When Richard and Ivy Sheeler opened Bound 2 Read in a vacant storefront of their Elm Street building early last year, their goal was to unload some of the thousands of books — biographies and mysteries, cookbooks and craft books — they’d impulsively purchased years before at an auction.
That, and to share their love of books with others.
But what the husband and wife didn’t realize was that, sometimes, a business can have a mind of its own. After a while, both the supply of and the demand for the secondhand items, like artwork and clothing and knickknacks, they’d relegated to a small section of 329 Elm. St. “grew so big” they couldn’t keep up, Ivy said.
So, at the end of April, the Sheelers moved the thrift and consignment section of their bookstore into a new building, located one street over at 563 Fifth St., and christened it the Corner Discount Outlet. Business has been good — and even picking up as of late.
The store is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sundays from 2 to 6 p.m. It is open Mondays by appointment only.
“Prices are reasonable, and we try not to charge too much,” Ivy said. “It’s a small community, and we know people here. They want value for their money.”
The Sheelers, who live in Struthers, carry a variety of items at the Corner Discount Outlet, like appliances, furniture, sporting goods, toys and various collectibles.
Read Reporter Emmalee Torisk's full story on the store Monday in The Vindicator and on Vindy.com.