Garden City Telegram from Garden City, Kansas on July 26, 1963 · Page 7
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Garden City Telegram from Garden City, Kansas · Page 7

Garden City, Kansas
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Friday, July 26, 1963
Page 7
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Life Begins at Forty Novel Shop Has Bright Prospects By ROBERT PETERSON j Those past 40 seeking novel, ] remunerative enterprises should! consider a Commission Shop, j This is perhaps the simplest j form of retail operation. It en- lails no capital for merchandise. It requires no knowledge of marketing and sale's techniqns And j it involves little beekeeping and 1 virtually no advertising. ! All it requires is a central lo- j cation for displaying items j which people wish to sell at a j given price. When an item is sold j the shop takes a commission andj sends the consignor a check forj the balance. i I've noted an increasing nurn-j ber of these shops, but never j actually visited one until the other afternoon when I was driving along a busy suburban street and saw a neat, lettered sign "Commission Shop" over a store j whose well-lighted display window held a coloVful array of of furniture and bric-a-bac. , "It's a pleasant occupation," said the proprietor, a widow in her 50's when I stopped to inquire about the workings of such a shop. "I started the shop in my, home ten years ago by simply putting a sign out front. Petty soon neighbors were coming by with things they no longer wanted. The business has grown steadily and not only gives 'in e something to be but a fair income. I don't handle appliances or.,clothing — just used household items in good condition. Among Hie sev e ral hundred items attractively displayed were desks, chairs, sofas, mirrors, glassware, clocks, lamps, toys, and china — each item bearing a sticker clearly show* ing the price. As we were talking an old gentleman walked in with two Chinese vases. "Do you think) we could get $30 for the pair?" I he asked. "I wouldn't be surprised," replied the proprietor, "they'd make handsome lamps. | She affixed a price sticker to I the vases and placed them on a display counter. Then she had the man sign a form which stated the shop was accepting the items for sale at $30 and would retain 25 per cent of the sales price and mail him a check for the balance It also stated the shop would reduce the price 10 per cent each month until they were sold or until the cosigner reclaimed them. On his way out the man stopped to examine a Hitchcock chair. "This is a real steal for §10," he said, taking a bill from his wallet and departing with the chair. He's one of my best cus- Qardiner's tomers." said the proprietor, i "He and his wife retired and' built a Cape Cod bungalow which they're furnishing with early American pieces. They've sold most of their old Victorian furniture through my shop." What are th« headaches in running such a shop? "None in; particular. Oh, some people getj upset when I refuse to take things that are badly worn or shabby. And sometimes folks insist on putting a price on tilings j I know they'll never get. But' most people are reasonable and j often tell me I'm meeting a ] j real need by providing a com- i ! munlty exchange like this." | Every community needs an ( outlet for things householders no longer want. Those along in years seeking new interests to i keep them gainfully occupied 1 and in contact with others should j explore Commission Shop possibilities. Pof* 7 Gnrdon Cll.v Friday, July, 26, 1963 gram enclosing a stamped, self addressed envelope and t c n cents to cover handling costs. Board Members Are Threatened TOPEKA (AP)—Four members if the Topeka board of education iave received threatening tele- ihone call s following an informal neeting with representatives of he National Association for the Advancement of Colored People ast week. A spokesman for the board vould not give the names of those hi-eatened but said the caller mplied that if the board worked ,vith, and helped, Negroes either he board member or his family would 'get it" by the first of the year. The spokesman said the Topeka polic e chief, Dana Hummer, was notified and he, in turn notified Jie Federal Bureau of Inbestiga- ion. However, officials were informed that existing federal sta- ,ues under which the FBI operate do not permit that agency to in- vestigate'calls of this nature. And because there is no evidence of the calls other than word of mouth, the Topeka police department is virtually powerless to act. If you would 11 k e a booklet "Starting a Retirement Business" write to this column in care of the Garden City Tele- Carrier •i i AIR CONTROL CO. HEATING AIR-CONDITIONING SALES, INSTALLATION AND SERVICE 112 S. Main BR 6-8072 We Service All Makes! Mobile Sheet Metal Shop '00NeTHIN6,< vVOUOONTW? ' UMN «rW MftMu) SOMMNg* Cfi/WJNf WHAT i« TH6 ONE S AftVE ALL 6L51THAT (I'LL 6iv'£ YOU A YOU Vl- SNUFFY SMITH ETS »,^>.oJ DON'T YE JEST t LOVE SUMMERTIM6 IN THESE OL' HILLS, i SHORE po, iW --THAT'S PURTIB8T STEVE CANYON The continental Congress de- iberated a dozen years before deciding on the blad eagle as the national symbol. BE SAFE-BUY ALL DRUGS FROM A PHARMACIST AT MORRIS DRUG . . . BEWARE OF "MAIL ORDER" DRUGS "But Tom," Martha protested, "why can't I tend $12.95? It says right hare they'll lend a drug to cur* arthritis, kidney trouble and rheu- matlsml" , Stand firm, Toml The public it bilked yearly of millions of dollars on mail order drugs. 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Meet Our Manager At Your Store or Call BR 6-3295 For Home Delivery iljjl 1 X"~^ I CAMT ^•>* > UNOSRBTANO IT/!»'•*»» f THE PALM Of MV •< «-u'liW I MAWDHA9BEBW >L ITCMIKIOALLDAV YOU'RIB LUCKV-- >UHUI YOU KNOW, THKY SAY THAT MEANS YOU&R OOINQ TO COMB INTO 80M5 MOMBV me: OH" r SHOULDN'T MAV/S SAID THAT , rr..-nt JV I'LUTAKtt , ( mPTV DOLLARS *«o\ TOR A SUIT BEETLE BAILEY THERE.' WITH PY6P HAIR ANP MUSTACHE X SUOULP LOOK: YEARS VOUNSER 7-26 OUST TH6 WAIR ANP MUSTACH6 LOOK ETTA KETT Your Money Mai* RAY KANTOLA COME IN AND MEET OUR MANAGER. SPECIAL APPOINTMENTS MAY BE ARRANGED AT ANY TIME. LOANS FROM '25.00 TO $ 1000.00 OR MORE! Up To 24 Months To Repay OUR LOAN SERVICES INCLUDE: A liberal loan policy with quick, friendly, confidential, one day service. Loans from $25.00 to $1,000.00 or more on cars, furniture and signature. Second mortgage loans on real estate and automobiles. Loans to consolidate all of your dsbts and reduce monthly payments, pay taxes, medical or personal expanses or any worrhy purpose. Numerous loan plans with payment plans to suit your convenience. Loans made by mail and telephone to all surrounding areas. Even if you have one or more existing loans you may borrow cash. I Come in and see ut. WOW.'/ GfcAB A HANDFUL,'.' HCV, LOOK/THE CHICKS HAVE. PACKED A LUNCH / MM'M'M.? I CAN J SMCLLTHOSE HOT _ SV HAMBUGGERS RIGHT MICKEY MOUSE, M JU9TA ^ INUTB,UNCA MlCKBY 1 > J l.lii,!b«'.ai •>• / ^ PON'T FSSU ( VERY SLEEPY I / / V TONI5HTI A Kansas Company 422 N. Main FINANCE CQ^INC. Garden City, Kansas Phone BR 6-7669 POGO

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