One of many surprises at Wabi Sabi: A good-as-new Century sofa and matching ottoman.

David Joles, Star Tribune

For secondhand furnishings: Wabi Sabi Shop

  • May 15, 2012 - 3:06 PM

The highest compliment customers can pay a consignment store owner is to assume the merchandise is new, not used. That happens a lot at Wabi Sabi, thanks to the impeccable taste of owner Kay Frandsen and her ability to assemble eclectic vignettes as welcoming as Ethan Allen's. She seamlessly mixes antiques with newer traditional, modern and contemporary pieces. And there's always an unexpected treasure, such as a Dimplex electric fireplace mantel or a leather sofa for only $250. Don't see what you want? Frandsen will put your item on a wish list and call you if it comes in.

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