About

Cottage Chic Resale at Compass Rose Resale

Purveyors of Fine Vintage and New-to-You Home Goods and Select Clothing Consignments.

Cottage Chic Resale is a consignment store in Hyannis, Massachusetts on historic Main St. The store sells vintage and new-to-you home goods including painted furniture, mirrors, wall art, hand-painted signs, linens, and home decor.

 

Picture 123Meet Mary Harrigan, Owner of CottageChic Resale

Starting my store has been a dream that has been rattling around my brain for a very long time.

I have been taking under-loved furniture and vintage finds and turning them into one-of-a-kind décor pieces for over 20 years. My friends and customers tell me that I have a great eye for spotting pieces that are ugly ducklings just waiting to let out their inner swan.

Moving to Cape Cod

Talk about a cliché. I needed to make a change in my life, so I relocated to Cape Cod in the summer of 2012 after my sister raved about living here. Originally when I moved to here, I planned to continue work as a dental hygienist (my other career for the last 25+ years) and do my furniture “on the side.”

Success!

Shortly after moving here, I started making the rounds of select Cape consignment and furniture stores. My funky Cape-inspired, French-farmhouse take on vintage décor found a ready audience and my pieces sold quickly. My quirky sense of color and design (and my ability to see past tragic upholstery choices) were even more popular here than in the Boston area. Pretty soon, I found that I couldn’t wait to get home from the dental office and get to work on my furniture. And the old dream of working for myself in a creative business that I loved began to look more possible.

Time to Take the Leap

With the success I was finding selling my pieces to a new Cape audience, I decided that maybe I really was ready make a bigger change. After all these years of turning ugly ducklings into treasures, it was time for me to commit to doing something that I loved – full time. Time to open a shop of my own. I looked for a shop between Mashpee and Yarmouth, finally deciding that I wanted to be part of Main Street in Hyannis, with its great mix of shops and supportive community.

cottage-chic-resaleFinding My Perfect Place (Part 1)

I found the perfect location on the west end of Main Street. I have a small parking lot so customers can load furniture. My shop has large, sunny windows and a small garden out front. Perfect!

There are a growing number of creative shops (Little Beach Gallery, Shift, Vu Design) which complement my business. The BID (Business Improvement District – Hyannis) has been incredibly supportive. My landlord (owner of Puff the Magic) has been great. I could not ask for a better spot to start my venture.

And So It Begins

On May 4, 2013, I opened my store. I have stocked it full of fab vintage furniture, all updated with Cape cottage meets French farmhouse vibe. I also carry cool lighting, terrific mirrors and wall décor, and lots of small treasures. I specialize in pieces from 1900 – 1960’s that can make your home something special. All one-of-a-kind! Visit us often as my store is constantly changing.

The next chapter begins…

On August 23, 2015, Cottage Chic Resale closes its doors. It was very hard to make this decision, but I have some health issues and need to take care of myself.

 

Finding My Perfect Place (part 2)

opening-storeSo….the store in the west end closed (sigh…pause for tears) and I spent another year plus selling in other stores around Hyannis. It was good – but it wasn’t enough.

In 2016, the woman who took over my space invited me to come back and sell in part of my own space. While it was great to reconnect, ultimately it did not work.

A friend and I were sharing a glass of adult beverage and trying to figure out our next steps. A little wine-wisdom later, and we hatched a plan to open a store together. Same type of store, different end of Main Street in Hyannis.

Compass Rose Resale was born (big TA-DA moment) so that we could both indulge in our passion for resale.

And a year and a half later, we are still having fun, still selling the BEST buzz-worthy vintage and new-to-you stuff on the Cape.

Want to stay up to date? See new pieces? Get invites to events?

The easiest way to keep up with CottageChic Resale is to sign up for our email list – CottageChic Insider. I pinky-swear promise that I will never sell your name or information! You will get updates a few times a month as I add new inventory – and you will be the first to know about events! CottageChic Insiders also get special coupons and discounts – so sign up today.

You can follow along with me on this site, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or through an RSS feed. I post my latest finds – all one-of-a-kind – so if there is something you love, grab it. It might not be here next time.

Thanks for your support over the last two years! I look forward to seeing you soon as I say goodbye – and at my new gig at Compass Rose Resale

Mary Harrigan

6 thoughts on “About

    1. Gracie Post author

      Daily from 11 am to 7 pm. Sometimes a little later on the weekend – lots of foot traffic in downtown Hyannis in during the season! Winter hours will be posted soon.

    1. Gracie Post author

      Thank you! It’s fun and challenging to take an underloved piece and turn it into something fab!

  1. Yana Posovsky

    Thanks for making our trip to the Cape to furnish my new home so much fun!!! Not only do you have great finds, many of which are now in my home, but you are truly a kick. Can’t wait to see you and your “finds” again when we return in May.

    1. Mary

      Yana,
      So glad you made it home in one piece. I had so much fun with you girls. You and Nicole did a great job creating your new home. I can’t wait to see you again in a few weeks.
      Mary aka The Cottage Chic

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