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219 Resale Shop opens in Hessville

219 Resale Shop opened in Hammond.

A new resale shop in Hammond's Hessville neighborhood sells is selling furniture, general merchandise, collectibles and other sundries.

Danny Schuster, his girlfriend Julie Poremba, and their mothers Aleene Minard and Diana Keller, started 219 Resale Shop at 6647 Kennedy Ave. to find new life for used items. It had long been Poremba's dream to open a resale shop.

"We have a lot of experience in resale, in garage sales and antique shows," she said. "Plus I've done merchandising for Pier One. It's coming together quite nicely."

The store carries a wide inventory that includes kitchen ware, men's clothing and collectibles, including windup toys and miniatures cars still in the box, mostly acquired from estate sales and storage sales. Items frequently change, and 219 Resale is currently stocking a lot of Christmas decorations.

"There's a lot to rummage around," she said. "It's well-done and well put together. There's a lot of merchandise that's pleasing to the key. We try to be over-the-top with customer service and roam around to help customers. We want people to leave the store happy and come back."

They thought the Hessville neighborhood could use a good thrift store.

"Some stores go to upper-scale neighborhoods where they know they can make money," Poremba said. "We want something for the residents. I came from Hessville, originally."

The store has however proven to be a destination for those who like treasure hunting at resale shops.

"We've gotten people in from all over," she said. "People come up from Dyer and all the way from Chicago to find stuff."

219 Resale is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. It's closed on Sundays.

For more information, call 219-794-5769 or find 219 Resale Shop on Facebook.

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Joseph S. Pete is a Lisagor Award-winning business reporter who covers steel, industry, unions, the ports, retail, banking and more. The Indiana University grad has been with The Times since 2013 and blogs about craft beer, culture and the military.