SALEM - It's in season so Halloween merchandise is 50 percent off at the just-opened 2nd Chance Bargains store at 751 Benton Road, just on the north side of the bypass.
It's a family business owned by Shawn Rishel of Salem and is in the fast-growing salvage merchandise market. Which translates to any items you can call "scratch and dent," according to Rishel.
The merchandise is new except for a small percentage of the wholesale loads can contain returned items. The store specializes in seasonal items and purchases unsold merchandise from major retail mass-marketers.
Heather Evans of Sebring, an employee of the 2nd Chance Bargains store at 751 Benton Road in Salem, checks a Halloween costume along with other Halloween merchandise. The family-operated store opened on Monday and sells salvage or what is known as “scratch and dent” merchandise. (Salem News photo by Larry Shields)
Rishel explained the 2nd Chance Bargains buy "from reputable wholesalers."
He added, "We carry a lot of close-out items including clothing, electronics ... just about anything."
For example, one shelf held bags of Halloween "Super Stretch Spider Webs" that retailed at other stores at two for $5. The 2nd Chance Bargains' price is two for $1.
Showroom prices range from 29 cents to $30 and more. Rishel anticipates the store will eventually sell grocery items.
The store also features bi-weekly auctions in a large hall behind the showroom.
The "Southern style" auctions are like the ones held at the Alliance VFW. Rishel said they ran those auctions for the past five years.
"We're probably the first to pair the salvage store with the auctions," he said, explaining that wholesalers bring in merchandise and it's awarded to the highest bidders. "The wholesalers who show up sell anything," said Rishel, a Salem High School graduate.
The new merchandise auctions feature toys for all ages, gift items, electronics and more. The auctions are held on Fridays and Saturdays beginning at 6 p.m. and there will be a Thanksgiving Day sale beginning at 6 p.m.
The auctions are held by Curtis Smith, a licensed and bonded auctioneer.
Upcoming auctions are this Saturday; then on Oct. 6, 19; Nov. 3, 17, 23 and 30; Dec. 7 and 14; and Christmas Eve at 3 p.m.
The store employs five full- and part-time people.
Store hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day except Sunday and all major credit cards are accepted. The store will be accepting Toys for Tots donations for local children on all auction nights. For more information, call 330-234-7007.
Larry Shields can be reached at email@example.com