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Shop Local “Fresh food, great prices and friendly helpful people.” Watch our community grow and thrive! “Excellent food, and friendly service. very family oriented which I LOVE.” Small businesses pay sales taxes to the city and county the business is in. This benefits public schools, parks, roads and sidewalks. This also funds public service workers like firefighters. LOcAL ShOppERS’ FAvORiTE DESTiNATiONS: 75% FOR LOTS OF 56% 34% visit clothing stores “Honestly, the best customer service and the most adorable clothing ever!!!!” -Actual reviews from our local businesses. frequent food/ beverage stores eat at restaurants REASONS: like 66% oftheshoppers convenience to support 63% want local businesses one-of-a-kind 54% like products prefer the 53% customer service 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, www.whatusedtobe.net. We Bring The Store To You We Also Do Quality Repairs BLINDS SHADES SHUTTERS Huge Selection - All Brought to You! See these and more selection at www.lafayetteinteriorfashions.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 Mon-Sat 10:00-1:00 217-235-2161 920 Lafayette Ave. Mattoon, IL Find Us on Facebook! Look for our Shop LocaL pageS every in Tuesday the JG-TC with special offers and promotions from YOUR local businesses!