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Because of the nature of the business, stores like Design Consign, Yesterdays and Not 2 Shabby see frequent turn over in merchandise. “Every time you come into the store you will see something new,” Foy said. What also has helped is the change in clientele for many of these types of shops. “If our businesses are to survive we have to be current with what people want,” Mortiz said. “And while we do sell some of the traditional antique pieces like copper pots, tea kettles and fine china, it’s not our main focus.” Mortiz said many of his customers coming into the shop are between 20 and 40-years-old, a huge shift in the past few years. “It helps keep us relevant,” he said. “We understand the trends, what people want and what they are looking for.” But the best part of the running the business, according to these store owners, is helping their clients find that special something no one else has. the right furniture to pick and fix up, oftentimes storing the excess at home. Schmidt said her focus is on painting a variety of furniture pieces including dressers, tables and chairs. Not 2 Shabby also works with about 35 different consigners who sell handmade mittens, rugs, soaps, blankets, cutting boards and barn wood items. “It’s a cool place to find something other people don’t have,” Mortiz said. “People have a lot of fun coming in and seeing the products. They are looking for that ‘wow factor.’ And it’s fun and exciting for us (when they find it).” ABOUT THE BUSINESSES DESIGN CONSIGN Owner: Steve Foy 201 S Sixth St., Brainerd, MN 56401 218-824-0712 Hrs: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tu.-Fr., 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sa. Website: YESTERDAYS Manager: Ron Mortiz 517 Broadway St., Alexandria, MN 56308 320-762-8990 Hrs: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Mo.-Fr., 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Sa., noon- 4 p.m. Su. Yesterdays is on Facebook. NOT 2 SHABBY Owner: Tiffany and Chris Schmidt. 109 Sixth Ave. W, Alexandria, MN 56308 320-759-1443 Hrs: Noon to 5 p.m. We. - Fr., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sa. Facebook. “Everybody finds something here,” she said. Over the years, both the Brainerd Lakes and Alexandria areas have become destination stops for many on the lookout for unique furniture pieces. “We’ve had people drive hours, sometimes from out-of-state to buy something,” Schmidt said. “People have traveled from as far away as Iowa, North Dakota and South Dakota.” Mortiz said Yesterdays gets regular phone calls from potential clients asking about sizes and measurements for certain pieces seen on social media before they make the trek north. “We also do have a lot of sports tournaments in Alexandria, not to mention the resorts,” he said. “So, we also get people who are just passing through who have become regulars every time they are in town.” ~SAUK CENTRE, MN~ Just a short drive from the Twin Cities on beautiful Sauk Lake. Great fishing/recreational lake. 8 cabins that sleep from 2-8 people, pet friendly, pets stay at no cost, pontoon rentals, full bar/restaurant. John and Lisa Dockstader, Owners 320.352.5112 We rent celebrations of a lifetime 218.828.2127 Sales & Rentals At Design Consign, Foy said many people make the journey from the Twin Cities area. Some come from as far away as Chicago. “We’re pretty lucky here in the (Brainerd) lakes area,” Foy said. “It’s not uncommon for people to travel to us. We deal with a large area and a large customer base.” 15867 Edgewood Drive, Baxter, MN 56425 5 Toll Free 877-328-2127 11