Prized artwork and precious metals seek new homes in Southwest Florida

When one thinks of “treasure hunting,” images of sword-swinging pirates and metal detectors racing over the beach may come to mind. But for most modern-day treasure hunters, the search happens in air-conditioned strip malls, where thrift and resale stores offer a thrilling prospect of treasure hiding in plain sight.

Valuable items once housed in Naples-area homes have made their way to the shelves of Guadalupe Resale Shop, an upscale resale store in North Naples specializing in like-new furniture, clothing and home décor. The Resale Shop regularly receives donations of designer labels, fine jewelry, antique curiosities and high-quality furnishings. On occasion, though, there is a proverbial shimmer of gold in the pan, and something that may have once been pricey turns out to be priceless.

Fortunately, these treasures aren’t falling into unwitting hands. The Resale Shop has a history of pairing valuable décor with savvy buyers. In 2019, for instance, Toronto-based art collector Ron Woods purchased an original oil painting by S. Lewiston, valued at $2,000, for a bargain price of $175. The painting, one of Lewiston’s signature tableaus of the Venetian canals, now hangs in the library at St. Joseph’s Villa, a retirement community in Dundas, Ontario. Just one year later, international gallery curator Aldo Castillo discovered “Janet,” a lifelike statue by prolific hyperrealist sculptor Marc Sijan, in the Resale Shop’s front window. Castillo, a Naples resident, had been a longtime donor to Resale Shop, and thus was not surprised to find such an extraordinary piece of art on display. “People in Naples donate some very nice things,” Castillo noted. Much to the joy of local investors and resellers, these “nice things,” especially artwork and jewelry, will only appreciate value over time.

At Guadalupe Resale Shop, it’s more than just the shoppers hawking for treasure who benefit from high-value items. Proceeds help fund the Guadalupe Center’s transformational education programs for low-income students in Immokalee, including the nationally accredited Early Childhood Education Program, After-school Tutoring & Summer Enrichment Program and the college-preparatory Tutor Corps Program. Each is designed to foster personal and academic success, preparing students to be lifelong learners and leaders.

Guadalupe Center serves more than 1,400 students per year, and as more supporters donate high-end items to the Resale Shop, that number will only continue to grow. To put things into perspective, Castillo’s purchase of the “Janet” statue alone provided Guadalupe Center with enough funds to outfit a preschool classroom with a year’s worth of art and music supplies. These remarkable donations are creating opportunities all over the county, and as collectors are finding their next great investment, local children are finding their passion.

Guadalupe Resale Shop accepts donations throughout the year, and all donations are tax-deductible. The Resale Shop also offers free home pickup for large items, such as bedroom furniture and kitchen tables.

You never know who – or what – will wander through the doors of Guadalupe Resale Shop. Even if customers don’t walk away with a priceless treasure, they’ll still have made a difference in the lives of students in Immokalee.

– By Kat McNabb, manager of Guadalupe Resale Shop

Captivating sculpture finds new home, funds new educational opportunities

Bargain hunters recognize that resale stores offer opportunities to score great deals on furniture, clothing and accessories.

Now, art collectors are experiencing the same sense of euphoria when visiting Guadalupe Resale Shop in North Naples.

Recently, a generous supporter donated a prized sculpture by renowned hyperrealist artist Marc Sijan. “Janet,” the name given by her donors, was part of Sijan’s Standing Barefoot collection and was as lifelike as they come, right down to flesh tones, freckles, eyelashes and skin imperfections.

Guadalupe Resale ShopGuadalupe Resale Shop positioned Janet at the front entrance so shoppers could appreciate the beautiful work of art. One of those admirers was Aldo Castillo, an international art curator who recently opened a new gallery on Fifth Avenue South in Naples. Castillo is quite familiar with Sijan’s work, noting that some of his sculptures have sold for upwards of $30,000 to $40,000

“I have traveled the world and know what really good artwork looks like, and this piece is spectacular,” Castillo said.

Many of Sijan’s works are nudes. Castillo said this sculpture is rare in that she’s fully clothed and was well-preserved by her former owners.

This isn’t the first time an art aficionado has found treasure at Guadalupe Resale Shop. Last year, art collector Ron Woods purchased an original oil painting by S. Lewiston depicting a Venetian canal bordered by Italian villas. The painting was later appraised for $2,000 and ultimately made its way to Canada, where it’s now the centerpiece of a senior living facility’s library and conservatory.

