DALLAS —Used furniture often has a story to tell or at least give a glimpse of life from days gone by, according to Lisa Sutliff, owner of the Back Mountain’s newest business, Second Tyme Around.
Lisa and her husband Dana, of Shickshinny, opened an antique furniture store at 2613 Route 415, next to Wayne’s World Music in late June.
The business name reflects the couple’s desire to give used furniture a second life as well as an acknowledgment to Dana Sutliff Sr. who owned and operated Sutliff Furniture out of the same building for 25 years.
“My motto is: I want to find new homes for used furniture,” Lisa said Monday. “I don’t want to be a museum; I want to sell, which makes me not the typical antique shop.”
Lisa keeps her prices low, so her inventory is constantly changing.
However, patrons can learn a thing or two about the past when Lisa or Dana guide them through their showroom, sharing stories around different pieces.
“I love to hear the stories behind pieces,” Lisa said, she said, pointing to a foot warmer which appears to be a bottle-shaped crock laying on its side with a cork in the middle.
“This is a foot warmer. It was filled with hot water and used to keep your feet warm in a horse and buggy,” Sutliff said.
Another item, a turn-of-the-century wooden butter churn, inspired thoughts of women and children cranking the handle to make butter.
The shop is filled with a wide selection of items such as toys, tools, dishware, dressers, tables, chairs, sofas and much more.
Second Tyme Around also features a “Do-It-Yourself” room where patrons can purchase items such as old doors, windows and furniture Dana has not refinished yet.
“I had one customer buy several old windows for an upcoming wedding,” she said. “People love this kind of stuff.”
Lisa developed an interest in antiques after following television shows such as “American Pickers,” “Antique Rodeo” and HGTV’s “Fixer Upper” with Chip and Joanna Gaines.
“I am old school,” she said. “I like the craftsmanship; people took pride in their pieces.”
She combined her instincts with a business model similar to that used by Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz in “American Pickers” to forge the start of her business.
She began small, hunting down inventory at flea markets and estate sales.
Then she became a regular vendor at several marketplaces throughout the region.
“I had five booths in Berwick, one in Benton and one in Bloomsburg,” she said.
She began to build a customer base and her knowledge of antiques.
“People will bring pieces to me,” she said, noting she does not sell items on consignment.
“I offer a fair price so I can sell it low,” she said.
When the storefront off Route 415 became available, the Sutliffs jumped on the opportunity to move into the space.
“My dad built this in the late 1960s,” Dana said. “He had Sutliff Furniture here until he sold it to Kurlancheek’s Furniture in the 1980s.”
“We saw the building was available we knew it was meant to be,” Lisa said. “We are overwhelmed by the community support.”
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