Like quite a few people today, Troy Bennett and Krista Hanny of Rochester used the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic decluttering their dwelling.
The couple started discarding some of their several unneeded and unsustainable products, which finally led to opening a resale store featuring luxury equipment in Rochester’s South Wedge in August.
The 650-square-foot store, FOMO at 650 South Ave., is filled with pre-owned designer objects this kind of as handbags, hats, scarves, wallets and sun shades. The store is loaded with products and solutions from Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Prada and Burberry. Each and every product arrives with a certificate of authenticity right after it is confirmed by a 3rd get together.
Costs are competitive and change. For illustration, you are going to wonderful a $40 necktie together with a $1,400 handbag. The keep, like the pair’s North Winton Village residence, is furnished with vintage and upcycled goods.
Although purging so numerous unneeded products in the final yr, Hanny mirrored that “it was a gross and disheartening experience.”
“So a lot time, money, and vitality was wasted on throwaway merchandise, not to point out the environmental effects,” she reported. “We stated by no means once more to fast fashion and we vowed to live by the aged indicating ‘quality around quantity’ and because then daily life has by no means been greater. Now we only acquire high excellent things, so we individual substantially a lot less but we come to feel significantly richer.”
The pair, glassblowers by trade, had started off reselling quality, vintage furniture just prior to the pandemic commenced. For yrs, they sold their glass wares at art shows and festivals, which includes the well known Park Avenue, Corn Hill and Clothesline festivals in Rochester.
The pair, initially from Jamestown, has identified 1 another for a long time. They moved to Rochester 14 years back after falling in like with the Flower Town though on the festival circuit.
Though on holiday vacation before this yr, the pair experienced what Bennett explained as “an a-ha instant.” Together, they came across a store with a very similar strategy and the idea to promote sustainable designer equipment for reasonably priced costs was born, Bennett explained.
Most of the products in FOMO come from the New York Metropolis place, a lot of of which are obtained through estate profits, Bennett stated. Bennett and Hanny will purchase locally at times, “but we are picky and aggressive with costs,” he said.
Each individual thirty day period, the duo donates 5% of retail store profits to a regional charity.
The shop is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays, and from noon to 5 p.m. on Saturdays. You can also store privately, by appointment.