By Diane Ako
A new consignment store in Kailua is big on style as well as the green movement. Kailua Verde, owned by Lilian McDonnell, sells upscale gently used womens' and mens' clothing, as well as some high end furniture and accessories. Some of her inventory is actually new, and consigned by craftspeople. That includes cute shopping bags and koa furniture.
McDonnell opened the store in November 2009. The store has broad appeal; here, you'll find some trendy items alongside some classic styles. You just have to browse through the immaculately kept racks to find your own treasure.
To consign, make an appointment to bring your clean, ironed items for inspection. It will make your session faster if you write down a list of what you have, or else you will have to hand write it while there. Include the brand, size, detailed description of the color and style, and your asking price. This is not always a fast process. Allow a half hour to an hour if you have a dozen items. If you get out sooner, great.
If she accepts your items for consignment, you get 50 percent of the sale price after the item sells, or 60 percent of the price in store credit instead.The items usually get sold at full price for a month and get reduced to the sale rack after that.
McDonnell or her staff take consignment items only by appointment, so call first at (808) 261-6190. Store hours have changed since she opened; now it's noon-6 p.m. Mondays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, closed Sundays.
GOT GENTLY USED SHOPPING BAGS?
In staying with the recycling theme, McDonald even recycles shopping bags. If you buy an item and want a bag, she uses shopping bags donated by other customers. I really like that. I shop with canvas bags, and if I forget to take them out of the car and into the store, I usually just put the item in my purse, or even walk out with the item in my hand. It confuses a lot of cashiers, but I hate taking a bag. If you have extra shopping bags in your house that you don't know what to do with, bring them to Kailua Verde!
111 Hekili Street
Kailua, HI 96734-2800
RECYCLE YOUR PACKING SUPPLIES
Along the line of recycling, when I go to Kailua Verde, I also pop over to the UPS Store right next door to recycle packing peanuts, bubble wrap, and foam. Not everyone will take recycled supplies, but UPS Stores will.
RECYCLE YOUR FLOWER VASES
Also while there, I take extra flower vases to Picket Fence Florist, owned by my friend Sadie Akamine. If you don't know what to do with your old flower vases, florists are happy to re-use them!
Picket Fence Florist
111 Hekili Street Suite 106
Kailua, Hawaii 96734
Oahu: (808) 262-7727
Fax: (808) 262-6096
RECYCLE YOUR PLASTIC GROCERY BAGS
Also while there I recycle my plastic grocery bags outside Foodland. While I usually use canvas bags, I do accumulate some #2 plastic bags from time to time. Sometimes I have takeout food in a plastic bag. Or I make a spontaneous shopping trip in someone else's car so I didn't bring/have my canvas bags, and I then have to accept plastic bags.
By the way, I love that Foodland and the R. Fields connected to it. I think that's the best Foodland on the island. I sometimes go out of my way to shop there. If it's Safeway, I like the one on Kapahulu.