We used Guardian Moving and Storage to move our large household overseas a few years ago. We were on a very strict schedule with a definite deadline and they showed up late all three days. The head guy didn't show up at all one of the days. They started out packing things correctly but as they got more and more behind, they just started throwing things in boxes. Some things got broken and some were not packed at all. They left some things just sitting in the rooms until I pointed out that they had to be packed, too.
We eventually settled an insurance claim and got back most of the cost of the damage but it was an unpleasant ordeal and not worth it. I would never use them again.
The Clearinghouse is a large consignment shop that carries a lot of traditional style furniture and antiques, plus crystal, silver, jewelry, art, knick-knacks, china, cookware, linens and more!
There is a lot of turnover here due to high traffic by retail buyers and decorators, so check in often to see new things. The staff is mostly very helpful and they have a guy who will help load your big purchase. I think they deliver for a fee, too.
As for consigning, it's a great place to unload stuff when you don't want to deal with buyers directly. I have consigned furniture to them and most of it sold very quickly. They only cut checks once a month so it can take awhile to get paid so if youre looking for fast cash you should probably go elsewhere. Me, I just like to get rid of stuff and the money is the icing on the cake.
Baynseville Electronics has parts for all kinds of electrical and electronic appliances and devices. If you need some obscure little fuse or adaptor or cable, chances are they will have it. And even better, the staff will know if they have it or not without wandering up and down every aisle looking for it with mouth hanging open, which you could do yourself if you wanted to take the time.
Great shop---remember to check here first when you need stuff. It could save you lots of time and frustration!
Cummins is a family owned business that has been around for many years. We have gotten several major appliances from them and have always been impressed with their service. They know their stuff and can answer any question you might have and you will not get the feeling that it's a canned answer. We always got delivery within a few days of purchase and they take the old appliance away for free or maybe for a $10 fee, I forget.
Always polite and friendly, too. Can't go wrong here.
Ten Car Pileup is crammed with clothing from the 50s through the 80s. The prices aren't cheap but the convenience of one-stop shopping for all those eras may be worth the extra dollars. You could get a lot of the same stuff at yard sales and Goodwill but it would mean a whole lot more driving around and hunting. The shop also has a lot of jewelry and accessories. It always seems really hot and stuffy when I'm in there so be prepared to strip off layers if you want to shop awhile.
The Surprise Shop has been around forever and is located in an old stone house on Allegheny Avenue in Towson. Every room in on two stories is full of clothing, housewares, books and knick-knacks. There isn't as much turnover in stock as in the bigger thrft stores in the area but The Surprise Shop makes up for it in charm. The staff is mostly elderly ladies and they always have a basket of candy bars for sale so even if you don't find a new outfit or vase or handbag, you can at least leave with an edible treat!
North Plaza Mall has changed a lot over the years. Stores have come and gone, most notably Hechinger's, a big box hardware store that couldn't compete with Home Depot and went under.
There are some discount stores worth checking out, like TJ Maxx. The MVA now has a branch here so you can renew your license or registration and then do a little shopping as a reward for all that time spent waiting.
The dining options are somewhat limited and somewhat mediocre. You will definitely work off any extra calories if you walk from one end of the strip to the other. It is LONG.
The Towson Town Center mall is a mainstay of shopping in this area. Nordstrom and Hecht's are the anchor stores (love Nordstrom, don't like Hecht's so much--too crammed with stuff to get around easily). There's also a Rack, which is Nordstrom's outlet store and I think this is the only one that is in the same location as the main store.
The rest of the stores and restaurants are pretty much what you find in any Rouse mall but one good thing about Towson is that it was built on the site of a previous mall and not on reclaimed farmland like so many others.
The mall is clean and well laid out. There were some security issues awhile back but they seem to have that under control now.
I always have high hopes when going to the White Marsh Mall but they usually fall flat. The layout is such that there are bottlenecks in a lot of spots and you have no choice but to go with the flow of traffic, which can be snail-like when it's busy!
The stores are OK but not great---Macy's used to be a nice department store but they have gone way downhill. Maybe they'll improve after this latest buy-out. The food court is the usual bunch of fast food places but there are one or two that have food that is not so greasy.
Best to go on weekday mornings. It's not worth battling the crowds during peak shopping hours.
Harborplace is fun for tourists. We used to go a lot when it first opened 24+ years ago but after awhile it wasn't worth battling the crowds. There are a lot of fast food places and some nice seating overlooking the harbor. The shops are mostly the same ones you see in big malls all over the country, with the exception of a few small shops and kiosks that sell Baltimore souvnirs and fun kitschy stuff.
There are some good restaurants, though i would avoid the Cheesecake Factory if you mind long waits for tables and service. The food is not quite worth all that.
We still enjoy the view of the harbor and seeing visiting ships and our own U.S.S. Constellation in dock (fun to tour, too). People-watching can be fun, too. Just be prepared to pay through the nose for parking!