Behind the Desk
Company name: FINDS Furniture & Homegoods Consignment Shop
Address: 301 Allegheny St., Hollidaysburg
Telephone number: 317-5124
Years with company: Six
Family: Mother, Dorothy Stapelfeld; children: Tessa Rossi (Eric Shields), Ana (Josh Lanzendorfer), Alec (Ashlee Rossi); and grandchildren: Lou Rossi and Josh Lanzendorfer
What products or services does your company provide?
We are a local retail shop providing furniture and homegoods consignment. We help people who are downsizing, moving or needing a place to sell their items.
Who are your customers?
Anyone who loves to buy next to new, vintage, antique or one-of-a-kind furniture and home decor. Most buyers are looking for better-made furniture at a discount price.
What is your business day like?
Dealing with people — those that need to sell their items and those that are purchasing. We price all of the merchandise coming in and then display it in a nice showroom setting for the buyers. We move a lot of stuff.
What is the best business advice you have received?
Be consistent, know your business and your customers, be fair and understand each and every circumstance that brings people into the shop.
What is the most important thing you’ve learned on the job?
What does the future hold?
Tastes have dramatically changed over the last 20 years. What your mom or grandmother loved isn’t necessarily what buyers want today. We have to constantly present items from the past as better made, more unique and worthy of a second life. We strive to inform buyers that purchasing consigned items extends the lifecycle of luxury, giving new life to treasured pieces.
What have you read lately that has influenced your business life?
I just read in Forbes magazine that retail stores are going strong and still attract many Millennial and Generation X buyers who prefer “real life” stores over the internet.
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