CAMP VERDE - The reasons why resale shops are doing so well in today's market are as varied as those doing the shopping.
For some it's a mater of finding that special treasure. For some it's like Forrest Gump's chocolate box, you don't know what you're going to find until you get inside.
Others are just looking for a great deal or, as one person shopping at the new Ruby Road Vender Mall last week was heard to say, they just wanted to shop someplace where the stuff's not made in China.
"All I know is that we are busy and have been busy ever since we opened the mall," says Ruby Road owner Pam Bridgnell. "If I had to guess I'd say people like to shop at resale stores because they make for a neat, eclectic shopping experience."
For the last few years Ruby Road Vender Mall was called the New Thrift Store.
Part of the building still is, technically. However, last year Bridgnell got the idea to give up some of the space she was using and rent it to folks who wanted to sell their bicycles, buttons, old hats and thimbles.
She offered a dozen or more spaces. They were gone in a week. A few months ago she opened a dozen or so more. They were gone the same day. She has a waiting list in case she decides to open more.
"All we did was tell our customers," she says.
Ruby Road is stuffed with stuff, and in fact most of it is not made in China. Most of it's used. And although most of it cost considerably less than when it was new, there are some items that fall into the category of treasured antiques and collectables.
But, she insists, it's not an antique store.
"It's like a big indoor swap meet without all the junk, or maybe a place for fledgling entrepreneurs looking for a low-rent space to get started. And although it's complementary, its not an antique store," she says.
Whatever it is, Ruby Road Vendor Mall is located at 1575 S. Roadrunner Lane, out by the old swap meet off Howards Road in Camp Verde.
It is open Sunday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. You can also visit their website rubyroadresale.com.
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