What you will find: One of the fabulous things about this Mall of America store is that every couple of months it’s a whole different store. Heritage sells jewelry and bags on consignment and second-hand, and you never know which treasures will appear.
“A lot of our customers are looking for parts that they always wanted but that stores no longer carry,” says co-owner Corey McClellan. The boutique is also resizing the rings (whether purchased locally or not), so Heritage can personalize vintage pieces if they don’t match. The clientele ranges from millennials who like to waste time, to people looking for a specific style and anyone drawn to the good old-fashioned bling.
Those looking to sell jewelry are also in luck. McClellan and his business partner David Hime structured the company so that they could pay shippers “50 to 100% more than they would elsewhere,” says McClellan. Another bonus: “Collectively, we have 30 years of experience in the business,” he explains.
What you won’t find: McClellan rarely buys or consigns synthetic stones – the store prefers to stock natural stones, with a few exceptions based on style and quality.
The additional kilometer: The only parts McClellan buys directly are those he finds on the road. “I drive around the country and buy parts,” he says. He knows what to look for because he has been looking for vintage jewelry since he was a child. “I would go to real estate sales with my mom, who owned a jewelry store, and find out what she bought.” He only started buying and shipping bags recently, thanks to customer demand, but now, he says, “I can probably tell you more about most bags than my sister.
Get the goods: Heritage opened in Southdale in 2018 and moved to MOA last year.