The Shack helps families keep costs low

Dec. 08, 2012 @ 02:54 PM

The Shack, opened in Monroe in June, offers affordable items to local people.

Owned by Mark and Julie Fox, you'll find a little bit of everything in The Shack.

From furniture to household items to toys and DVDs are bought and sold at the business.

"I've been in antiques and collectibles about 17 years," Mark Fox said.

For a while, both he and his mother worked with antiques and collectibles while his dad worked with them part time.  After his mother died, he left the business for a while and recently chose to get back into it with The Shack, he said.

The store sits at 901 N. Charlotte Avenue in Monroe. Often he and other members of his family can be found completing various tasks at the business and working to help customers. They sell only good quality items in the store and make sure to clean everything before offering it to the public. While some of their items come from yard and estate sales other items have been sold to them by customers who have either stopped by or contacted them about it. They do not do any consignments and work to keep their prices low to help make them affordable to many in the local community. In some cases, they also offer payment plans to help customers interested in purchasing certain items, he said.

The store is divided into various sections and even has a room for baby items customers can purchase as well as for toys. Items in the store vary in age and range from antiques to more modern items. Last week, the store had a few items that dated back to the early 1900s.

"We have a little bit of everything," J.C. Fox, Mark Fox's father, who often helps at the store and has been in the furniture business about 52 years, said.

With the items they offer, they want to be able to sell them to the general public. So far business has been going well though the hardest part of the business has been working to keep up the store's inventory. Not long ago, the inside of the store was pretty bare after a number of people purchased items. Luckily an estate sale came up and they were able to bring more items into the store, Mark Fox said.

"What most people say when they leave here is man your prices are really good," he said.

They have some items for sale that cost only $1 and have bedroom sets in the $500 range, dining room sets from around $125 to $375 and sofas for around $100 and up. Prices vary throughout the store depending on the item, he said.

Customers also often say to them they will be back and that they will tell their friends about the store. They also often comment about the cleanliness of the store and the items inside, J.C. Fox said.

For Mark and J.C. Fox, what they enjoy the most about the business is meeting customers.

They have had many repeat customers and they are happy to help them find what they're looking for, J.C. Fox said.

"We're people, people," he said

Attending auctions, yard sales and estate sales and even purchasing items from customers has helped them to maintain a good amount of items at the business, he said.

"I'm glad the community has supported us as well as they have," Mark Fox said.

He describes his customers as the ground roots of his business, which he and others at the store do their best to assist, he said.

According to The Shack's Facebook page, the store is open Monday through Tuesday from 9 a.m.- 6 p.m., Thursday through Friday from 9 a.m.- 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.

For more information about the business call 704-635-8085 or 980-328-3464 or send an e-mail to theshackmonroenc@hotmail.com.

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