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It is with deep regret that we are announcing the closing of Treasure Mart.  Elaine’s health due to ALS is very fragile and she is unable to work any longer. Elaine, Carl and their family have decided that it is best to close the store so that they can spend more time with each other.

We are no longer taking consignments and all July appointments are canceled. We will be open for sales beginning Tuesday, June 16th and the new hours will be Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 to 4:00. The last day for sales will be August 1st unless there is a reason we need to close sooner.

We ask that any consigners who want their items back make an appointment to pick them up as soon as possible and if you want us to donate your items after we close we will have you sign or acknowledge via email documentation stating this. Someone will be in the office to receive telephone calls if you wish to check on your account. Consigners should make an appointment to take their items back before July 5th.  Items for sale will remain at their regular price until July 5th.

After August 1st, any remaining items will be donated to the organization of Treasure Mart’s choice.

 

We have loved working with our thousands of customers and consigners for over 60 years and this decision has not made lightly.  Thank you all for your friendship and support.

 

Just a reminder to shoppers to please refrain from wearing heavy perfume/fragrances. We have a few employees with severe asthma and we want to keep everyone healthy and breathing :).

Regular hours Tuesday-Saturday 10 am-4 pm.

Currently, we are not scheduling appointments.                                                                            

734.662.1363

info@treasuremart.com

529 Detroit Street

FAQs

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.

How many items can I bring? What and how much we take is at our discretion at any time. Generally, we have a 50 item limit on small (non-furniture items)but that can change at any time. How much furniture we take varies and depends on available space in the store.

What is your commission fee?  Our annual membership fee is $25. Your account will automatically renew if you still have items for sale at the end of your year. As long as you have items for sale in our store, you need a current account. If you do not want to renew your account, it is your responsibility to come and retrieve your items. 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 furniture.  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 neededMost 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. If you have furniture you would like to sell, please email images to info@treasuremart.com

We are a Historic Building

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.

Monthly Reductions

 

Current update June 16th:   items will not take an automatic 30% markdown

Items will not take an automatic 3 month markdown. We are doing this to be fair to our consigners who have not been able to sell their items for these past three months. Therefore, the date on the tag will not reflect the proper markdown time.

For example, if an item came in on Jan. 16th it would only have two markdowns not 5.

If it came in on March 16th (the last day it we were open) it won’t
take its first markdown until July 16th.

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.

Contact Info

It is with deep regret that we are announcing the closing of Treasure Mart.  Elaine’s health due to ALS is very fragile and she is unable to work any longer. Elaine, Carl and their family have decided that it is best to close the store so that they can spend more time with each other.

We are no longer taking consignments and all July appointments are canceled. We will be open for sales beginning Tuesday, June 16th and the new hours will be Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 to 4:00. The last day for sales will be August 1st unless there is a reason we need to close sooner.

We ask that any consigners who want their items back make an appointment to pick them up as soon as possible and if you want us to donate your items after we close we will have you sign or acknowledge via email documentation stating this. Someone will be in the office to receive telephone calls if you wish to check on your account. Consigners should make an appointment to take their items back before July 5th.  Items for sale will remain at their regular price until July 5th.

After August 1st, any remaining items will be donated to the organization of Treasure Mart’s choice.

 

We have loved working with our thousands of customers and consigners for over 60 years and this decision has not made lightly.  Thank you all for your friendship and support.

Our plan is to reopen Tuesday June 16th at 10 am for shopping only and our new shopping hours will be Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am – 4pm.

We are limiting the number of customers in the store and we are asking that people wear masks and we will have hand sanitizer available at the door.

Items will not take an automatic 3 month markdown. We are doing this to be fair to our consigners who have not been able to sell their items for these past three months. Therefore, the date on the tag will not reflect the proper markdown time.

For example, if an item came in on Jan. 16th it would only have two markdowns not 5.

If it came in on March 16th (the last day it we were open) it won’t
take its first markdown until July 16th.

