Almost a year ago, Invio Fine Furniture Consignment owner Annie Johnsen said her store had “just gone crazy” in its new space on Woodlawn just north of Central.
You might say things are getting a little crazier.
Johnsen is expanding for the second time since moving in October 2013 and the fourth time since opening four years ago. She says that’s thanks in big part to the Internet, especially social media.
“That’s been huge for us lately.”
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The store’s website, which allows consignors to check in and customers to create wish lists of pieces they want, also drives business.
“That’s really helped create a lot of traffic, too,” Johnsen says.
Invio is adding 3,900 square feet to its existing 4,400 square feet. The new space is behind next-door neighbor Great Harvest Bread Co.
“We’ll kind of be a big L shape,” Johnsen says. “It’ll be nice. We’re already putting stuff over here.”
She says Invio’s business is growing, which is leading to the need for more space.
“Our turnover’s faster, but we’re also getting more inventory in,” Johnsen says. “Most of the space we’re going to need for our consignment business coming in.”
That includes chandeliers and other lighting that she can’t properly display now.
“We don’t have much storage at all,” Johnsen says. “Right now everything comes right on the floor, so it can get kind of crazy.”
Invio also sells products to refinish and update furniture, such as paint and upholstery.
“There needs to be an area for that specifically and more of a teaching section on how do to that kind of thing,” Johnsen says.
She says the store needs a work area, too, for helping some customers with consignment items that need fixing or refurbishing.
“We help provide that service as well,” Johnsen says, though she adds, “Most of them are just fabulous the way they are.”
Invio is out of room to expand where it is again.
“I don’t know where we’d go after this,” Johnsen says.
That could mean a second location, but she’s not sure about that.
“I kind of enjoy being here with what we’re doing.”