Today's Side Deal gets you $15 for $35 worth of vintage and secondhand goods at The Red Geranium in North Royalton. This colorful consignment shop fills every nook and cranny with high-quality vintage and gently used secondhand goods. They don’t accept threadbare, flea-bitten couches or trench coats coated in condiments; instead they request that items still be in fine fettle, from glossy coffee-table books and vintage linens to retro furniture and whimsical décor. Antiquarians can snag a colorful, well-preserved 1940s tablecloth ($39), a sterling marcasite ring ($29), or a flirty 1950s sundress ($35), or hunt the vintage treasure trove for unique gift items like an antique fishing reel ($10) or vintage pocketknife ($16.50).
In today’s ultramodern world of mass-produced modular furniture and slack-jawed robot servants, well-preserved vintage goods contain a whisper of the olden days, when families still sat down for tense conversation around the dinner table and personal computers were made to last by hardworking carpenters. The Red Geranium's quaint storefront, with the phrase “a resale shop” hand-painted on a window framed with pottery and knick-knacks, brings to mind memories of Grandma’s house, down to the window sign she whittled that read “Grandma’s house.” The store’s appearance doesn’t lie—it’s chock-full of whimsy and unusual finds for discerning and sensitive souls.
A Flower Power card cannot be used with your Groupon.
The Red Geranium
Although it can be tough to sum up a consignment store's eclectic stock in only a few words, Judy Schordock, owner of The Red Geranium, feels she's up to the challenge. "If it's unusual, collectible, whimsical, valuable, or exceptional, we've got it," her website says. She particularly specializes in home furnishings and clothing, ranging from classic china sets to vintage costumes. She also stocks her shelves with fine, handmade goods alongside designer labels.
Judy maintains a highly curated, constantly revolving collection by only accepting consignments on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. She also allows unsold items to remain on her shelves for no longer than eight weeks before she donates them to charities that serve the needy. If items are sold within the eight-week span, Judy rewards their original owners with a slice of the profit.