Life-Long Resident Opens Rheem Consignment

Kylie Choi and Sofie Blaj

Designs 2 Consign, a new consignment store that recently replaced the Moraga Art Gallery in the Rheem Shopping Center, has struggles to draw clientele.

Owner Lisa Karp, who has also opened Orinda restaurants Table 24 and Fourth Boar, as well as another consignment shop, hopes to increase exposure for her new business in Moraga.

Karp admits that her community is not reliable when it comes to supporting local retail business. “Moraga is not very good at taking care of their own – I’ll be honest with you, as a Moragan myself,” said Karp. “The town could get a little bit better about shopping within for sure.”

Karp, who grew up in Moraga, hopes to inspire more residents to spend their money in town.

Marianna Sucher, a regular customer at the consignment store noted Karp’s honesty. “Whenever I ask her opinion about an article of clothing, she always tells me the truth,” said Sucher, who said she tries to shop at Designs 2 Consign at least once per week. She gives Karp kudos for her great taste.

Karp donates unsold items to the Hospice branch in Walnut Creek.

Junior Haley Hartman likes supporting thrift stores and consignment shops because they are “good for the environment as you can recycle clothes instead of  buying new ones.” She hopes word gets out about Designs 2 Consigns so that the community can become more environmentally-friendly in their shopping choices.

“I don’t think enough people shop at consignment stores, I think I need to shop at them more as well,” said Hartman, adding, “I hope that the word gets out so they can get good business and our community can help the environment.”