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What Used To Be offers ‘unique’ shopping experience
in the past few years, essential oils have
remained popular. She has a selection of
essential oils, lotions and literature on display
in her shop and has plans to hold classes so
others can learn about essential oils and what
to use them for.

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.

What Used To Be is open from 10 a.m. to
1 p.m. Monday through Saturday and by
appointment. For more information,
call 217-235-2161, visit the shop’s page on
Facebook or website,

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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.”
From antique end tables and trunks to vintage
breadboxes and retro lamps, there’s something
for everyone in her shop.

(217) 276-3190

Dressers, tables, shelves and other types of
furniture are a favorite of college students
and young couples looking for usable items,
she said.
“I try to price my things for what I would be
willing to 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

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Mattoon, IL
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