Rebuilding America: Consignment store opens despite coronavirus-timing
Now open, One More Time Furniture and Finds at 1115 West Highway 54 is a new business launched by Lisa Clifton, former owner-manager of Fabulous Finds consignment store in downtown Pratt. Clifton closed Fabulous Finds in December 2018 when business partner Misty Mason relocated to North Dakota, but her family encouraged her to reopen another similar shop and promised to help. They didn’t count on a major coronavirus interruption.
Opening date for One More Time Furniture and Finds was in mid-March, just before Gov. Laura Kelly issued COVID-19 restrictions.
“We were open one whole week before the shelter-in-place order came for businesses to shut down,” Clifton said. “But we survived and re-opened on May 7. Business is picking back up now.”
Shoppers at the location that was formerly a craft shop, will find a wide variety of household goods, including appliances and furniture, along with items that Clifton sees as being ideal for repurposing, as they browse the 1,200 square feet of retail space. The store does not sell clothes and takes furniture only on consignment.
The displays, which include lamps and books, create a homey atmosphere for shoppers.
In bins, spools of ribbons and other supplies await crafters to work their magic.
Shoppers looking for cookware or kitchen gadgets won’t be disappointed by the selections, ranging from dishes to cookware to utensils.
Clifton said one of the motivations for opening the store was that she needed garage space to park her vehicle.
“It was full of stuff,” Clifton said, “That was our opening inventory.”
Clifton’s life partner auctioneer David Snider is also a partner in the new venture and helps in finding inventory for the store, which includes from auctions and estate sales.
“Sometimes we buy a whole household out, if sellers don’t want to go the estate sale or auction route,” Clifton said. “It gives us a chance to get out and buy stuff and spend time together,: Clifton said.
Clifton is also assisted in the business by niece Andrea Clifton who uses her artistic talents to create wood wall hangings with uplifting slogans, such as “Faith, Hope, Peace.”
Clifton’s 13-going-on-14-year-old son Westyn, who will enter his freshman year at Skyline USD 438 this fall, helps tend the store when school is not is session.
When the idea for the store came up for family discussion, Clifton, who is employed full-time as an emergency medical technician, said family members were on board to launch a new business “One More Time.”
“And that’s how the store got half of its name,” Clifton said. “The other half is because we specialize in offering lots of ‘finds’ for shoppers.”
One More Time Furniture and Finds maintains an online presence through its Facebook site which includes photos of inventory and also a link to send messages.
Store hours are 10 a.m.to 6 p.m. on Thursday and Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. Phone contact is 620-388-9261.