After six months restoring an old, dilapidated warehouse at 312 State St. in West Columbia, Jay White has opened an on-trend home furnishings consignment shop in the space.
Appropriately named The Warehouse, White’s shop sells new and lightly used home furnishings and upscale furniture. The Warehouse also features an architectural salvage and re-purposed items such as antique windows and doors and furniture pieces in need of a little TLC. For those who love a piece but are unsure how to incorporate it into their home, The shop features a “wall of inspiration” full of photos to spark ideas for how to use the pieces.
“I just felt there was a need for something like my store in the West Columbia area since we are so close to the University,” said White, who has been in the wholesale gift and home furnishing business with a showroom at Americas Mart for close to 20 years. “ Many people are downsizing and have had very few options of liquidating things they no longer need. In addition, it has become so trendy to re-purpose items for your home. Plus It is my opinion that State Street is the hot spot to be in right now and can only get better.”
Another major part of The Warehouse’s inventory is a large selection of artwork created by local and regional artists.
“In opening The Warehouse, I want to do all I can to support local art,” White said. “We currently represent about 40 artists and do all we can to promote them. Each month we feature an artist and take donations of $1 and give away a piece of that artist’s work. The artist then chooses the charity of their choice to donate the money raised.
And, just in time for the total eclipse, the shop features exclusive eclipse-themed t-shirts, car decals and limited prints designed by local artists.