Business

Out of the Attic and onto Bay St.

With a building sitting smack in the middle of downtown Port Orchard, there was only one thing left for Robin King to do.

“I bought the building with no intentions of doing a store,” King said of the vacant site at 713 Bay Street. “When I started fixing it up and making it look better, I could see that this could be something that could be useful to the community.”

So Out of the Attic became a part of the downtown scene three months ago, giving Port Orchard a rather large consignment store.

“I’ve often wished there was someplace I could take a couple of items or whatnot to sell without having to pay rent,” King said. “So that’s what I did.”

Owning and running a business is nothing new to King. Her husband has run his own business for years and she ran a daycare herself for four years.

King’s consignment store thrives on the basic concept of selling products from other people without charging them rent to store or show off the product. King takes on just about anything and will display it for three months.

“I haven’t had any (crafters) just yet,” King said. “Mostly people just bring in stuff they don’t want anymore, instead of having a garage sale or just giving it away.

“People bring in a lot of house furniture and knick-knack type of things,” King said. “I have a little of everything in here and really just a little of everything sells, so there’s no particular thing that sells better than any other.”

If the item is sold, King takes a 35 percent cut of the price of the item. If something does not move in three months, King returns it to the owner.

And so far business has been pretty good.

“I don’t have anything to compare it to and I know this is probably a slow time of year,” King said. “I’m really excited for summer to get here and see how it goes, but I’ve been doing OK.

“I’m not looking for any immediate gratification in this,” King said. “I know there are going to be some improvements made (downtown) and I go to those meetings and try to get involved as much as I can. And I think, by next year, Bay Street is going to be back on the right track and getting more business down here.”

The store, located next to J.A. Michaels restaurant, has one large showing room in front with two smaller rooms in back and a decent-sized library stocked with hundreds of books.

And if things go well, King said she has the room to expand, considering she owns the space behind and above her, as well.

The store stocks everything from books to children’s toys, glassware, all kinds of furniture, video games, movies, DVDs, wall hangings and an array of knick-knacks and antiques. And King says she welcomes any kind of product to sell in the store.

“I started out with a lot of my own stuff, just to get it full,” King said. “But as customers came in and bought stuff, they also started bringing their own things in.

“I really wanted to gear toward furniture at first but there are so many other great things that are available to people,” King said. “It just started snowballing into everything. I’m not limited to anything right now and I really personally like antiques, so I think I’m going to try to get more antiques in here, too.”

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