Our colorful history of saving animals takes flight. Our mission began when two good friends with mutual interests and a desire to do something different in their community started down a winding path

In 1970, La Jolla residents Betsy Hillyer and Sheila Vardaman shared a love for animals and for beautiful furnishings. The two dear friends were smart, ambitious, and above all, caring. Eager to satisfy their entrepreneurial calling, they sought to pursue their passions while also giving back to the local community. Uninspired by the charitable organizations and opportunities available at the time, they opened a small consignment shop called Glorious Junque in La Jolla (Bird Rock), California.

Their mission was to sell consigned and donated antiques and use the proceeds to benefit animal welfare charities. Managed under the auspices of the San Diego Humane Society (SDHS), Glorious Junque eventually became Glorious Antiques and moved to a newer, larger space on Girard Avenue. With the success of the organization, sales increased and staff grew. Continued success would require a change.

In 2002, the original founders separated from SDHS, regrouped, and reopened next door as Ark Antiques. Focused on their mission to save animals, their proceeds were annually benefiting numerous animal charities throughout San Diego, Southern California and neighboring states.

In 2009, Ark Antiques moved to its present location at 7620 Girard Avenue. The devoted staff and loyal volunteers continue to work for their cause. Since 2003, Ark Antiques is proud to have granted over $2.0 million to qualified beneficiaries.


Elizabeth H. Davidson

Linda Strauss

Karen Speidel

Ron Davidson

John Appleby

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