Donna Andrews and Christine Neskar believe in the importance of home.
The co-owners of a new Chesterfield-based home consignment and décor boutique, Cocoon Home Consignment, want customers to feel as if they’re at home amid the shop’s stylish selection of like-new and new furniture, home décor and gift items. “The beauty of consignment is that it’s one-of-a-kind,” Andrews says. “We’re curating pieces people will fall in love with, that designers may look for and that homeowners can find to make their home unique to them.”
At Cocoon, which held its grand opening in September, customers can “sell in” items, as well as shop the boutique’s brand-name furniture, including Baker, Bernhardt, Restoration Hardware, Pottery Barn, Century and Drexel Heritage; home décor, from artwork to area rugs; and gift items, such as hand-poured soy wax 1803 Candles, Canvas jewelry and Musee Bath’s bath bombs. “Along with our lines of high-quality furniture, we want to be a gift destination,” Andrews says. “We have great girlfriend gifts.”
Andrews and Neskar, both local moms who were born and raised in St. Louis, met 18 years ago as neighbors and became fast friends. “We enjoyed decorating and design, and we always said one day when our kids were older, we’d like to start our own business,” says Neskar, who is a commercial and residential interior designer, while Andrews has a background in furniture and home décor retail-sales management.
Two years ago, with their children’s college and high school graduations on the horizon, the best friends bought their first display cabinets at an estate sale. They then decided to combine their love of home decorating, estate sales and repurposing furniture into a consignment company. “We saw a need in the Chesterfield Valley for high-quality furniture and home décor at a great price,” Andrews says.
Their solution came to fruition this fall as Cocoon, a consignment shop with a cozy atmosphere, from the pleasant scents and soothing music to the quality décor and personal service. The shop’s name represents the transformations happening daily within the store and reflects people’s desire to make their home a cozy retreat from the busy world. “We love being part of the community, meeting people and welcoming them with complimentary coffee and wine,” Andrews says. “We invite people to linger – we want people to feel as at home here as they do in their own homes.”
To “sell in” items, the store strives to make the consignment process as easy and seamless as possible, Neskar says. For larger pieces, including furniture, customers are asked to text a photo to 636-489-1929 or send a photo to firstname.lastname@example.org for consideration. Customers with smaller home décor, costume jewelry and gift items can simply stop by to have their pieces approved one hour before the boutique closes. Its regular business hours run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 12 to 5 p.m. Sunday. Items should be clean and odor-free, as well as in excellent condition and in a current or in-demand style, such as midcentury modern, Neskar notes. “We’re thrilled with the pieces people have been bringing in,” she says.
And customers also are loving the store’s selection, Andrews adds. “Customers have been coming back in with pictures of the item in their house,” she says. “We love helping people envision these special pieces in their homes.”
Cocoon also recently launched its website, cocoonconsignment.com, featuring the boutique’s collection of 4,500 or so pieces available for online purchase and in-store pickup. “We know people like to cocoon in their homes this time of year, so they can sit at home by the fire and still shop our selection online,” Andrews says.
The boutique also frequently brings in new lines, including its recently added Canvas jewelry, featuring contemporary choker necklaces, bangle bracelets and tassel earrings; Homesick Candles, with the familiar local scents of lilacs and dogwood blossoms; and St. Louis landmark coasters, displaying photos of the St. Louis Cardinals, St. Louis Blues, Missouri Botanical Garden and more. “They’re great stocking stuffers for Christmas,” Neskar notes, adding that customers can follow the store on Facebook for holiday specials.
Cocoon’s co-owners are proud to be part of the unique small business community and encourage people to frequent their shop, as items are constantly changing. “You never know what treasure you’re going to find,” Andrews says. “It’s like a new store every week.”
MRS. CLAUS AT COCOON
Sat., Dec. 6 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Mrs. Claus will be spending the day at Cocoon Home Consignment, serving her famous hot chocolate, candy canes and cookies, while also giving attendees discounts, prizes and more!
Cocoon Home Consignment, 103 Chesterfield Valley Drive, Chesterfield, 636-778-0090, cocoonconsignment.com