We’ve never exactly been antiquing kind of queens. Shopping at cluttered stores filled with overpriced, overvalued possessions of dead people is mentally exhausting. And we think we just might be allergic to mothballs.
So while driving around White Rock Lake last Saturday, we went against our better judgment and popped into Red Cat Consignment Boutique. With its windows crammed full of hand-painted messages like some sort of schizophrenic marketing graffiti and a parking lot filled with merchandise overflowing from the storefront, we couldn’t help but be a little bit intrigued.
Upon entering, we had a minor attack of PTASD (Post Traumatic Antiquing Stress Disorder), but we were soon calmed down by the happy tweets of a cage of live birds hanging overhead. In another corner, a red-haired cat (could that be the red cat?) slinked about. Madonna blared from a boombox outside and people mingled with Mimosas in-hand, while store owner Marukh Hall cheerfully helped a man carry a large piece of furniture to his car. (We would’ve helped, but why risk spilling our cocktails?)
With merchandise from more than 240 consignors, there is a nice variety of items in spectacular condition. From furniture and decorating accessories to pop culture artifacts and collectibles (a Buffy the Vampire Slayer cigarette lighter! A James Dean photo print adorned with working neon lights!), we were pleased to see fair prices.
But we’re most excited to finally have a decent alternative to eBay for unloading our mint condition George Foreman Grill collection.
718 N. Buckner Boulevard, Dallas
Lake Highlands Village Shopping Center
Be sure to stop by Red Cat this Saturday, September 12, 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., during the White Rock Local Market, a great community event featuring live music, organic produce, natural meats, baked goods, local honey and a variety of recycling opportunities from used batteries and toner cartridges to old candles and wax.