Check – In Hours (by appt. only)
(Call for an appointment 734.662.9887)
YOU MUST MAKE AN APPOINTMENT TO BRING IN CONSIGNMENT ITEMS
Currently, we are taking appointments approximately 3 months in advance. If you only have furniture, we will be able to schedule something sooner (right now we are scheduling about 3 weeks in advance for furniture). If you need us to pick up furniture, you may also include boxes of small (non-furniture) items at the same time. We can usually schedule a pick-up within one to two weeks. Right now we are scheduling about 3 weeks in advance for furniture.
529 Detroit Street
Do I need an appointment to bring my items? Yes, you always need an appointment to bring any items to us. Please call 734.662.9887 to schedule and appointment.
What is your commission fee? Our commission fee ranges from 35% to 50%. If you bring your items to us: Items priced at $5 and higher start at a 35% commission fee. Items priced at $4 or less start at a 50% commission fee. If we pick-up your items: Items priced at $5 and up start at a 40% commission and items priced at $4 and under are 50%. (there is also a $50 surcharge for the truck) All items in our store convert to a 50% commission rate after they have been here 4 months.
Can I (or do I have to) take my items back? You may take back your items at any time. You will have to find your things in the store and bring them to the office to sign them out. We reserve the right to dispose of items at any time at our discretion. We will only call you about picking up your items if they are expensive, such as fine jewelry or funiture. Otherwise, they get donated, recycled or thrown away when we feel they cannot be sold.
How are the items priced? We are happy to price all of your items for you. We base our prices on the current market for your item at The Treasure Mart. Our goal is to price your things fairly and have them sell within the first 30 days. Of course, this doesn’t always happen, and items will take markdowns every month that they are here. Please tell us if you have a price in mind so we can discuss the price before you leave.
How long does it take for things to get onto the floor for sale? It depends on how much research is needed. Most things will get put out into the store the same day. Sometimes, when we have something expensive or rare, it might take a few days to research its value.
How do I prepare my items for sale? All of your things must be in clean and good condition. All electrical/mechanical item must be in working condition.
In 1869 John G. Miller built this large steam powered planing mill, which specialized in windows, doors, shutters, and gingerbread trim for the growing city. Detroit Street hummed with industrial activity that took advantage of the nearby railroad and lumberyards. Herman Krapf bought the mill in 1878 and ran it until 1905. Like Miller before him, he lived in the house on the left. E. J. Knowlton briefly rented space from Krapf to manufacture his nationally advertised collapsible “Universal Bath.”
The automobile changed the neighborhood. A gas station replaced Schmidt’s carriage factory at Detroit and Kingsley streets. At the Division Street end of the block, an auto dealership opened next to what had been the Ferguson Cart Company. In 1960 the Treasure Mart opened a consignment shop in the old mill. It was the first of many businesses that would become the Kerrytown shopping district.
This Italianate brick building with its heavy triple-arched brick trim over the windows was built by John G. Miller as a planing mill specializing in “sash, doors, blinds [shutters], molding and scroll work.” It replaced an earlier wooden mill built in 1853 which, when it burned in July of 1869, the Michigan Argus lamented as “a public as well as private loss.” The earlier mill had made carriages and sleighs using a new steam process for bending wood. When Miller began rebuilding three months after the fire, the Michigan Argus reported he was again building a “steam bending shop on the site of the one that burned.”
Miller’s new shop concentrated on the more lucrative business of providing millwork for the boom in house construction that followed the Civil War. Throughout the 19th century, Detroit Street hummed with industrial activity as other planing mills and carriage manufactories plied their trade nearby.
In 1878, Miller sold the mill to Herman Krapf who renamed it the Detroit Planing Mill and kept it operating until his death around 1906. By the 1920s this part of town was no longer a business center and the building was frequently vacant or used as a warehouse. In 1960 it was leased by Mrs. Demaris Cash who had dreamed of opening a retail consignment shop. She named her store the Treasure Mart, and today it ranks as one of Ann Arbor’s most cherished institutions.
Another interesting feature of shopping at The Treasure Mart is the MONTHLY price reduction on ALL items priced at $5.00 or more.These items are tagged with a bar-coded ticket stamped with a date at the top center. A 10% discount is issued automatically every month from the date on the ticket. An item that has been in the store for a month from the date is 10% off, 2 months 20% off, 3 months 30%, etc. The discount is always computed from the original price, and no bar-coded items are ever reduced below $2.00. Also, miscellaneous items of $4.00 or less, which are identified with a sticker only, are not subject to the monthly reduction.
YOU MUST MAKE AN APPOINTMENT TO BRING IN CONSIGNMENT ITEMS. PLEASE CALL THE OFFICE TO MAKE ONE