home. This is where I want to be. ‘Estate Treasures, The Place I call Home’ – that’s our byline,” she said.

“I can’t be out of the store,” Roughan said. “I enjoy it right here.”

Estate Treasures is located at 1381 East Putnam Avenue in Old Greenwich.

Tel (203) 637-4200

Email hjantiques@aol.com

Hours:
Mon-Sat 10:00am-5:30pm
Sun 12:00pm-5:30pm

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