Consignors take back some belongings from closed Phoenix store

Some customers of a closed Phoenix consignment store were finally able to get back a few of their belongings.
 
We asked the landlord to re-open the doors of Camelback Consign and Design in Phoenix for one night only.
 
The business closed last month after our story and months of complaints from consignors who say they didn't get paid.
 
We talked with at least a dozen people who say they brought belongings to the business.
 
One customer got a bad check for more than $2,300.
 
Other customers say they also got bad checks, or didn't get paid at all.
 
Some say they can't find their items in the store where they should be.
 
We aired a story about owner Mike Burns and the complaints.
 
At the time, Burns told me some people did not pay him for belongings, so he got behind and couldn't pay others.
 
He also blamed a water leak and insurance that didn't pay up.
 
But the insurance company told me they did pay the claims that were properly documented.
 
Days after our story aired, Camelback Consign and Design closed with many belongings still inside.
 
We asked the landlord to open for a few hours recently and told customers they could check for belongings.
 
Owner Mike Burns showed up as well.
 
This time, I asked Burns about taking blame for the situation. He said "sure, it's my fault. It's my business."
 
But again, he blamed not getting paid as the reason any checks bounced.
 
I asked him why continue taking on new consignments while facing his financial issues.
 
He said "I haven't brought things in, in months."
 
On this day, some people weren't able to find anything they owned.
 
But others did find tables and lamps and loaded them in cars.
 
One customer says Burns even gave him cash for a bad check he received.
 
Others are still waiting. 
 
Need my help? Call the Let Joe Know helpline at 10855-323-1515 and talk to the Assistance League of Phoenix volunteers.
 
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