MARSHALL - It can be tough starting out in your first home or apartment, even without having to find a couch or a new kitchen table. But the owners of College Warehouse hope they can help make furnishing a new place more affordable.
"This is a way to assist people who take that extra step and go to college, who are pretty much starting out on their own," said Junior Atie, manager of College Warehouse in Marshall.
College Warehouse, which opened on West College Drive in April, sells high quality used furniture and home electronics at "college prices," Atie said. Besides college students, the business also welcomes members of the community.
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Junior Atie, manager of College Warehouse, works behind the front sales counter.
The idea behind College Warehouse came from a group of college students from different states working together, Atie said. The business' founders were planning for about two years before a store building was even purchased. The group then took about eight months to renovate the store on West College and build up an inventory.
Atie said College Warehouse does take consignments for items like furniture, televisions or other household goods. However, he stressed that the items must be of good quality.
"We usually say five years old or newer," he said. It's a good option for furniture or appliances that are being replaced, but are still in too good of a condition to throw away.
College Warehouse also offers services to help with in-town furniture delivery and moving, as well as recycling.
"(The moving service) is not for homeowners," Atie said - that task is more suitable for a moving company.
"But for college kids who have to have their parents drive three hours to help them move, we can take on that burden," he said.
Atie said College Warehouse's pickup service will help properly dispose of or recycle furniture and household items. He said the business takes the cost of hauling items to the Lyon County landfill for disposal, and factors that into their price for pickup.
In the few weeks that College Warehouse has been open, Atie said, local college students and residents have already started checking out the store. In time, he said, the College Warehouse group hopes to expand into other locations, too.
"We feel this is the start of something special," Atie said.
More information about College Warehouse can be found online at www.collegewarehouse.net.