THE STORY OF WISHBONE RESERVE, LLC
“Always well made, Often preloved!”
Furniture, Fixtures and other Fineries
Established December 2014
Wishbone Reserve, LLC is the long-desired business lovechild of two treasure hunters, both devoted animal lovers and protectors, and very dear friends - Athena Hoffberger and Julie Lilienfeld. These proud-to-be-Baltimore gals come loaded with a nigh holy reverence for the sanctity of the one–off, the gently loved, the amazingly well-made, the endearingly quirky, and the enduring refinement of the hidden haute treasure.
Athena and Julie see their mission as two-fold: One, as empathetic aide to down-sizers, folks on the move, and succorer to the overwhelmed/ nearly suffocated hoarder; and Two, as purveyors and conveyers of wonders deserving to be adored anew by YOU, the “Wish-boner” or customer, in need of more comfort and joy in your everyday (and night!). Their modus operandi is in providing YOU with mega affordable bargains of pure delight, be it for your student dorm, a first home, a prized wedding or birthday gift, or to outfit a castle or beach home. Great style knows no boundaries!
Julie Lilienfeld has both a pure heart of gold and the mouth of a sailor (she’s really working on it!). With 15 years of experience in the auction and estate liquidation business, Julie has a special love for the endless permutations of jewelry and just how fascinating the historic chain of those proud wearer/bearers can be. The thrill of personal story and history is why Julie so adores the fine lines of designer couture, the dress-up value of a homemade costume, the humongous diversity of church hats, fab handbags, and the odd adornment that shouts both fun and wow. Julie can spot a rare gem in a clump of paste a mile away. She credits the time working for The Store Ltd founders – Betty Cooke and Bill Steinmetz – Batimore’s taste-makers for more than half a century, as a mega blessing in helping develop her eye.
Athena Alban Hoffberger has worked as an interior designer completing projects in China, London, New York and throughout Maryland. She has been a sought after professional organizer, and has had extensive retail and consignment experience. Her integrity has earned the praise and trust of the region’s best consignors. Athena is especially thankful to have learned much from her first employer, retail mentor and friend, Elsie Fergusson, the legendary proprietor of Something Else - a global clothes/accessories shop just a stone’s throw away from her and Julie’s Wishbone Reserve, LLC store and emporium.
YOUR PERSONAL INVITATION
Simply put, Wishbone Reserve, LLC is up-cycling, recycling at its best. Tell Julie or Athena your secret longing for some obscure whatnot, and they are hot on its trail. Come in and browse, and do so frequently, so as not to miss YOUR own personal discerning review of some darn sweet thing. Never feel pressured to buy until the moment’s absolutely right. Life needs more joy and peace, not less.
Come let the babbling, historic Jones Falls river transport you as you conduct your personal and peace-filled hunt through the Wishbone Reserve store. This river runs right beneath the store's back window. Please come walk right in and meet the resident blue heron and spot the shy bucktooth beaver.
In conclusion, know this: Athena and Julie are both empaths. Above all, they want all who enter Wishbone Reserve, LLC to feel welcomed and never ever pushed to buy anything that won’t bring them, or someone they love, a bit of lasting delight.
Wishbone Reserve will also host some really special classes posted right here on the WR website to champion and impart the art of the handmade, rethought and artistically reinvented. And sometimes, there will just be gatherings to do fun stuff that blows on the embers of souls.