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New Riverton store provides secondhand furniture
Nov 29, 2012 - By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer
The store's owners clean and repair inventory before sending it out to the front show room.
When customers make a purchase at Riverton's newest second-hand furniture store, owner Tammy Westfall wants them to feel like they are buying a brand-new item.
"We take the time (to) make sure it's quality enough for someone to use it still," she said, gesturing toward the back room of It's New 2 U, 614 E. Main St., where her husband Ric Westfall cleans and repairs inventory before sending it out to the front show room. "If I wouldn't put it in my home, I'm not going to put it on the floor."
She said it's important for everyone to have the chance to buy something new for their home, regardless of their financial situation.
"Whether it's used or not, it's still 'new to you,'" she said. "It takes a little bit more time, but it's worth it because it gives us a sense of helping. ... I don't want people to think they have to go home and clean it."
A lot of families are looking for deals on furniture these days, so Tammy said her customers' tastes cover a wide range of styles. She said she tries to bring a variety of items to the floor to accommodate their needs.
"We want to be a family store --Â something everyone can afford, not just a chosen few," Tammy said. "This is for everybody."
There are stuffed animals available for children to play with, and Tammy said she plans to design a "man cave" portion of the store so each member of a shopping group has something to look at.
"He can go look, and she can go look," Tammy laughed. "And if a stuffed toy can make a child happy, it's a small thing."
The Westfalls had a play room in their old store in Casper as well. They worked there with their son until deciding to move to Riverton, where they opened their store with Tammy's mom, Toni Haddock.
"We just found ourselves spending more and more time here, so we decided, 'Why not?'" Tammy said. "We love the people here, and the atmosphere. We love everything about this area."
She said the community has been accepting of the new store, which opened about 10 days earlier than anticipated. It's New 2 U has been open since the middle of October.
"We were just getting ahead of ourselves with getting stuff cleaned and out," Tammy said. "We had people stopping in."
She invited people to call 259-4537 or 262-5231 to schedule a time to drop off any used furniture for sale. The Westfalls also can pick up items if necessary. For now, Tammy said, they don't take used matteresses or appliances for the most part.
"If there's a coffee maker or microwave we'll test it before we put it on the floor," she said.
Tammy also keeps a "wish list" for customers who may be looking for special items. Currently, her list includes a vanity with a mirror, a headboard for a king-sized bed, an oak coat rack, a chrome truck tool box and a wooden food pantry. If she comes across any of those objects, Tammy said she will call the interested client to let them know it is available.
It's New 2 U is open 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays.