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that wanted a touch of comfort in the field. “It’s rare to have even one of these lounges, but I had two,” Fitzgerald says. They were museum-quality, from the estate of a collector whose family didn’t want them. “These were metal, with cushions, and they folded up and could be carried by horses, then unfolded wherever the generals stopped. They wanted all the luxury of home.” One of his favorite stories is not about where a piece came from, but where it ended up. A young woman fell in love with a vintage 1950s turquoise couch, bought it and had it delivered. “When I delivered it to her apartment, she had a bunch of dogs there—she was a professional dog-walker—and she had rabbits, turtles and other ani- mals, all rescue animals. But her home was spotless. When I walked in, I saw that her whole apartment had hints of turquoise all over. The couch was the one piece missing. It pulled the entire apartment together. She was so happy. It was really sweet.”

Another rewarding aspect of the business is donating to charities. Both of the Fitzgeralds believe in helping do- mestic abuse victims in women’s shel- ters. They once asked a shelter director what they could do to help. “I said, ‘We don’t have much money, but we have furniture.’” The woman told them that furniture is actually quite important, be- cause one of the biggest reasons women don’t leave shelters is due to a lack of it—and those with kids are especially sad that they don’t have beds for their children to sleep in. The Fitzgeralds donate unsold furniture that consignees don’t want back to help local women and their children start over. “Right now, I have an entire truckload with furni- ture for a woman and her family,” Paul Fitzgerald says. “So now, even the stuff I can’t sell still has a purpose.” The business has been exciting, he says, because it is always changing, and it helps people and the environment in several ways. “Each piece I have finds a new home,” he adds. “I really love that.”

Urban Consign and Design is located at 650 Newark St., in Hoboken. For more information, call 201-921-6800 or 201- 710-5075 or visit

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