2011-09-01 / Business

Consignment shop TRANSITIONS to new location

BY AMANDA BRANIECKI 810-452-2647  abraniecki@mihomepaper.com


Despite moving to a new location, Transitions Resale and More Owner Loralee Trinkle said her business motto of helping her customers transition into designing their dream home has remained the same. 
Photo by Amanda Braniecki Despite moving to a new location, Transitions Resale and More Owner Loralee Trinkle said her business motto of helping her customers transition into designing their dream home has remained the same. Photo by Amanda Braniecki GRAND BLANC — When Loralee Trinkle first started Transitions Resale and More she had no idea how much her business would truly live up to its name.

July marked the one year anniversary of the opening of Transitions, and Trinkle said she was at a crossroads as to what to do with her business.

“I wasn’t sure of what I was going to do,” Trinkle said. “I didn’t know if I would close so I could work more on my art or just move.”

With a degree in Art Education and Interior design, Trinkle started the furniture and accessories consignment shop as a way to help people transition into designing their dream home. Recently however, she was feeling the need for a transition in her own life.


Owner Loralee Trinkle said the new space, which sits inside the building housing V Trading, offers a more “shabby chic” atmosphere than her old shop. Owner Loralee Trinkle said the new space, which sits inside the building housing V Trading, offers a more “shabby chic” atmosphere than her old shop. “I was thinking of closing my shop and trying to sell the furniture and accessories online to give me more time to work in my (art) studio,” Trinkle said. “Then one of my customers suggested moving in with V Trading. I liked the idea because it still gave me a showroom to feature my furniture and accessories in.”

V Trading has been in business for 30 years and is a wholesale fabric shop that offers custom upholstery for its clients.

With the clientele V Trading draws in not only from Genesee County, but from all over combined with her love of the community that has supported her in her dream to own her own consignment shop, Trinkle moved her business from the Coach Shop Stores into the building that houses V Trading, located at 11805 S. Saginaw St.

“It is the perfect marriage,” Trinkle said. “People who are interested in wholesale fabrics are also interested in wholesale furniture.”

Aside from the new location, Trinkle said the heart of her business has stayed the same.

“We are still selling home decor items and quality furniture,” Trinkle said. “The only real difference is this space is more shabby chic which the customers are really comfortable with.”

New to the store are more painted furniture items. Trinkle said her background in art allows her to take pieces and give them a new painted look to fit the modern-day trend.

“Everyone is going green and I think this is a really green way to go,” Trinkle said. “The older furniture is usually of better quality, meaning it is solid wood, and I am just giving it a new used or gently used look.”

Not only wanting to still provide her customers with a good value and up-to-date trends, Trinkle said she is still focused on helping people wanting to get rid of their furniture feel comfortable coming to her with their stuff.

Transitions is not a clearance house, Trinkle said when she first opened. Instead, the consignment shop is focused on her artistry and finding good homes for valued items that people care about.

“For people wanting to get rid of their furniture or accessories, I have them set up an appointment with me to look over the items to see if they are the right fit,” Trinkle said.

Currently, Trinkle said she is in need of consignment furniture, but will always be open to any home décor items people are looking to part with.

“I am always looking for a good find,” Trinkle said. “I am always looking for something.”

As Trinkle looks back over this past year, she admits that it has been both challenging and rewarding. Through it all though, she said it has been an “incredible” learning experience.

“The name Transitions is appropriate because I made a transition again,” Trinkle said. “I think with a new business that is what you have to do. You have to look and listen to what your clients want and everyone I talked to thinks this move was the right choice.”

Transitions and V Trading are open from 8:30 a.m.- 5 p.m. Monday-Friday and from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. on Saturdays. Both are closed for Labor Day weekend.

For more information call 810-593-8200 or e-mail Trinkle at loralee@transitionsresale.com.

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