By Trish Yerges
Patti Cake’s Corner, 2701 Bearco Loop in La Grande opened for business Sept. 1 as a sole proprietorship by Patsy Hoadley, who has five years of experience in retail, second-hand merchandising.
“I’ve had a retail second hand shop years ago called Island City Trading Post,” Hoadley said. “I took a break from it, but after a few years, I wanted to open another store up. Jim May had this space as a second hand store, and after he passed away in July, I decided to lease the space from Monty McIntosh.”
Hoadley and her volunteer assistant and cousin, Brandon Myers, operate the store together. “We strive to help others and especially veterans,” said Myers.
If their first day in business was any indicator, Hoadley’s inventory is going to be fast moving because she buys what she knows customers are looking for, and she prices her merchandise to resell quickly. Once a month she also holds a box sale to move smaller household goods out of inventory.
In a second hand store, Hoadley knows what people need: furniture, dining room tables and chairs, beds and bed linens and blankets, framed pictures, lamps, TVs, movies, book shelves and books. She sells everything for the kitchen, including coffee pots, mixers, blenders, toaster ovens, microwave ovens and other appliances; also bathroom accessories, linens and toiletries.
“There will be clothing and shoes too,” said Hoadley just as someone stopped by to donate a pair of like new tennis shoes. “We take donations during our store hours,” she added, “but items must be clean and in good working condition. Things are sold ‘as is’, and there are no warranties offered on the inventory.”
Local deliveries will be made upon request for a minimal charge to cover costs.
In the second-hand retail business, Hoadley knows that friendships and trust are built as customers return frequently to view the newest inventory. “If you get here and don’t see what you want, let us know what you’re looking for and your price range, and I’ll try to find it for you and give you a call when it’s in,” she said.
Patti Cake’s Corner is open Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
“We want to welcome everyone to come in to see us, and get acquainted,” said Hoadley.
By Trish Yerges