An Elegant Touch

Stepping over the threshold of Karen’s Upscale Resale is like entering a luxurious contemporary abode.

The home-like atmosphere at the upscale furniture and accessories shop, 1324 N. Fares Ave. in northeast Evansville, allows customers to envision the high-end furnishings in their own house, says owner Karen Bender.

“We are incredibly unique compared to a typical resale store,” says the Evansville native. “The store is arranged in vignettes, like you would see walking into someone’s home.”

A self-described shopping fanatic, Bender opened the upscale resale shop seven years ago. “I like nice things, and I saw a need in the Tri-State for a consignment store with furniture and accessories that were all high-quality,” she says.

The shop, open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, carries sofas, chairs, curio cabinets, coffee tables, dining sets, and more from upscale brands including Baker, Karges, Drexel Heritage, Ethan Allen, Lexington, Century, Thomasville, Flexsteel, Hooker, Pulaski, Maitland-Smith, and Morano. An eclectic mix of high-end accessories also is offered, including oil paintings, unique lamps, bronze sculptures, and Karastan rugs.

▲ Karen Bender, top right, has owned the furniture and accessories shop Karen’s Upscale Resale for seven years. She and sales specialist Tina Shanks, left, have a passion for finding unique items to fit their customers’ styles and homes. parlor. 

“We have anything and everything to decorate your home,” says Bender.

Bender works with consignors throughout the Tri-State to stock the shop.

“The Tri-State is a transient area, so lots of furniture has come from east and west coast metropolitan cities, and it’s not sold anywhere else in the region,” she says. “I personally look at all the furniture before it comes into the store to make sure it meets our unique and high-quality standards.”

Both its consignors and customers often are repeat clients, says Bender. “Local interior decorators bring their clients in to shop,” she explains, adding her professional design staff assists customers in making attractive selections for a stylish home. “I have customers who have furnished their entire homes from here.”

And each time customers visit Karen’s Upscale Resale, they are sure to be pleasantly surprised by the wide selection, notes Bender.

“They will see something new every time they walk in the door,” she says. “Our shop is good retail therapy.”

For more information about Karen’s Upscale Resale, call 812-423-8550 or visit

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