Hours of Operation

529 Detroit Street Ann Arbor, MI 48104

734-662-9887 office

Store Hours for shopping Tuesday-Saturday 10 am – 4 pm

 

 

Dear Treasure Mart Customers and Consigners,

It is with deep regret that we are announcing the closing of Treasure Mart.  Elaine’s health due to ALS is very fragile and she is unable to work any longer. Elaine, Carl and their family have decided that it is best to close the store so that they can spend more time with each other.

We are no longer taking consignments and all July appointments are canceled. We will be open for sales beginning Tuesday, June 16th and the new hours will be Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 to 4:00. The last day for sales will be August 1st unless there is a reason we need to close sooner.

We ask that any consigners who want their items back make an appointment to pick them up as soon as possible and if you want us to donate your items after we close we will have you sign or acknowledge via email documentation stating this. Someone will be in the office to receive telephone calls if you wish to check on your account. Consigners should make an appointment to take their items back before July 5th.  Items for sale will remain at their regular price until July 5th.

After August 1st, any remaining items will be donated to the organization of Treasure Mart’s choice.

 

We have loved working with our thousands of customers and consigners for over 60 years and this decision has not made lightly. Thank you all for your friendship and support.

 

We are limiting the number of customers in the store and we are asking that people wear masks and we will have hand sanitizer available at the door.

Items will not take an automatic 3 month markdown. We are doing this to be fair to our consigners who have not been able to sell their items for these past three months. Therefore, the date on the tag will not reflect the proper markdown time.

For example, if an item came in on Jan. 16th it would only have two markdowns not 5.

If it came in on March 16th (the last day it we were open) it won’t
take its first markdown until July 16th.

Just a reminder to our consigners and shoppers to please refrain from wearing heavy perfume/fragrances. We have a few employees with severe asthma and we want to keep everyone healthy and breathing 🙂

Regular hours Tuesday-Saturday 10 am-4 pm.

529 Detroit Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48104

You must make an appointment to consign with us. We have a 50 items limit on small items. Our furniture item limit is much less and depends on space available.

529 Detroit Street Ann Arbor, MI 48104

734-662-9887 office

Store Hours for shopping Tuesday-Saturday 10 am – 4 pm

 

(Call for an appointment 734.662.9887)

YOU MUST MAKE AN APPOINTMENT TO BRING IN CONSIGNMENT ITEMS

Email: info@treasuremart.com

Click here for Driving Directions

 

 

 

Treasure Mart Pictures

Delivery / Pick-Ups

We are no longer taking consignments

Deliveries – We will deliver furniture purchased at The Treasure Mart within a radius of Ann Arbor with a delivery fee of $50. Please schedule this at the time of your purchase. The delivery fee of $50 plus $1 per mile one-way outside the city limits, for this service.

Delivery people will deliver items to your garage only.

 

Consignment Procedures and Policies

It is with deep regret that we are announcing the closing of Treasure Mart.  Elaine’s health due to ALS is very fragile and she is unable to work any longer. Elaine, Carl and their family have decided that it is best to close the store so that they can spend more time with each other.

We are no longer taking consignments and all July appointments are canceled. We will be open for sales beginning Tuesday, June 16th and the new hours will be Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 to 4:00. The last day for sales will be August 1st unless there is a reason we need to close sooner.

We ask that any consigners who want their items back make an appointment to pick them up as soon as possible and if you want us to donate your items after we close we will have you sign or acknowledge via email documentation stating this. Someone will be in the office to receive telephone calls if you wish to check on your account. Consigners should make an appointment to take their items back before July 5th.  Items for sale will remain at their regular price until July 5th.

After August 1st, any remaining items will be donated to the organization of Treasure Mart’s choice.

 

We have loved working with our thousands of customers and consigners for over 60 years and this decision has not made lightly.  Thank you all for your friendship and support.

Our plan is to reopen Tuesday June 16th at 10 am for shopping only and our new shopping hours will be Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am – 4pm.

We are limiting the number of customers in the store and we are asking that people wear masks and we will have hand sanitizer available at the door.

Items will not take an automatic 3 month markdown. We are doing this to be fair to our consigners who have not been able to sell their items for these past three months. Therefore, the date on the tag will not reflect the proper markdown time.

For example, if an item came in on Jan. 16th it would only have two markdowns not 5.

