Scotts Addition consignment shop Eviction offers unique finds with vintage flair
I’m driving through Scotts Addition trying to and I quickly remember how much I love this part of town. The mix of architecture types, with buildings constructed from the early 1900′s to refinished warehouses with new modern style and everything in between, the neighborhood provides a great view into not only how the city has changed, but how much our tastes have changed as well.
But the buildings lining this part of town aren’t the only awesome eclectic collections near by, Eviction, a new(ish) consignment shop owned by Fredericksburg native Derrick McElhaney (top image) is similarly full of unique items spanning the region’s tastes and flavors.
“My mom would always change the house a lot, she liked to buy things and switch everything up,” McElhaney said to me as we sat in his shop located at 2943 W Marshall St. His mom’s love of design and consignment is where he traces his own love for the art of reselling. “She got into all the country primitives, but we slowly switched over to mid-century, vintage stuff.”
McElhaney pinpointed the birth of his passion to when a family friend would toss him $20 every week and take him to auctions out in the country. There he’d explore the old houses affixed with massive tents and peruse the collections of other peoples things and pick out what he loved the most. First it was old coins and antique cameras, but before long he was buying larger items.
“I slowly change styles and get rid of stuff, then get new stuff,” he said. This pattern of buying and selling continued for some time, helping to build his consignment empire which is now available for you at the right price.
“The more and more you go to actions and estate sales you find better and better things,” he said about how his skills evolved into the small business he now operates. “I think I’m finally buying the stuff I want to sell.”
As for items in his shop, they range from taxidermied warthog heads to mid-century lamps. He’s got a fondness for animal-related items and bright colors and every where you look that love is manifested in all its unique, previously owned majesty.
“I call my style, mid-century Palm Springs,” he said with a little laugh before admitting he tries not too take it too seriously.
McElhaney said he travels outside of the state from time to time, but spends most of his consigning trips hitting up shops in the Commonwealth.
“You never know what you’re gonna find,” he said. “In West Virginia last week I found a life-sized brass Pomeranian. You wouldn’t think Morgantown, WV would have a life-sized Pomeranian but there it was.”
The idea of turning his love of consignment into a full time gig started about four years ago. He had already been collecting, and online outlets like One Kings Lane allowed him to turn a passion into a money making project. Before long he got sick working from home so he started looking for a physical location.
“It was the next step, cause online trends go in and out and I’d rather like to have a shop,” he said. “And now I can tell my friends I’m at work and not just at home wrapping stuff.”
He didn’t start looking in Scotts Addition, with his eyes on a West End spot first, but the cheap rent pulled him closer to the city.
“There’s not much retail around,” he said. “That’s a good thing and a bad thing, but there’s lots of interest in the area… It’s more lit than the fan at night time, I’m not having any problems.”
He opened his doors in Oct. 2015, and things were busy when I arrived. We even stopped our interview so he could help a lady load a particularly large item into the back of her truck.
As we wrap up our time together I ask if there’s any items he’s got that he hasn’t been able to let go of, they are all his items after all.
“I’ve had dining set I bought in middle school,” he said thinking back. “I got it at auction, and I’m just waiting for the right place to put it.”
I think about the amount of furniture I burned through (sometimes literally) in my college years and can’t help but be impressed.
You can find yourself impressed when you head over to Eviction at 2943 W Marshall St., near Richmond Triangle Players.
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