Florida Families Downsize Estates Through Consignments and Auctions

Wes Dunn

If you’ve visited downtown Ormond Beach in the last 10 years, it’s likely you stopped into one of the two locations of Dunn’s Attic consignment shop to enjoy a Mimosa while browsing aisle after aisle of one-of-a-kind items before grabbing a great homestyle breakfast or lunch at their onsite cafe.

“They say the three most popular things to do around here are eating, shopping and the beach. We fulfill two of those,” says Dunn’s Attic Owner, Wes Dunn. “We have people that spend hours in here.”

The store’s two locations boast over 30,000 items in stock from 3,800 consigners. You’re likely to see items you won’t see anywhere else – some valued up to $50,000.

“We’re a multi-faceted business, a lot of different moving parts,” says Wes. “The primary part of our business is consignment. We concentrate on furniture, home decor, tables, gifts, art, kind of stuff.”

Wes says that the goal of his store’s retail operation is “creating a shopping experience similar to what we are used to or that folks are used to from years back where shopping can be a fun, enjoyable type of endeavor.”

“There’s a lot for the eye to see. Some would say that it’s sensory overload. We do a really good job of display and kind of cramming a lot of stuff in the store,” he says.

The items in his store come from all over the state of Florida and include things that have been purchased, collected and passed down through generations—and that you won’t find in “big box” stores, says Wes.

Another important aspect of Dunn’s Attic is its high-end estate auction business that caters to collectors and antique enthusiasts around the world.

“I think that that’s going to be a big part of what we’re going to be doing going forward,” says Wes. “After someone passes away, there are a lot of different things that make selling this kind of stuff difficult, especially estates.”

Dunn’s Attic helps families downsize estates by placing high-value items on an international platform called HiBid.com and managing all aspects of the auction. They also recently opened a showroom next to their main store where customers can come and see the items they’re bidding on in person.

Wes says that he is currently working with the family of Ron Rice, the founder of Hawaiian Tropic, to auction off some of the late mogul’s unique treasures.

“With the Ron Rice auctions, we’ve had bidders and winners from California, Puerto Rico, the northern part of the country – kind of all over,” says Wes.

An important part of dealing with estate auction customers is education, says Wes. He tries to educate his customers about what to expect when auctioning their precious family heirlooms while helping them deal with time constraints and navigate a complex process. 

Wes encourages anyone who wants to auction estate items to call or email him via the information listed on his website, www.dunnsattic.com.