BUY * SELL* CONSIGN
Mid Century Modern , Antiques, Furniture, Home Decor, Jewelry, Art
OPEN MONDAY – SATURDAY 10-6 & SUNDAY 11-5
What do you get when you combine a warehouse space in North Boulder, an artistic community and an unconventional entrepreneur with an eye for all things retro?
One of the most interesting outcomes of that equation is The Amazing Garage Sale, an antique and consignment store at 4919 N. Broadway.
“It’s a collection of the best things you’ll find at a garage sale,” says store owner Judi Lesta. Lesta got the idea for the Amazing Garage Sale as she sold 99 percent of everything she owned while preparing to move to Spain. She found the experience exhilarating. She had fun seeing the items that used to furnish her home take on a new context with the people who had purchased them. After moving from Spain to Boulder, Lesta said she wanted to continue the excitement by hosting garage sales at her home on weekends. Lesta attracted attention for her weekend garage sales through a simple sign in her front yard reading: The Amazing Garage Sale.
Now, The Amazing Garage Sale sits in a warehouse in North Boulder. “I liked being in the quirky warehouse setting,” says Lesta. The location of the store certainly has its aesthetic benefits. The concrete floor and aluminum sliding garage door give the store an authentic garage sale feel.
However, Lesta’s easy-going demeanor towards her customers and towards business contributes to the informal, folksy environment more than the appearance of the store itself. When customers see an item they want, they do not have to pay a cent before taking it home. Instead, Lesta allows customers to start a tab, and make monthly payments at their convenience with no interest charges.
Lesta’s approach to business has earned her many regular customers, and many regular consignors. The Amazing Garage Sale’s inventory is made up entirely of items consigned to Lesta by community members. Thus, the variety of items in the store is wide. Much like a neighborhood garage sale, it’s impossible to know exactly what you might find.
The unpredictability of The Amazing Garage Sale is half of its appeal. You can walk through the store looking for a piece of retro furniture or a simple antique trinket, and get lost in the original context of the items.
“Everything has history,” says Lesta.
“Coming in here is a mini-vacation from the mundane — and different every time!” reads a note written in marker on the white walls of The Amazing Garage Sale.
The store is also financially accessible; you could walk in with $20 in your pocket or $2,000 and find something that fits your price range. So The Amazing Garage Sale attracts students, art lovers and members of the community looking to spice up their home.
“The Amazing Garage Sale is, in all aspects of the word, amazing,” says Katie Hitch, a junior film major at the University of Colorado. “This place has such a vast assortment of splendid antique furniture and vintage goods.”
While walking through The Amazing Garage Sale, you can expect to hear the phrase “It’s sold” a few times.
Lesta says there is always a story that comes along with the items that are sold to her. Sometimes they have to do with a death in the family; sometimes they have to do with making room in a house for a newborn child. Sometimes, they just have to do with a little spring cleaning.
In the end, The Amazing Garage Sale seems to be a business that runs on change, quirk, history and, most of all, community.
DENVER POST.. “
Secondhand but first-rate furnishings
LIKE NO OTHER GARAGE SALE AROUND, THIS PLACE IN NORTH BOULDER IS PART MUSEUM, PART ART GALLERY AND ALL FABULOUS. OWNER JUDI LESTA HAS A PENCHANT FOR MIDCENTURY MODERN, DANISH MODERN, THE BEATLES AND BRITISH POP ART. IT SHOWS WITH DESIGNER NAMES SUCH AS EAMES, KNOLL AND WAKEFIELD IN EVERY CORNER. BEST OFF ALL, LESTA BELIEVES IN DOING BUSINESS THE OLD-FASHIONED WAY. “WE TRUST OUR CUSTOMERS,” SHE SAYS, “AND ALLOW THEM TO TAKE IT HOME AND MAKE PAYMENTS.” REALLY!
You never know what you might discover here as you browse the glorious antique and midcentury furniture, home decor, jewelry, and other treasures. Inventory moves fast, so get it while you can.
This warehouse in north Boulder is a treasure trove of surprises. You never know what you’re going to find in this funky consignment store. Vintage furniture, art and random decor are a given. If you’re lucky you’ll score original vintage art. How about a hand-painted David Bowie mask? Check. Art Deco mannequin? Obvs. The best thing is this shop is cleverly curated so everything is something you just have to have.
WESTWORD ..DENVER..”BEST VINTAGE STORE” The secret to every junk store worth its salt is wise curation, and Judi Lesta nails it at her North Boulder buy/sell/consign vintage-and- antique emporium. With a soft focus on mid-mod furniture and the accessories to match, from lamps to jewelry, the Amazing Garage Sale is clearly the best garage sale you’ve ever been to — even if the prices don’t necessarily stick to the usual “next stop, Goodwill” credo of front-yard bargain shopping. But consider what you’re getting: a real Eames chair, a green-glass bubble lamp or perhaps a beautiful oak filing cabinet.
The Amazing Garage Sale
4919 N Broadway
Boulder, CO 80304