IVANHOE - It doesn't have the most high-profile storefront on Ivanhoe's Norman Street, although Alvin Guza said he's thought about putting up a bigger sign. Perhaps the signage doesn't matter so much, because customers have been coming in to Lincoln County Price Choppers, the antiques and secondhand store Alvin and his wife Lori Guza opened, all the same.
Alvin Guza said the idea behind Lincoln County Price Choppers, or LCPC for short, came from seeing a need for more affordable shopping options in the region, especially for furniture. Sometimes, he said, "You don't need to buy brand-new when used will do." He said the business' name also refers to another part of its mission - trying to offer competitive pricing.
The Guzas opened LCPC about a year ago, in office space that had been vacated when Ivanhoe's veterinary clinic moved to a new location. Lori Guza said at first, a lot of their merchandise came on consignment from a business her sister had in Franklin. Alvin Guza also spent time going to auctions and looking for items help build up an inventory. After getting started, Alvin Guza said, he's stuck to more local auctions, as well as some online auctions to find good deals.
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Alvin and Lori Guza have been running their antiques and secondhand store, Lincoln County Price Choppers, in Ivanhoe for about a year. The Guzas say business has been picking up a bit this fall. The store sells a variety of used and antique furniture, housewares, and other items.
The Guzas have turned the old veterinary office into a shop front and display area. An existing sink and cabinets in one of the rooms made a good display area for dishes and a kitchen table and chairs. Everything from small items like a collection of decorative thimbles to a working vending machine are on sale in another room.
"When we started, we had a lot more furniture," Alvin Guza said, looking around the shop displays. "But furniture needs a lot of room," he said, so they tend not to put all of it out at once.
Lori Guza said she's usually the person working behind the counter at LCPC. So far, she said, there's been a variety of customers, ranging from antiques sellers to local residents.
"They do come from all around," she said. Recently, a group of customers came in from Edgerton, she said. Meeting the people who come into the shop is her favorite part of the job. "I love talking to people."
In the future, Alvin Guza said, it's possible that LCPC might expand into the old Ivanhoe creamery building, which he owns. However, he said, "It needs a lot of work" before that can happen.
LCPC is open Tuesday through Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. However, the Guzas said they're also flexible when it comes to working with potential customers.