BLAIRSVILLE — The sign above John Hopkins’ store says GB Flea Market. That’s not the name of his shop — the sign was there before he moved in. And seeing as how taking it down and replacing it would cost money, he’s leaving it be.
“Call me whatever you want,” he says.
Cheap? Maybe. Busy? Absolutely.
Even more so, he says, since renaming his antiques and furniture resale business and moving it from Homer City to Blairsville.
Now called Market Street Resale Shop, it, as the name implies, sits along the borough’s main thoroughfare. The shop had been Coach’s Consignments & Collectibles when it was along North Main Street in Homer City.
The former name caused some confusion, Hopkins said, as people thought he was dealing in sports memorabilia. And the former location was getting too cramped.
He opened the new store slightly more than two weeks ago. He’s leasing his storefront, which has more than doubled the square footage he had, allowing him to put more items on display.
Hopkins said he started the business out of his home as a hobby and opened the Homer City storefront about three years ago. And he soon began outperforming the goals and projections he had set in his business plan, he said.
“I outgrew that building very fast,” he said.
While he’s not the only one operating in the local used-goods resale business, Hopkins said he’s carved out something of a niche as he’s the only one dealing mostly in used furniture. Others, he said, don’t want the hassle of large objects.
“Nobody wants to move it,” he said.
He has an inventory of 5,000 to 6,000 items, procured mostly from estate sales and storage locker auctions. Hopkins said he usually doesn’t look for anything in particular, allowing his sense of taste to guide him.
“I see. I like. I buy.”
And hopes that he sells.
He said the strategy is to keep his overhead to the barest minimum possible and pass the savings on to customers.
Even the new shop wasn’t much of an investment — the cost of the lease and a few hundred dollars, he said.
Market Street Resale Shop is at 102 E. Market St. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays to Fridays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays. It’s closed on Mondays.