Next-to-New hopes to fill niche in McLouth
by Dennis Sharkey
McLouth residents looking for a place to rest their feet may find the answer downtown.
A new used furniture shop has opened. The owners say they are occupying space that was bare on the town’s main street and providing a place for people to find affordable furniture in a down economy.
“We figured (Union) Street needed something,” Gina Burbank, co-owner of G & G Next-to-New Furniture. “If we wanted to do it now would be the time.”
Gina along with her husband of 18 years, Gerald, opened the store last week. Gerald still works as a mechanic while Gina maintains the shop most hours. Gerald can be found in the back tightening a loose screw or dusting off the latest addition to the inventory when he’s not at work.
It’s the first time the couple has owned a business.
“It’s keeping us hopping,” she said.
Gina says that she attends auctions, estate sales or just searches on the computer for deals on furniture.
“We don’t sell any junk here,” she said.
Sometimes Gina finds furniture from people who are moving and don’t want to move the furniture.
“If it’s a good deal and in good condition, we’re interested,” Gina said.
The work associated with the business is something Gina enjoys…except for the occasional heavy lifting.
“A lot of this stuff I would keep if I had the room,” Gina said while laughing.
The store has been open only a few days but several people have already stopped by to see what’s going on. One driver almost came to a stop in the street as he read the sign in front of the building.
“A lot of people have come in and it’s not what they thought,” Gina said. “It’s been a lot of positive reactions so far.”
The store is open from noon to 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sundays.
The Burbanks live only three blocks from the store. Gina said if someone calls on an off day she may be able to run down to the store for a customer.
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