Wednesday, July 2, 2014
At Home Interiors Market owner Suzanne Jones Whatley specializes in unique, one-of-a-kind items both old and new. Her main focus is upscale consignment furniture, but she also carries an eclectic mix of home, garden and gift items such as scarves, jewelry and candle lines.
Unlike flea market-type places that carry consignment furniture, At Home puts items in a high-end boutique setting that allows clients to picture the items in their own home, Jones Whatley said.
“I think it surprises people when they come in that it’s such a nice setting and you can find something at every price point,” she said. “We try to have something for everyone.”
A North Chattanooga resident for three months, Jones Whatley has dealt in consignment for the past seven years and owned stores in Brentwood, Tenn., and Birmingham, Ala.
She said she got into the business in 2007 when the recession hit.
“I knew people still really wanted good furniture,” she said.
At her store, customers will find new and consigned furniture as well as antiques and repurposed painted furniture.
“People can still get good quality furniture at less than half of retail,” Jones Whatley said in regards to her inventory.
People who want to redecorate can recoup a little of the cost by selling their old stuff through At Home, which accepts traditional and modern furniture as well as antiques and old pieces that can be repurposed. The seller receives 50 percent of the price of the item if it sells.
Jones Whatley also rents out space in the shop to vendors selling similar items.
“There’s nothing really we can’t sell you,” she said.