Island Clutter is a locally owned and operated consignment shop in Waikoloa Village that features Hawaiian and globally inspired furniture, collectibles, Hawaiiana, art, books, and jewelry.
“I have always enjoyed seeking out interesting items for myself, and I believe that the older collectibles have more soul,” says proprietor Kathleen “Kat” Berman. “I previously sold vintage and antique items on the mainland for years, and my favorite places to purchase were consignment stores.”
Kat has lived in Waikoloa Village since 2008 with her husband Dan, who is the General Manager of Hawai‘i Forest & Trail/Kohala Zipline. Their son Dakota is a graduate of Hawai‘i Preparatory Academy in Waimea, and daughter Alexa is a graduate of the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. Alexa just completed a two-year course in Ayurveda in Colorado. Two cats and “the happiest dog in the world” adopted from the Hawai‘i Island Humane Society round out the Berman ‘ohana.
Kat wanted Island Clutter to be in the Village, close to home—there is nothing like working in your own community, she says. It helps that Waikoloa Village is home to many folks moving to and from Hawai‘i, and in the course of moving, many fabulous things find their way to Island Clutter. Consignors can check their account at any time online, so they don’t have to live on island to consign.
Shoppers enjoy visiting often, because new items arrive all the time. The consignments are either new, new-ish, vintage, or antique in excellent to very good condition. Kat also gets more tourists visiting Island Clutter than she originally expected—while visiting the Waikoloa Highlands Shopping Center, they purchase something to remind them of Hawai‘i and ship it home.
Items which don’t sell that their owners don’t want back get donated (with owner’s permission, of course) to the Dusty Donkey Emporium thrift shop in Waikoloa. It is a win-win situation for everyone—consignors receive a tax write off, and the thrift store supports the Waikoloa Dry Forest Initiative. In any case, helping people pass their things to the next person who will enjoy them is Kat’s contribution to recycling and upcycling, keeping the island that she loves beautiful.
“My favorite part of the business are my customers,” Kat says. “Most of my customers are local, and I have made many new friends. They are knowledgeable about many things, and I am constantly learning. I love helping people!” ❖
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