Like numerous men and women, Troy Bennett and Krista Hanny of Rochester spent the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic decluttering their residence.
The couple started discarding some of their several unneeded and unsustainable goods, which eventually led to opening a resale store showcasing luxury equipment in Rochester’s South Wedge in August.
The 650-sq.-foot retail store, FOMO at 650 South Ave., is filled with pre-owned designer objects these as handbags, hats, scarves, wallets and sun shades. The shop is filled with products and solutions from Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Prada and Burberry. Every single merchandise will come with a certificate of authenticity following it is confirmed by a third social gathering.
Costs are competitive and differ. For illustration, you can expect to high-quality a $40 necktie along with a $1,400 purse. The retail store, like the pair’s North Winton Village home, is furnished with classic and upcycled products.
Whilst purging so lots of unneeded items in the very last calendar year, Hanny reflected that “it was a gross and discouraging experience.”
“So a lot time, income, and electrical power was wasted on throwaway things, not to mention the environmental impact,” she stated. “We claimed under no circumstances yet again to fast fashion and we vowed to live by the aged expressing ‘quality around quantity’ and given that then existence has in no way been much better. Now we only acquire higher excellent items, so we very own much fewer but we truly feel much richer.”
The few, glassblowers by trade, had began reselling high quality, vintage furniture just just before the pandemic commenced. For many years, they sold their glass wares at artwork demonstrates and festivals, which includes the well known Park Avenue, Corn Hill and Clothesline festivals in Rochester.
The pair, at first from Jamestown, has identified a person another for many years. They moved to Rochester 14 years back after falling in love with the Flower Metropolis although on the competition circuit.
Whilst on vacation before this 12 months, the pair experienced what Bennett explained as “an a-ha second.” Together, they arrived across a shop with a similar principle and the strategy to sell sustainable designer components for very affordable prices was born, Bennett reported.
Most of the objects in FOMO come from the New York City spot, many of which are bought through estate profits, Bennett explained. Bennett and Hanny will purchase locally at times, “but we’re picky and aggressive with prices,” he claimed.
Every thirty day period, the duo donates 5% of retail store profits to a area charity.
The retail outlet is open up from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays, and from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturdays. You can also shop privately, by appointment.