In Taos, ‘going to Pieces’ is a good thing

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The minute you walk in the door you are met with the promise of treasures everywhere. The large rooms are chock-full of items, spectacular or humble, of use for your home, your whimsey or simply because you’ve been looking for “one of those” for years, and there it is.

Pieces is a consignment shop that offers a stunning array of clothing for women, men and children. There is also sporting goods, furniture and household items, artwork, jewelry, tools, pottery, rugs, artwork, collectibles and one-of-a-kind items.

Pieces has been in business since 2006. They have more than 6,000 “consigners.” There is the main store on Paseo del Pueblo Sur, and also a shop on Paseo del Cañon. That makes for 20,000 square feet of retail space. All of it is neatly sorted and arranged so you can find what you’re looking for with ease.

We spoke with owner Becky Holsinger and asked what is her favorite thing about running a consignment shop.

I love what I do. I love the people and the stuff. There is also the idea that we’re helping all the way around. Anybody that needs money can bring stuff in, get money or get store credit to get more stuff. Some people use the money they make with their consignment items to make donations. Others use it to pay their light bills, buy food or get gas. We’re also keeping things out of the landfill. People who shop are getting cool stuff,” Holsinger said. “We have things from just a couple of dollars to items that are worth thousands of dollars,” she added.

Another thing that sets Pieces apart is how Holsinger listens to the needs of the community. “We do listen to what is needed and we focus on taking on those items, and less on items that may not move as well or be as needed,” she said.

I do about one-third clothing, another third is furniture and the rest is all the miscellaneous stuff,” she said. “Taos is kind of a difficult place for shoppers. There aren’t a lot of options for buying things at reasonable prices.”

Holsinger also has advice for people looking to sell items on consignment at Pieces “I always suggest people should come in and familiarize themselves with the store — see what kinds of things we have, and how we have them priced. We can look up prices on things, but if you are concerned about what something might be worth, you should do a little research online to find what items like yours are selling for,” Holsinger said.

Pieces main shop at 1024 Paseo del Pueblo Sur is open Monday through Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. and is also open Sundays 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (575) 737-0500

More Pieces, located at 216 Paseo del Cañon, is open Monday through Saturday 10 a.m -6 p.m. Inventory at that store includes sporting goods, children’s clothing, office furniture, and garden and salvaged construction materials. (575) 737-5112

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