Herald JournalHerald Journal, March 31, 2003

Country Treasures offers smorgasbord of merchandise

By Julie Yurek

Country Treasures, "the shop that guys will love," offers a variety of new and used merchandise, said owner Tom Schmidt.

The business, formerly known as Treasure Hunt on Highway 7, opens Friday, April 11 at 10 a.m.

"We had a flood of consignment items, so we had to change our opening date. It was going to be April 3," he said.

"Guys can get a gift for their wives or girlfriends here, instead of driving to Hutch or the cities," he said.

Customers will be able to choose from an assortment of items, ranging from movies and DVDs to tools.

"We are similar to Treasure Hunt, but we have larger consignors," Schmidt said.

"We will have gift items, liquidation items, used items, and antiques," he said.

"One consignor brought in about 4,000 VHS movies and a couple thousand DVDs," he said.

Schmidt is expecting more than 500 used Disney DVDs to arrive at the end of April or early May, he said.

Another brought in 1,500 CDs, he added.

Liquidation items include office furniture, $20,000 worth of golfing equipment from a golf shop, carpet remnants, and wildlife prints, Schmidt said.

Truckloads of tools will be arriving in April, he mentioned.

Other merchandise will include high end music boxes, Precious Moments figurines, and greeting cards, he said.

The coin collection area is also expanding. Coins from the 1700s and 1800s will be added, he said.

"We have lots of new, different, and unique items," Schmidt said.

Country Treasures will still take consignments from customers, he said.

"We are looking for nice working items, unique items, new and used," he said. "No junk."

The hours for the business will be Friday through Monday at first, Schmidt said. He would like to get it to a seven-day week, he said.

He plans on having about five employees who will rotate, he said.

One employee, Mitch Flatgard, "came with the building," Schmidt said. "I should have read the small print," he said jokingly.

Flatgard worked at Treasure Hunt for three years, he said. Flatgard is Country Treasures' inventory and curator specialist, Schmidt said.

He's been helping organize the store, he said.

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