At Home Buy Consign, a newly opened store on Michigan Road in the Stone Creek restaurant strip mall, low-priced furniture is displayed to help customers see what it will look like in their own homes.
Owner Michael Schaeffer opened the furniture consignment store two months ago and offers everything from paintings and couches to tables and lamps. Schaeffer displays the furniture as it would appear in an actual room, so shoppers can picture what it would look like in their homes as they’re shopping.
Schaeffer said it took a few months to get enough furniture to fill the space, and he got much of it from model homes, furniture shows and manufacturer’s samples.
He hopes to grow the consignment part of his business and encourages patrons to bring in their gently used furniture to sell.
“I’m growing the consignment part of the business,” he said. “As your business grows, more people want to consign. They like your store and want to continue to work with you.”
With 25 years in the furniture business, Schaeffer, who has been an Indianapolis resident for four and a half years, said he knows standard industry prices and offers quality furniture at a fair price.
“I know where furniture is priced, and I’m definitely on the wholesale or lower end,” he said.
While this is his first business venture, Schaeffer said he would eventually like to expand the business, either by opening a bigger store to hold more furniture, or expanding to more locations.
“I would love to see my business grow either here or to other locations throughout the city. I definitely want to stay in this area,” he said. “With this location, I’m in Zionsville and at the edge of Carmel and right in the middle of everything, so I thought it was a great way to get a mix of business from different areas.”