When offered the chance to buy Napa retail store Jackie’s Consignments, Ryan Graham didn’t have to think long.
“I’ve always loved collecting and sharing beautiful things with people,” said Graham.
After working in the restaurant and wine industry, including stints at Bistro Jeanty, Bistro Don Giovanni and the Wine Train, “I was just ready for a change,” he said.
Besides that, Graham has been a longtime customer of the business, formerly owned by Barbara Treankler. Graham took over the business, located at 2497 Solano Ave., effective Jan. 1.
“Many, many things in my house have come from the store over the years,” he said.
“I enjoy a treasure hunt,” he said. And as the new owner of the store, “I never know what’s going to come through the door next.”
Part of the reason Jackie’s has been a success is “the fact that’s there’s always been something for everyone here,” said Graham. “That’s part of the magic of the store.”
“We get a lot of interesting and unique things,” said Graham. For example, this past week he’s been sourcing “finds” from the estate of a Napa artist. So far, those items include Alaskan artifacts, mid-century furniture, light fixtures and “beautiful jewelry.”
Graham noted that many of his customers are in transition, whether moving, downsizing or dealing with the loss of a loved one.
“I appreciate how stressful that can be,” he said.
What Graham likes about his job is that he can help alleviate some of that stress by offering a place to sell or buy items.
“I love that I can help people when they need it,” he said.
And for some shoppers, “this is their entertainment. It’s a meeting place and a gathering place,” which creates a sense of community.
“I wanted to make sure that continued,” especially in a time when many small businesses in Napa are facing rising rents and competition from national and larger retailers, said Graham.
Graham said he also appreciates vintage items that are well built and stand the test of time. So many items manufactured today are inexpensively made and thought of as ultimately disposable, he said.
By shopping at a consignment store, “we can keep things out of landfills… and you can get great values for items that have history and character and are unique.”
Graham said another benefit of shopping at Jackie’s is that the store draws from a diverse and eclectic group of consigners who come from both Napa and other parts of the Bay Area.
Those consigners have brought the store original artwork, period furniture, high-end jewelry, watches, handbags, luxury items from brands such as Chanel, “beautiful glass and crystal” and many other goods.
Currently, the most expensive item at Jackie’s is a 1-carat diamond engagement ring priced at $3,250.
“But then we also have a lot of items in the dollar range,” said Graham. “There is truly something for everyone.”
Jewelry and furniture are the store’s top sellers, said Graham. While the store usually doesn’t sell clothing, “anything super unique” is always appreciated, he said. “There are no absolutes. We have a very open mind as far as what we are carrying.”
Graham said one of his goals as the new owner of Jackie’s is to make sure customers know they are welcome in the store.
“Everyone is greeted with a smile,” he said. “We are enjoying what we are doing and we’re a having a great time.”
It seems to be working. Graham said he’s registered approximately 150 new accounts since he bought the store.
Items are consigned for two months. The shop and consigner split the sale price 50-50, Graham explained. After 30 days, prices are marked down 20 percent. If the item hasn’t sold in 60 days, the owner can retrieve the consigned items.
Consignments are accepted Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Jackie’s Consignments is now open Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
For details, call 707-252-6832.