DALLAS -- Ken Rudderham, the owner of second-hand store "Just Stuff" on Main Street in downtown Dallas, has been a busy man.
Since opening his store a month ago, Rudderham has had a steady stream of customers.
"It's exceeded my expectations," he said last week.
Rudderham said he is exhausted, but happy about his store's debut.
Just Stuff's merchandise range spans from low-end to high-end. People can find gem stones and collectible watches, $1 tools, and everything in between among the display cases and tables in the store at 947 Main St. The sales floor features DVDs, videos, jewelry, NASCAR collectibles, antiques, electronics, appliances and furniture.
Rudderham said he has had a high turnover on his stock so far and has had to purchase more inventory than he expected.
"It's like we've been here forever," Rudderham said.
Just Stuff grew from a warehouse location on Holman Street, where Rudderham, who has lived in Dallas for four years, collected merchandise he would take to auctions.
He decided a few months ago it was time to open a retail operation. With assistance from the city in finding a location, Rudderham moved downtown.
Rudderham attributes his early success to word-of-mouth advertising and having a flexible policy when working with customers. He said he will work around paydays and fixed incomes, as well as offering layaway options. People from Dallas, Sheridan, Salem, Grand Ronde and McMinnville have visited the store and Rudderham said he already has a few "regulars."
"We have a few older fellows," he said. "They tell us it feels like home here and come in and pick out little things all the time."
Rudderham and his partner, Jan Hembree, have spent many a late night in the store replenishing and straightening the sales floor after busy days. He said the hours are long, but he's loving every minute of it.
"I just feel very fortunate for the acceptance here in Dallas," Rudderham said. "It's like being home."
947 Main St., Dallas.
Tuesdays through Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sundays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
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