One man’s junk can now be another man’s treasure at newly opened One Man’s Junk, 412 W. Eighth St. N. Owner Edie Simmons has been in the antique business for a long time and after her run at Maytag ended she decided to open her own place.
“I sold antiques and went around to all of the antique places like in Marshalltown and Grinnell. Then when Maytag closed I thought what can I do and I have a friend of mine that got me back into the business,” Simmons said.
One Man’s Junk has just about anything you could want or are looking for. Dishes, jewelry, toys and much more fill the shelves and furniture overflows outside. About 80 percent of the items are antiques but she also sells collectables, candy, baked goods and Avon. Simmons also has an area for consignors to come in and rent a space to showcase their own merchandise. The size and price depend of what the consignor has to sell.
Along with selling antiques, One Man’s Junk is also interested in buying antiques. She does not buy everyday, but you can check buy calling to see which days are available.
Simmons likes to keep fresh product in the store and doesn’t like items to stay longer than three months.
“I try to change my stuff all of the time and if I buy stuff I bring it in, too,” Simmons said. She is also working on having an auction every six months to clear out the inventory and start new.
Even though she just opened on July 12, Simmons is looking to the future.
“I would love to expand and to have more consignors, but I would probably need more space,” Simmons said. She is also working to showcase more Harley Davidson items in store.