When did you first get the idea for the store?
It's been 4 months ago. It sounded like a good idea, we went for it.
I understand this property became available first and now you're looking at maybe expanding into Vincenne's?
We're looking into expanding into Vinceene's because that's where I'm originally from, then maybe on to Evansville.
I couldn't find anything in Vincenne's to do what I wanted at the time, so I came to Terre Haute, found this store.
It had a lot more room than what I needed, but I'm growing into it. It gave me the warehouse that I needed, so we moved up here
and made a go of it.
I understand you work with charities you bring food to the Charities you bring unsold items to charities?
Yes, our food items go to charities. We get a lot of different things, so that all goes.
Everything that we have left is donated to charities around the community.
I've noticed some changes around here. One of the big ones that's minor, but it makes a big difference, is a bin where you
throw away the empty packages and empty boxes that you find. So what request would you make of the customers regarding this?
Well, we would like the customers to ask for assistance when it comes time to open the boxes, because a lot of boxes are
getting opened up and parts fall out. At that point it's no good to that customer, it's no good to me or anyone else so it
becomes instant junk. So if you're there at the bin, all we ask is just ask for assistance. We'll be glad to help you and that
way it cuts down on the waste. We're bringing your good buys, good merchandise, but once it's opened and thrown the the cages
then it becomes worthless.
I see the improvements that are being made to the store. I understand you're looking at creating a retail section that'll
be higher than $5, but less than Amazon?
We talked about that. I don't know how soon that's going to happen. We're working on the store withs more bins and more
products until then.
What is most rewarding about running this kind of business?
It's a whole new concept. No one around here has ever seen anything like it. I've never seen anything like it other
than in other parts of the country. It looked exciting! It draws a lot of people, a lot of interest. There are good buys.
There are so many things that makes this so rewarding! A lot of it is just watching the people that come in!
Saturday morning we has a line waiting of around a hundred and fifty people. It's really nice to look out your door and know
that your store is going to be full here at 9. I'm talking with people and they like to talk about it. We walk through the
store trying to help everybody.
Could you tell me about the family atmosphere here?
We all work that way. We'll take time out for the kids, entertain them. We know parents are here to you know the shop.
We can help take care of the kids, we don't mind. Kids pull stuff out of the Bins and show me the pictures, really creative!
Any advice for anyone wanting their own business?
Come talk to us about a franchise.