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pay for them,” she said.
A couple of unique items that sell well for Chapman
are rotary hoes and discs from old farm implements. She
has a steady supply and a few repeat customers who
repurpose them into wall art or resell them in other areas.
If a customer is looking for a particular piece, she is
happy to take down their information and look for it at
auctions. She also accepts items on consignment by
appointment with no set time frame in regard to how
long she’ll keep it in her shop. If something hasn’t sold in
over a year, she calls the consigner to see if they’d like to
have it back, she said.
While Chapman enjoys interacting with customers and
consigners locally in her shop, she continues to sell online
through social media and websites such as eBay. She
frequently ships items throughout the U.S. and sometimes
internationally.
“Some things sell better on eBay than what they do here
in the shop,” she said.
In addition to selling her auction finds, Chapman is also
an independent gold buyer and a Young Living Essential Oils
distributor. Although the gold buying business has slowed
in the past few years, essential oils have remained popular.
By Sarah Miller For the JG-TC
MATTOON – Mindy Chapman’s entrepreneurial journey
started simply with the desire to clean out her cabinets
and drawers in her own home.
“It all started with me purging my own stuff,” Chapman
said.
Knowing that many of her items were in good shape
and still usable, she started selling them in local garage
sale groups on Facebook. Once she had sold all of her
own items, she began attending local auctions in search
of unique pieces that caught her eye.
She soon realized that with plenty of inventory and an
unused space in her home, it was time to set up her own
shop. So on Aug. 1, 2014, Chapman opened What Used
To Be at 920 Lafayette Ave. in Mattoon.
Today Chapman’s shop is brimming with a unique
selection of home décor and furniture.
“I try to get things that you’re not going to find other
places and things that people can use,” Chapman said.
“Anything that’s different or unique, that’s what I gravitate
toward.”

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