New Milford resident Darlene Jajer's family has owned businesses on the corner of Route 202 and Chestnutland Road for 50 years.

Park Lane Cider Mill anchors the corner businesses, and now Darlene has opened a business right up the street called Park Lane Quality Consignment.

"There's a need for consignment shops in this economy," Ms. Jajer said. "I've worked in retail all my life. I was in management at the IGA in Bantam for years, and the transition from food to retail curios and clothing has been an easy one."

Ms. Jajer opened her shop two months ago and keeps prices moderate to keep turnover high. She likes to offer a variety of items, from Hallmark Snowbabies to Greek theater puppets to wood-carvings of seabirds, she offers a little of everything.

"I didn't just want to be a clothing consignment shop, although I accept high-end, name-brand clothing," she said. "Right now I have Abercrombie & Fitch and Hollister pants for $7.50 a pair and L.L. Bean vests for $6.50."

Ms. Jajer loves decorating and design. Last week she took a reed basket she had for sale and filled it with items from around the shop, then wrapped it in plastic and created a gift basket for a customer.

The shop owner encourages local artists to sell their drawings there. She has a line of pencil and ink drawings of scenes of historic buildings around New Milford, as well as original paintings by local artist Pat Aquila.

Open Mondays through Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Park Lane Quality Consignment accepts cash or local checks with ID.

For information or to arrange to bring items in for consignment sale, call 860-406-0092. Ms. Jajer offers a 50-50 split.