CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) – All unsold items from Walmart, Target, Amazon and other big box stores have to go somewhere.
These items go to a place like Discount World, a local overstock company that recently opened at 3151 Nationway.
Owners Tim and Barb Giersch ran a thrift store in Rawlins for many years. For a time, Tim was the manager of a Papa John’s store, but the opening of Discount World came as a “vision from God”, said Barb Giersch.
“I feel like God led Tim with a great spirit,” Barb Girsch said. “We were going to make ice cream. We were going to make tea, but it’s a lot of work, food. He did his duty.”
“He just looked around, he found pallets and he found liquidators from Las Vegas, liquidators from Nebraska.”
A common overstock business pattern is seen in something like Ross Dress for Less. A company receives damaged or unsold items from clothing companies at a lower price and then resells them at a discount while still managing to make a profit, the Wyoming Tribune Eagle reported.
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That’s exactly what the Giersches do with Discount World, except they look for anything that isn’t clothing or furniture.
“When sellers have too much or one seller goes bankrupt, they liquidate all of their product,” Tim Giersch said. “So we get these gigantic pallets that hold about 1,000 items. It covers all kinds of things.
There are still books, puzzles and phone cases from the Amazon warehouse. Surprisingly, some of their best-selling items are decorative tapestries, which they recently struck a two-for-one deal for.
Small items such as pop-its and portable video game systems, preloaded with hundreds of retro games, are also popular.
They source from everywhere. It’s up to their discretion to gauge what will and won’t sell, but nothing is off limits. When they get the item, they give customers a good deal.
“We thought it was a good addition to Cheyenne because there really wasn’t anything like it,” said Tim Giersch. “It was a great way to offer the same product for less. We try to sell between 30% and 70% off, depending on the item. »
Ironically, they also make money selling their warehouse-sized collection of used books online on Amazon.co.uk. They also sell on Facebook Marketplace and other seller apps.
However, Barb’s favorite thing about their store comes from selling in person and being able to meet members of the community when they come to visit.
Barb has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, so the job can be tough for her. At one point, she tried to work for Door Dash, a food delivery company, but the interactions she had with customers were momentary and impersonal, often leaving her frustrated.
But the staffing of the register at Discount World allows her to share her bubbly personality on a day-to-day basis.
“I’ve been through a lot, and so when people come in, you never know who you’re going to meet, you never know who you want to talk to,” Barb Giersch said. “So there are days when I’m just disappointed, and God will give me people to cheer me up.”
They want to find ways to provide for the needs of the community. In the future, it will look like a bigger selection of low-cost tools. There’s also the option of expanding into vacant space in the neighboring building, or introducing “trash days,” where random items are grouped together in bins, dropping in price to as little as a dollar.
Although they have been open since mid-November, they will host their grand opening on January 27.
“It’s just something more to get the word out that we’re here,” said Tim Giersch. “Just having a day where we can really get some customers excited about things.”
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