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It's the trendy thing to do now — to resell or reuse instead of letting it collect dust," says longtime designer Tayne Renmark (above, with her dog Eapoe). She's now selling artfully chosen secondhand home items at Renmark Consignment ( 7 N. 25th St., 222-9002 or renmarkconsignmentshop.com ). The Church Hill shop opened in mid-June with stock ranging from quirky to sleek, including Neiman Marcus etched martini glasses and a Brunschwig & Fils ottoman. To top it off, 2 percent of proceeds go to Art 180, a nonprofit art program for underprivileged youth. And Renmark's shop is hardly the only example of the expansion in Richmond's consignment scene. Avenue Clothes ( 411 N. Ridge Road, 288-0160 or indigoavenueclothes.com ) opened this spring and sells modern women's clothing, including a number of stylish maternity options. Across town, Jami Smithson launched Kat's Meow ( 6943 Lakeside Ave., 346-1233 or consignatkats.com ), a high-end furniture consignment shop, on July 28, offering custom reupholstering services, appraisals and furniture rentals. If you're looking for a real steal on clothing and accessories, My Closet-Your Treasures ( 5524 Lakeside Ave., 525-4256 or mycloset-yourtreasures.com ) began putting out monthly $5 outdoor sale racks this summer — the next is slated for Sept. 5.