Habitation Expands into Upscale Resale Furnishings with Designer ReHab

Image courtesy Habitation Furnishing + Design 

Two and a half years after opening its Excelsior Boulevard storefront, Habitation Furnishing + Design is shaking things up. This week, it debuts a new upscale resale furnishings concept, Designer ReHab. The store will feature a mix of consigned home goods via a trade-in program and closeout clearance items from Habitation.

Owner Gregory Rich says that Designer ReHab will offer a 50-50 split for consigned furniture, or a flat sum to be used as store credit at either Habitation or Designer ReHab, regardless of whether the item sells or not. (As a general rule, he says furniture between one to seven years old and in good condition sells for 20 to 30 percent of the original value.) Much of the resale goods at Designer ReHab will feature the same modern-contemporary-eclectic aesthetic as Habitation, although it may accept some traditional items.

As an added bonus, the store will pick up any trade-in items and offer delivery on new merchandise in the metro area for free. “It’s what we call the MIGA solution—make it go away,” Rich says.

The new store will eventually take over the site currently occupied by Habitation once that store moves into its new location, which is currently under construction, on West Lake Street in St. Louis Park in late May or early June. Until then, the two concepts will split the Excelsior Boulevard storefront, and will be open for business beginning this Thursday.

“This will allow us to start our product trade-in program and start taking consignment products from the public right away while still maintaining the design function” of Habitation, explains Rich. Look for a close-out truckload in early April before Habitation moves into its new location.

In other Habitation news, Rich recently launched a new radio program, Drink in the Style, airing Sundays at 5 p.m. on AM950 (also available via podcast). Each show is hosted by Rich and features a different special guest from the design world, including architects, furniture manufacturing representatives, and interior designers, and the pair discuss trends in contemporary furnishings and interiors. Each episode will also feature a mixologist, who will craft a cocktail during the broadcast that’s reflective of the guest’s area of expertise.

The first episode featured Lena LoPesio, local interior designer and former owner of Vogue Furniture in Bloomington, who discussed her experience working with Prince on the interiors of Paisley Park.

Opening Thursday, March 15 @ 4317 Excelsior Blvd., St. Louis Park, habitationdesign.com

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