Kokomo — Kris Campbell and Sean Quartermus’ store has combined old belongings with a modern concept.
The shop owned by this husband-wife duo of entrepreneurs has blended their original eBay consignment enterprise with antique and second-hand retail in a store front.
Business began several years ago as an at-home side project to make a little extra money. It expanded enough for them to move to a Hoffer Street shop. They moved again in October to Washington Street on the west side of downtown Kokomo.
Campbell and Quartermus’ business, Timeless Pieces and Treasures eBay Consignment Shop, helps customers sell belongings on the Internet auction website. The business’ intention is to make more money than customers would have made on their own. The shop’s owners, in return, take a commission.
Their place on Washington Street was a good home, Campbell and Quartermus said, but it quickly became small.
They re-opened Friday near the former Kroger on U.S 31.
There, the eBay shop has more room for storage, and the extra space has allowed the couple to begin a store-front retail shop, which was a long-time goal.
“We’re trying to create a total selling solution,” Quartermus said.
The couple has also added fundraising to their menu of services.
It is all part of a new mantra: “You can spend a dollar, make a dollar, donate a dollar.”
Campbell and Quartermus didn’t desert their shop on Washington Street.
Kokomo hair stylist Phillip Johnson has opened a salon in its place.
Bigger than eBay
On Washington Street, boxes and crates filled with up-for-auction items lined the tight space of Quartermus and Campbell’s store.
Their new location has two sides: a walk-through retail front and a “staff only” eBay consignment back area.
Items from vendors, many of whom are long-time merchants at antique stores, and other Kokomo retailers are organized into pods around the new eBay store.