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Brooklyn consignment shop changes hands and direction

RITA A. LEONARD - Gay Reichle, left, the new owner of Brooklyns Hazel & Pear consignment shop on S.E. Milwaukie Avenue, chats with customer Nichole McMillan and her daughter Violet, age 3-1/2. Gay Reichle recently assumed ownership of the “Hazel & Pear” children’s consignment shop at 3432 S.E. Milwaukie Avenue in the Brooklyn neighborhood. She has enhanced the focus of the store to include women’s clothing, shoes, and accessories; small household décor items; and local handmade crafts. A changing room is available to try on clothing. Since the “Schwop” used clothing store, which had moved from Woodstock to 2419 S.E. Powell Boulevard, has now closed, women may be pleased to learn of this nearby alternative.

The shop features an array of consignment items that change regularly, along with Holiday specials. Small home décor items include lamps, plant stands, pillows, and mugs, to spruce up the home. Handmade items interspersed with consigned stock include aprons, jewelry, candles, and shopping totes created by local artisans. In May there was a colorful window display of huge paper flowers made by local artist Kathy Whitlock.

Reichle explains, “Consignors receive a list of items and prices, and the dates of their consignment period. If items do not sell within that time frame, they will be marked down 50% for one week. At the end of the consignment period, items will be donated to the Southeast Community Clothes Closet & Food Pantry, to help families in need. “Hazel & Pear is open Tuesdays through Fridays 10-6, and Saturdays 10-5,” says Reichle. “During regular business hours, we accept two shopping bags or one bin per consignor visit. Clothing is accepted on a seasonal basis, but we accept raingear year ’round. We stock children’s clothing and shoes up to size 10; and kids’ books and games, puzzles and toys, in excellent condition. For more information and the rules concerning consignment, call 971/544-7798.