Photos courtesy of Art is Art.
July 11, 2016
For more than 10 years, a mother and daughter team have offered a creative way for DFW shoppers to “buy local” and adhere to the “recycle, reuse” philosophy.
Renata Holder and her daughter Carrie Jepsen are the owners of Art is Art consignment shop in Dallas. Holder, who is a partner in a commercial interior design firm, and Jepsen, a graphic designer and copy editor at an advertising agency, say they get along so well that both have always dreamed of starting a creative business together.
In 2004 , the pair opened Art is Art on Lower Greenville as a contemporary furniture and accessories shop with a touch of local artwork.
“We liked the idea of offering gently used furniture and accessories to our customers as a form of recycling and an alternative to buying new at higher prices,” Holder explains. “After eight months, the store was forced to close due to the tear-down and construction of retail and apartments, which was just as well because the location wasn’t quite right.”
A year later, Art is Art reopened on Orem Street near Skillman and evolved into a more eclectic atmosphere. Within a short time the wealth of local and artistic talent began to present itself.
“We took pride in supporting them and showcasing original, one-of-a-kind artwork as opposed to mass-produced pieces,” Holder said. “Vintage and mid-century modern furniture and complements were added to the mix as well. Two years later, the decision was made to scout out a more visible, artsy location.”
As a result, in 2007, Art is Art moved to Henderson Avenue where it is still located.
Today, the quaint and inviting atmosphere of the 1940s garage apartment turned retail encourages repeat visits to the shop.
So do the variety of items the store carries and the artists they work with too.
Expect to find contemporary, vintage and mid-century modern furniture and decor as well as local, one-of-a-kind, modern and abstract artwork that is all created by a small group of talented local artists that Holder and Jepsen work with regularly.
The majority of the furniture and accessories are resale items and the ladies only accept pieces that are in great condition. They also pride themselves on the fact that the store’s prices are much more affordable.
“We personally love buying gently used rather than new,” says Holder. “We find that our customers appreciate the idea too. Supporting local businesses and local artisans is key to supporting the community as a whole.”
Art is Art consignment gallery is located at 2811 N. Henderson Avenue in Dallas and the store hours are Tuesday to Saturday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.