Donating or consigning your treasures is easy! Our pleasant and efficient staff is here to help make the process of working with The Ark a positive, enjoyable experience. Here are a few important things to remember before we get started.

Donations of Merchandise

Donations are always welcomed, encouraged and appreciated! Items must be clean and in good repair. We cannot accept items that are broken, stained or torn. We will provide free pickup of donations within La Jolla. The Ark’s retail store in La Jolla provides tax benefits to donors, and it is the responsibility of the donor to assign a fair market value of donated items for tax purposes. The Ark will provide a detailed letter of thanks or an itemized receipt. Owners should consult with their accountant for advice on whether donating items is a helpful choice for them.


Only the highest quality items will be accepted for consignment. Items must be clean and in good repair, otherwise a fee may be charged. Preferred items include: jewelry, furniture, china and crystal, silver, lamps and lighting, rugs, fine art and decorative accessories.

Some of the items we do not accept for consignment are: clothing, linens, beds and cribs, pianos, dolls and doll furnishings, unframed artwork, armoires, rocking chairs, huge sofas and sectionals, ordinary silver plate, Collector’s plates, Hummels and Lladro figurines, souvenir spoons, African art, oak and wicker furniture, and items made from endangered species.

For more information regarding donations and consignments, call us at 858.459.7755.

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Consignments are accepted Monday thru Saturday between 10:30am and 3:30pm.

Larger items MUST BE PRE-APPROVED before being brought to The Ark. Photos should be emailed to Please include information regarding dimensions, provenance, signatures and damage or repair. Even with pre-approval, The Ark reserves the right to refuse items based on poor quality or condition. We do not provide appraisals or price items on demand.

Our pricing Committee evaluates ALL items and determines their prices. Consignors will be contacted for price approval before items are tagged and placed on display in the store. Items priced at less than $40 will be accepted as donations only. Items that fall below $40 after a markdown will become donations.

Items are consigned for a 6 month period. After 3 months, items will be reduced 30% and another 20% after 5 months.

Items remaining after the 6th month become property of The Ark and will be considered a donation. It is the responsibility of the consignor to calendar the contracted time period and retrieve unsold items upon expiration of the contract if they do not want them to become property of The Ark.

The consignor will receive 55% of the selling price for all merchandise except Fine Jewelry. For Fine Jewelry items valued for sale at The Ark for $1, 000 and above, the consignor will receive 75% of the selling price. However; if Fine Jewelry prices fall below $1, 000, the items revert to the 55% commission rate. Prices are firm, and owners will not be called with offers. Consignors will receive checks for sold items by the middle of the month following the sale.