If it came in on March 16th (the last day it we were open) it won’t
take its first markdown until July 16th.

Just a reminder to our consigners and shoppers to please refrain from wearing heavy perfume/fragrances. We have a few employees with severe asthma and we want to keep everyone healthy and breathing 🙂

YOU MUST MAKE AN APPOINTMENT TO BRING IN CONSIGNMENT ITEMS

Please call 734.662.9887

The Treasure Mart is a consignment shop.  To sell through us you will need a membership, which costs $25.00 per year. Your account will automatically renew if you still have items for sale at the end of your year. As long as you have items for sale in our store, you need a current account. If you do not want to renew your account, it is your responsibility to come and retrieve your items that have not sold.  As a member you will receive 65% of the selling price on merchandise brought in to the store by yourself and 60% of the selling price less a $50.00 surcharge on merchandise picked up by us.  Mileage is charged on out-of-town  pick-ups.  You will receive 50% of the selling price on miscellaneous items priced $4.00 or less.  Also, you will receive 50% of all items that have been here for 4 months or longer. If you have furniture, please show us images of what you have, either by bringing in pictures or by emailing images to us at info@treasuremart.com

When you bring items in and open your membership we will assign you a permanent confidential ID number.  Please make a note of this number, as you will need it each time you check in.  You will be given self- adhesive stickers with your ID number to mark each one of your items.  We have special methods for marking jewelry, rugs, and cloth.  You must also fill out an inventory/ pricing sheet with each check-in.  This register remains with your merchandise until everything is priced and is kept by us.  We will sticker and list all items picked up by our truck.  Always tell us if you have price concerns on any of your items before you leave.

PRICING

We are glad to have your suggested selling prices, however we reserve the right to decide the final price.  Miscellaneous items ( $4.00 or less ) are not registered and do not need to be listed by you on your catalogue sheet. These items are subject to disposal at our discretion.  All other items are registered and reduced in price (10% ) on each monthly anniversary of the check-in date.  Our goal is  to price the items so they sell in the first thirty days.  After three  mark downs ( 4 months ), if an item has not yet sold you will then receive 50% of the last selling price.  We urge you to pick  up items that have not sold at that point due to undesirability or poor condition.  As a consignee, you will be mailed a dated receipt for your registered items.  A receipt will be sent with each payment showing which items have been sold.  The Treasure Mart has the option to drastically cut the price or dispose of any item at our discretion.

RESTRICTIONS

  1. Electrical and mechanical items must be in working order.  If found defective, they will be disposed of without written notice.  Small appliances will be kept for only 30 days.  This will include but is not limited to toasters, coffee makers, small radios, irons, answering machines, and telephones.
  2. Pictures, mirrors and frames are accepted at your risk. They must have wire attached for hanging and all glass must have backing and securely fastened.
  3. To be saleable, merchandise must be  CLEAN AND IN GOOD CONDITION. Unsaleable items left at the store will be disposed of at the owner’s expense.  We ask you to cooperate by checking your items carefully before bringing them to us.
  4. We do not accept dolls or toys unless they are collectible or antique. We do not accept exercise equipment and sporting goods, clothing (unless vintage), curtains, invalid chairs, magazines, OUT OF SEASON MERCHANDISE, toilet seats, florist type vases, venetian blinds, obsolete appliances, cameras, record and tape players.  If you question the saleability of an article, please call 734.662.9887.

PAYMENT

Checks with itemized statements are mailed on a regular schedule, once each quarter (1/3 of the alphabet each month) as follows.

  • A thru H- January, April, July, October
  • I thru R – February, May, August, November
  • S thru Z – March, June, September, December

Accounts are closed on the 15th of the month preceeding payment.

Office hours – Tuesday thru Sat. 10:00AM to 3:30PM

YOU MUST MAKE AN APPOINTMENT TO BRING IN CONSIGNMENT ITEMS

PLEASE NOTE

It is illegal to buy or sell merchandise on our property before it has been registered through our office.  If people are interested in your items, tell them to leave their name at the desk.  You would not have a sale for your items if you had not brought them to us and we are entitled to our commission.