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SPOTLIGHT // Hamilton // The Millionaire's Daughter

July 20, 2018 | PHOTOGRAPHY BY KELLY HORKOFF

Summer 2018 // Take the consignment assignment at The Millionaire's Daughter.

OUR HOMES Hamilton Summer 2018A version of this article originally appeared in the Summer 2018 issue of  OUR HOMES Hamilton and Area, p.42. Find local businesses in our Hamilton directory

Pat Segato, Jacky Bernier, Maureen Barnes and Lynn Stevens.
THE PLACE: In recent years Ottawa Street North has become the go-to destination for décor and furniture finds. For an incredible selection of styles and price points, you must visit The Millionaire’s Daughter. Maureen Barnes had the inspiration for her consignment store nine years ago, and the business has met demand by growing to include locations in Aurora, Oakville and Kitchener. “What’s so nice about the stores,” Barnes says, “is that it’s not things you are going to see at other places. What I like is how the stores are very eclectic.” She also credits her skilled, helpful staff for her success. “I always say, and I really mean it, you couldn’t do this business if you didn’t have such great staff.”
THE STYLE: Sourcing items from both individuals and designer studios, the staff at Millionaire’s Daughter set out vignettes to help inspire customers to create the look they want. Stock is constantly changing. Jacky Bernier, who encourages customers to send in photographs to the store’s before and after contest, is constantly impressed by the ingenuity she sees. “People are just so creative and they love to upcycle,” she says. For someone letting go of a cherished piece, it’s important for them to know that it’s going to a new loving home. “That is special.”
WHAT’S HOT: Mid-century furniture is a big seller. And of course, at this time of year, patio sets, garden décor and classic white wicker are very popular. Crystal and china sets are also in vogue for brides and weddings. “People say to us, ‘I can’t believe you would sell china,’ ” says Barnes, “but you know, every store sells three sets of china each week.” While it’s fun to shop in store, online sales make up about 30 per cent of their business. “We’ve shipped all over the world,” says Barnes, citing the craziest example – a glass table and cabinet to Haiti.
BONUS: The Millionaire’s Daughter makes selling easy. They do home visits, arrange transportation and track everything online. As Bernier puts it, “Whether you’re downsizing, renovating, moving, or just looking to change your interior décor, buying and selling on consignment makes perfect sense!”
GET THERE:
272 Ottawa St. N., Hamilton

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