ONE man’s trash is another man’s treasure.
A new second-hand shop has opened in Horsham, in the former Pizzoni and Furnishing building on 36 Hamilton Road.
Owner Steve Pizzoni and manager Karolyn Sampson have worked to create a treasure-filled building full of various items – ranging from pocket watches, couches to china and clothing.
Mr Pizzoni said the idea stemmed from initially buying and selling second-hand items from time to time.
“I was approached by Karolyn and a few others who have done this in the past and I decided to do it on a bigger scale,” he said.
“Plenty of people have stuff to get rid of but don’t know how to do it, so we provide somewhere to do just that.”
Ms Sampson owned Eternal Treasures. It was last located at the top end of Firebrace Street.
The process of selling goods works differently to most second-hand stores with people putting items in store as commission or will pay a site fee.
Sites can range from two metres by two metres, to six metres by six metres.
“Each item will have a barcode, individual to every person, and they will either pay a commission or site fee,” Mr Pizzoni said.
“With the commission, they may pay 30 per cent of the items price in store per sale. A site cost can be up to $170 per month and people will get almost full proceeds out of their sales.”
The store has its grand opening on Friday night.
There is no cost to the event and no bookings are needed.
“We invited a few people but we made it known to the public as well, so it is a little unknown as to how many are actually going to come,” Mr Pizzoni said.
Four students from the Horsham College production, Happy Days, will perform for guests.
Mr Pizzoni also owns Pizzoni Wimmera Removals and Central Storage where he travels as far as Sydney to do removals.
Ms Sampson said the store has also opened doors for up-and-coming businesses to set up a site to promote their products.
“We have a really diverse range of merchandise, from old to new. Steve gets a lot of the newer stuff in, bringing it from different places,” she said.
“We have a local textiles person who has joined and she designs baby clothes. She couldn’t afford the overheads of a business as a whole.”
Ms Sampson said staff members also treasure hunt for customers.
The opening night is from 6pm to 8pm.