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A second heaven

Lisa King left social work behind three years ago when she opened her own consignment store, but she hasn’t given up her interest in helping people.

Whether she accepts unique items from around the world, clothes that no longer fit or items someone bought at a garage sale, the 50-year-old Second Heaven owner is having fun.

“One person’s trash is another person’s treasure,” King said. “(The store is) a good resource for the community.”



Shoppers can find Tibetan singing bowls, antique Japanese tea sets, bird whistles from Bali and the latest compact disc from local musician Aaron Ross at the 671 Maltman Drive store.

At least seven consignment shops dot western Nevada County.




A consignment shop isn’t like a typical store selling donated goods. The consignment concept means an item’s owner and the store owner share in the profit once an item is sold. That means King needs to be a diligent record keeper, which she says hasn’t been a problem.

Slower sales in recent months are a problem, King said, but she’s not particularly worried.

“We’ve been in the black since the very first year,” King said.

Business at fellow consignment store, Second Time Around, on the other hand, is thriving, said Second Time Around owner Kay Ryberg. Second Time Around sells paintings, glassware, mirrors, pictures and furniture, she said.

“It’s usually down in the summer, but for some reason, it’s not this year,” Ryberg said.

King knows what its like to struggle, however. In 2003 and 2004, she needed to be frugal while sidelined from her social worker/therapist job with a ruptured disc in her neck. She began shopping at consignment stores.

“I started dreaming up Second Heaven when I was using some of the consignment stores around here,” King said.

Second Heaven opened in March 2004, and King hasn’t looked back.

King’s daughters Kalen, 19, and Avery, 17, worked at the store and support their mother’s new work.

“Social work is a very stressful job,” King said. “They’re happy to see me doing something more fun.”

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To contact Staff Writer Greg Moberly, e-mail gregm@theunion.com or call 477-4234.


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