Meet Your Merchant: The Pretty Penny Thrift Store
Meet Your Merchant
Name of business: The Pretty Penny Thrift Store
Description: Local thrift store seeks to reinvent itself for the holiday season in order to survive, but also in hopes to increase revenue for local businesses and crafters.
Owner(s): Betsy Garcia and Gabriel Vidaurri
Address: 701 Main St., Silt
Date business opened: February 2015
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How did your business start?
I have always loved thrift stores, so when I decided to quit my job in order to spend more time with my daughter the idea of opening up my own thrift store came up, and my husband helped me make it happen.
What do you sell?
We sell a variety of new and used items. During the summer my husband repairs lawn mowers, redoes furniture and repairs dryers. For this holiday season, we plan to start hosting craft fairs. During the summer we offer free delivery on furniture and appliances.
Why do you like what you do?
I love owning my own thrift store because it allows me to spend more time with my daughter, and I’m my own boss. Owning a thrift store is no way to get rich, but it does give us the satisfaction of being able to help our community.
What strategy do you use to hire good people?
As of right now, our shop has been solely family operated.
What is your strategy for growth in the next year?
Our strategy is to be constantly re-inventing ourselves as a business, to keep things fresh, new and exciting. We always welcome feedback from customers and do what we can to be competitive.
What is the best thing about running a business here?
I believe that the best thing about running a business anywhere is when you get those community members that really show you support and encourage you to keep going even when things look glum. Local businesses always need the support of their communities in order to survive, and I think with having the convenience of all these big name stores around us, people tend to forget that.
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