“It’s not unusual to find a treasure in a store like Guadalupe Resale Shop,” Castillo said. “People in Naples donate some very nice things.”

Those “nice things” are then resold, helping to fund educational programs that serve more than 1,400 students annually.

“Higher-end donations like the Marc Sijan sculpture ultimately mean we’ll be able to create additional educational opportunities for students in Immokalee,” said Bob Spano, vice president of programs at Guadalupe Center. “Both donors and customers at the Resale Shop are having a tremendous impact on our programs, our students and our community.”

It’s estimated that the sculpture’s sale will allow Guadalupe Center to outfit a preschool class with music and art supplies for an entire school year.

In addition to artwork, the Resale Shop accepts donations of quality furniture, home décor, kitchenware, lamps, linens, DVDs and CDs, books and more, as well as all types of new and gently used ladies and men’s clothing, including accessories such as jewelry, purses and nearly new shoes.

Donors can claim tax deductions because Guadalupe Center is a nonprofit.

Meanwhile, Castillo said buyers also have a financial incentive to purchase high-end pieces of artwork.

“People buy art for their enjoyment, but it’s also a wise investment,” Castillo said. “Unlike real estate or the stock market, artwork generally does not lose its value.”

Castillo didn’t begin his relationship with Guadalupe Resale Shop as a shopper. He started as a donor, dropping off household items and clothing. While the location was convenient, Castillo said the cause captured his support.

“I believe in their mission,” Castillo said. “Guadalupe Center is providing an education that will change the lives of these children.”

Guadalupe Resale Shop is located at 12980 Tamiami Trail N., Unit 10, in Naples. The showroom is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. For more information, please call 239-594-2696.

High-Quality Donations = High-Quality Education

Janet was quite the looker. 

Recent visitors to Guadalupe Resale Shop couldn’t help but notice beautiful woman standing by the front door. The prized sculpture by renowned “hyper realist” artist Marc Sijan, part of his Standing Barefoot collection, was as lifelike as they come, right down to flesh tones, freckles, eyelashes and skin imperfections. 

Art aficionados immediately took note of Janet, the name given by her donors. Research showSijan’s work often fetches five-figure sums when sold through art dealers. 

Janet was a high-quality donation, and high-quality donations help fund a high-quality education for the students of Immokalee. Revenue at Guadalupe Resale Shop infuses financial support into Guadalupe Center in Immokalee, which offers a nationally accredited Early Childhood Education Program, After-school Tutoring & Summer Enrichment Program and college-preparatory Tutor Corps Program. 

Janet sold in late August to Aldo Castillo, an international art curator who recently opened a gallery on Fifth Avenue South in Naples. Proceeds from that sale can provide an entire preschool class with creative arts and music resources for the year. Or it can sponsor child and his or her parents for the Smart Start Program, which shows parents how to facilitate in-home learning and ensure that children are reaching age-appropriate developmental milestones. Or it can allow Guadalupe Center to purchase an in-class educational system like LEGO kits for STEM lessons. 

Guadalupe Resale Shop has been blessed with an amazingly generous base of regular donors who have given entire living room and bedroom sets, oak cabinets, stylish apparel, one-of-a-kind pieces of artwork and home décor. High-quality items don’t sit on the showroom floor very long. Each sale represents another opportunity to support children whose lives are being transformed through Guadalupe Center, which has a mission of breaking the cycle of poverty through education for the children of Immokalee.  

Many well-meaning donors have asked what constitutes a “high-quality donation.” Customers are advised to ask themselves, “Is this something I would give to a friend?” If the answer is yes, then typically that item will have a good value in the resale market. If the answer is no, however, then it’s not likely someone would purchase it, either.  

To advise customers on how to truly make an impact on a child’s life, Guadalupe Resale Shop offers the following guidelines for donors: 

  • Will acceptLike-new furniture, home décor, kitchenware, artwork, lamps, linens, DVDs and CDs, books and all types of ladies and men’s clothing, including accessories such as jewelry, purses and nearly new shoes.  
  • Will not accept: Electronics, used household appliances, mattresses, children’s clothing and toys, baby equipment, gardening tools, light fixtures, ceiling fans, armoires, entertainment centers and exercise equipment. 

Guadalupe Resale Shop is located at 12980 Tamiami Trail N., Unit 10 in Naples. The showroom is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays; donations are accepted 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. For more information, please visit GuadalupeCenter.org or call 239-594-2696.