Consign Design more than a store
As I pulled open the door to escape the snowfall, a bell rang softly and from the back of the cluttered store and a faint voice sweetly called out, “Hello?”
I ventured further into the store, admiring the old-fashioned furniture and handmade jewelry, when out popped Judi Reimer from behind a 1950s style cabinet. She smiled and I instantly felt warm.
Judi and her daughter, Cheryl, are the owners of Consign Design Furnishings, 234 Main St., across from Fairfield Inn and Suites. They take pride in making people happy. They buy antiques and furniture from people who need to sell, then offer the products in the store. At first glance, a basic consignment shop.
What makes Consign Design special, however, is the people inside the store and their stories.
“This store isn’t about me or how much money we make. It is about the greater good, and helping people,” said Judi, “I honestly do what I can and we enjoy helping people. It’s what we were put here for.”
After visiting Grand Junction several times throughout the 1990s, the family decided to leave their Las Vegas home. In 1997, they bought the building on Main Street.
“Well, we always came downtown and just fell in love with Main Street. We figured it would be much better than the Las Vegas heat, and a nice place to end up,” said Reimer.
Before Consign Design, the Reimers rented the building to three consecutive bar owners, each failing to create enough business. Judi likes to collect things so the family decided to open Consign Design in 2003.
Judi buys items for the store and spends most of her time organizing the shop, while Cheryl handles the taxes, payroll and consignment checks.
“I really couldn’t do any of this without my daughter, Cheryl. I am one of the luckiest 75-year-olds today,” said Judi, “I have something I love and a family that does so much.”
The feel-good atmosphere of Consign Design was challenged last November when an armed man robbed the store, taking cash from behind register.
Despite the scare, The Reimers have remained cheerful.
Judi also dedicates time to volunteering for Hospice. “I love volunteering at the Hospice. If we didn’t have Consign Design I would spend so much time at the Hospice,” said Judi, “I just can’t sit still. I need to have something challenging my mind and body.”
One of her favorite memories of Consign Design happened several years ago when a young girl and her grandmother visited Main Street for the girl’s birthday. Upon entering, the girl’s eyes found a shiny necklace with a cross pendant. The girl wanted the necklace so badly, but her grandmother only had enough money for lunch.
She dropped her head and as she turned to leave the store, Judi stopped her, spun the little girl around, and put the necklace around her neck. “Happy birthday,” she whispered
Judi began to tear up as she told me the story. In talking with her, I found myself feeling happy, and just as the little girl did when when given her the necklace. I smiled.
“We should all strive to do good by other people,” said Judi, “If everyone lived that way we could make this an amazing world.”