It is a well-known fact that the best vintage finds smell faintly of sweet geraniums, much like how the most loyal dogs smell strongly of corn chips. Follow your nose to today’s deal: for $15, you get $35 worth of vintage and secondhand goods at The Red Geranium in North Royalton. Buy up to two of today’s Groupon for use on separate visits.
The Red Geranium is a consignment shop that specializes in 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. You might snag a colorful, well-preserved 1940s tablecloth for $39, a sterling marcasite ring for $29, or a flirty 1950s sundress for $35. Try to find an early Father’s Day present in the form of a vintage fishing reel ($10) or vintage pocketknife ($16.50). Whether you’re looking for a gift or something to perk up a bland living room, you’re sure to find it cosseted away in one of The Red Geranium’s nooks and crannies.
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.
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CityVoters ranked The Red Geranium the No. 2 Best Vintage and Resale Shop in the Cleveland and Akron-Canton area in 2009, No. 3 in 2008, and No. 1 in 2007. Four Insider Pagers give it four stars, and nine Citysearchers give it 4.5:
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.