Like lots of people, Troy Bennett and Krista Hanny of Rochester used the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic decluttering their house.
The couple started discarding some of their several unneeded and unsustainable things, which eventually led to opening a resale shop featuring luxurious extras in Rochester’s South Wedge in August.
The 650-sq.-foot keep, FOMO at 650 South Ave., is stuffed with pre-owned designer things this kind of as purses, hats, scarves, wallets and sunglasses. The retail outlet is loaded with products and solutions from Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Prada and Burberry. Just about every merchandise comes with a certification of authenticity soon after it is confirmed by a 3rd get together.
Prices are aggressive and differ. For instance, you may wonderful a $40 necktie together with a $1,400 handbag. The keep, like the pair’s North Winton Village home, is furnished with classic and upcycled merchandise.
Whilst purging so many unneeded merchandise in the previous 12 months, Hanny reflected that “it was a gross and aggravating sensation.”
“So much time, funds, and electricity was wasted on throwaway products, not to mention the environmental impression,” she explained. “We explained in no way yet again to fast fashion and we vowed to are living by the outdated declaring ‘quality in excess of quantity’ and considering the fact that then everyday living has in no way been superior. Now we only purchase substantial top quality goods, so we very own significantly a lot less but we feel significantly richer.”
The few, glassblowers by trade, experienced started off reselling high-quality, vintage furniture just just before the pandemic started. For a long time, they sold their glass wares at artwork reveals and festivals, such as the well known Park Avenue, Corn Hill and Clothesline festivals in Rochester.
The pair, originally from Jamestown, has known one particular a different for a long time. They moved to Rochester 14 years back after falling in enjoy with the Flower Town when on the festival circuit.
Though on vacation before this yr, the pair had what Bennett described as “an a-ha minute.” Together, they came across a shop with a related principle and the plan to market sustainable designer components for very affordable price ranges was born, Bennett mentioned.
Most of the things in FOMO come from the New York Metropolis place, many of which are obtained through estate income, Bennett claimed. Bennett and Hanny will purchase locally at times, “but we are picky and aggressive with costs,” he claimed.
Each individual month, the duo donates 5% of retail store profits to a area charity.
The retail store is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays, and from midday to 5 p.m. on Saturdays. You can also store privately, by appointment.