Bird in Hand to relocate

by Molly Welby
Posted 7/23/21

After operating at 8419 Germantown Avenue since 1987, Bird in Hand Consignment Shop will be moving to a new and more spacious location at 9 West Highland Street.

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After operating at 8419 Germantown Avenue since 1987, Bird in Hand Consignment Shop will be moving to a new and more spacious location at 9 West Highland Street.

Looming renovations of their current space led the staff of Bird in Hand to consider taking this opportunity to move. “We didn’t want to be part of a renovation, we have all these beautiful pieces of art and china and textiles, and we just didn’t want all that dust everywhere to live through it,” said Sandra Patty, executive director of Bird in Hand.

After being the first to close from March to June in 2020 as a result of the pandemic, Bird in Hand finished out the fiscal year with close to $20,000 in sales. That money went directly to their list of non-profit organizations including Team Children, Philabundance’s COVID Box Program and Meals on Wheels.

While Patty and her team had been looking for an available space even before they were informed by the Chestnut Hill Community Centre’s board members of the renovations, they couldn’t seem to find a space that was both vacant and right for the needs of their business.

Their current space is a mere 400-square-feet, while their future space will add around 1000-square-feet of room for their treasures. Patty signed a five-year-lease with an option to renew for another five years.

Their Germantown Avenue location will be officially closing on July 31st and reopening at their West Highland Street location on September 7th. The internationally-themed opening will feature strolling minstrels as well as musicians and will be held during the first weekend in October in conjunction with National Consignment Day.

According to Patty a number of people from the community have agreed to help move display cases and furniture from August 1st-5th and they will welcome anyone who wants to lend a hand.

Other members of the community have donated not just their time but their money to support Bird in Hand during this hectic time. A long-time friend, volunteer and supporter of Bird in Hand, Hal Miller of Nantucket, has made a $500 cash donation to Bird in Hand to help cover expenses during the closure in August. Miller hopes that his donation will allow them to continue helping other nonprofits in the community and is encouraging others in the community to do the same.

All donors will be acknowledged unless they wish to remain anonymous.

Editor’s Note: The July 22 print version states the Chestnut Hill Business Association notified Bird-in-Hand about upcoming renovations. It was the Chestnt Hill Community Center board . The Local regrets the error.

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