CREATED Jul. 19, 2013
CATHEDRAL CITY - Touch of Class Consignments on East Palm Canyon Drive remains closed since June, but some of its consignors were able to get back their items from the store.
"I'm happy I got at least some of it, yeaht it wasn't easy. We live in San Clemente," said Jim Hollinger.
The store unexpectedly closed about a month ago with just a note on the front doors. It said it was downsizing, and the closure was temporary. It left many of the consignors' valuables inside the building, and they say trying to get them back hasn't been easy.
"We're very appreciative of what you guys [KMIR 6] did so that we at least had some idea of what was going on because the phone was disconnected, the website was down," shared Hollinger.
He was one of several consignors who went to the store on Thursday. Others, however, haven't been so lucky, like Nancy Shugg from Palm Desert.
"Bill Johnson took a three-bedroom house of mine full of furniture, sold the majority of it and didn't pay me any of the percentage that I was due, that was 60 percent of what he sold it for," expressed Shugg.
She filed a small claims case against Bill Johnson, the owner of Touch of Class in May. According to Shugg, Johnson sold her furniture at a total of $5,000.
"Mr. Johnson showed up. He signed a court document agreeing to pay me four payments of $1250," said Shugg, "And the bank has told me, he has no money in his account."
She added all she ever received were four post-dated checks from Johnson.
"As of this week, there will be a $5,000 judgement that goes into effect in Indio court against him personally and Touch of Class," said Shugg.
From unsatisfied consignors to those have been able to get their property back from the store, the situation at Touch of Class remains in question.
Earlier story from July 8: http://www.kmir6.com/news/toprotator/214696331.html