Like quite a few people today, Troy Bennett and Krista Hanny of Rochester expended the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic decluttering their house.
The couple started discarding some of their lots of unneeded and unsustainable products, which in the long run led to opening a resale shop that includes luxury add-ons in Rochester’s South Wedge in August.
The 650-square-foot retail store, FOMO at 650 South Ave., is loaded with pre-owned designer products these types of as purses, hats, scarves, wallets and sunglasses. The retail outlet is loaded with solutions from Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Prada and Burberry. Each individual merchandise arrives with a certificate of authenticity soon after it is verified by a third party.
Rates are competitive and vary. For case in point, you can fantastic a $40 necktie along with a $1,400 purse. The keep, like the pair’s North Winton Village household, is furnished with classic and upcycled items.
Though purging so many unneeded things in the past year, Hanny mirrored that “it was a gross and discouraging emotion.”
“So a great deal time, money, and electricity was wasted on throwaway items, not to mention the environmental influence,” she reported. “We mentioned under no circumstances yet again to fast fashion and we vowed to stay by the outdated indicating ‘quality above quantity’ and because then daily life has by no means been much better. Now we only get high excellent products, so we own substantially less but we come to feel a great deal richer.”
The pair, glassblowers by trade, had started reselling excellent, vintage furniture just in advance of the pandemic started. For a long time, they sold their glass wares at art shows and festivals, together with the popular Park Avenue, Corn Hill and Clothesline festivals in Rochester.
The pair, at first from Jamestown, has identified a person an additional for many years. They moved to Rochester 14 years ago immediately after slipping in enjoy with the Flower Metropolis when on the competition circuit.
When on trip earlier this year, the pair had what Bennett explained as “an a-ha instant.” Together, they arrived across a store with a equivalent idea and the idea to sell sustainable designer equipment for inexpensive selling prices was born, Bennett said.
Most of the products in FOMO come from the New York Metropolis region, many of which are bought through estate revenue, Bennett claimed. Bennett and Hanny will purchase locally at moments, “but we are picky and competitive with selling prices,” he claimed.
Each individual month, the duo donates 5% of retail outlet profits to a regional charity.
The retail outlet is open up from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays, and from midday to 5 p.m. on Saturdays. You can also shop privately, by appointment.