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. Donating to The Ark’s retail store in La Jolla may provide tax benefits to donors. The Ark will provide a detailed letter of thanks or a donation receipt. It is the responsibility of the donor to assign a fair market value of donated items for tax purposes. Owners should consult with their accountant for advice on donated items.
Only the highest quality items will be accepted for consignment. Preferred items include: jewelry, furniture, china and crystal, sterling silver, lamps and lighting, rugs, fine art, and decorative accessories. Items must be clean and in good repair, otherwise a fee may be charged.
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, books, and items made from endangered species.
For more information regarding donations and consignments, call us at 858.459.7755.
Consignments are accepted Monday thru Friday between 10:30 am and 3:00 pm.
Larger items MUST BE PRE-APPROVED before being brought to The Ark. Photos should be emailed to [email protected] 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 to determine the selling price. 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 become donations.
Items are consigned for a 4 month period. We strongly discourage the withdrawal of items prior to termination of the contract. Items will be reduced 30% after 2 months and another 20% after 3 months.
Items remaining after the 4th month become property of The Ark and will be considered donations. It is the responsibility of the consignor to calendar the contracted time period and retrieve unsold items upon termination of the contract, if they do not want them to become property of The Ark.
The consignor will receive 50% 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 50% commission rate. Prices are firm, and owners will not be called with offers. Consignors will receive payment for sold items by the middle of the month following the sale.