CONSIGN & DESIGN
“Treasure the love you receive above all.” – Og Mandino
When Julie Dunn Brown first opened ReLove in July of 2014 with her daughter, Paige Denier, they were tucked away in an old 1,800 square foot garage behind JBo’s on Florida Road.
“It was perfect for starting out,” Brown explained. “I didn’t know what kind of response we would get from the community.”
The response was overwhelming and ReLove became a dream come true – not only for the owners who live the dream, but for the consignors who get to see their cherished possessions live on and for the buyers who come into ReLove to find the perfect piece for which they have been searching!
Four years later, the little shop was bursting at the seams and needed a new place to call home.
As she looked lovingly around the bright, open room with its aged hardwood floors, the walls lined with shelf after sturdy, book-filled shelf under the white, punched-tin ceilings punctuated with classic schoolhouse lights, Brown shares with her eyes glowing, “This was our very first choice years ago when I had the Steaming Bean.”
“Everybody knows this store. It’s Durango. It’s the old west. It’s lovely,” Brown said. “My dream was to be in here with the coffee house and books and a music store.”
Almost 20 years later, the store located at 110 E. 5th Street is not a coffee house, but ReLove feels every bit as cozy. Every square inch of the welcoming space has been thoughtfully filled and organized with previously loved but good-as-new furniture, art, books and much more.
“It takes people a long time to walk through the store because there are so many things tucked away among the books and shelves,” said Brown.
The books are an element of interest in and of themselves. In fact, Brown and Denier share the space with Denny Rahilly, owner of Second Story Used Books.
“This is his second location,” Brown quietly explained, not wanting anyone to hear of his store’s initial home, still on Main Avenue above Chimayo. “There are books from a dollar to a thousand dollars. You can see the quality of his books too. They are in wonderful condition.”
Actually, everything at ReLove is in outstanding condition. Brown and Denier are meticulous in their decisions to accept items to be sold in the shop. Denier, an interior designer, has an eye for what is trending in style and what will sell. From classic Stickley furniture to a piece made from reclaimed fencing at Vallecito, there is absolutely something for any and every individual taste and design style.
Julie and her daughter want to ensure that every items available are priced as fair as possible for both the consignor and the buyer.
“If we go online and find a manufacturer and an item, we will go two-thirds of the lowest price we can find,” Brown explained.
Julie and Paige also have relationships with other business owners and experts throughout the town to provide support. This mother-daughter duo provides their consignors the fairest price possible.
“We all collaborate and we all work together,” Brown said. “We all have our own niche, and we don’t step on each other’s toes.”
ReLove has become a part of the community. It is a place to pass your treasures on and a place to be inspired. Stop in and see for yourself, and don’t be surprised if the afternoon slips away from you.
Story written by Sara Kinght | Photos provided by ReLove Consign & Design