Needful Things features consignment goods

Published on Wed, Feb 16, 2011 by By Jeremy Schwartz

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Blaine and Birch Bay residents now have another way to find a home for some of their unused items and perhaps make a little money at the same time.

Saturday, February 5, saw the grand opening of Needful Things, the area’s newest consignment shop. Owner Brenda Graves said the reception she received from community members, including Blaine mayor Bonnie Onyon, has been more than she could have hoped for.

“The response from the residents has been overwhelming,” she said.

Graves first became aware of the space for lease on Peace Portal Drive in December. She said she opened a consignment store because she felt the need was not being met in Blaine and has received several comments from customers telling her the store fills a niche.

She said she is incredibly thankful for the response from residents, who have already filled her store with everything from furniture to chess sets, to the point that new consignors are being put on a waiting list. The store’s 1,100 square feet are practically stacked to the gills, Graves said.

After planning to move to Las Vegas when her husband passed away from cancer in 2009, Graves decided to stay behind after several housing opportunities fell through there.

She took her home in Blaine off the market when the potential buyer backed out and said she felt something was compelling her to stay in the area.

“I thought that my husband was telling me to stay here,” Graves said. “I feel like I did the right thing staying in Blaine.”

Needful Things Consignment is located on 684 Peace Portal Drive. The store can be reached at: 360/420-2020.