Like quite a few people today, Troy Bennett and Krista Hanny of Rochester invested the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic decluttering their house.
The couple started discarding some of their numerous unneeded and unsustainable merchandise, which in the long run led to opening a resale shop featuring luxury accessories in Rochester’s South Wedge in August.
The 650-square-foot shop, FOMO at 650 South Ave., is crammed with pre-owned designer merchandise these as purses, hats, scarves, wallets and sun shades. The store is crammed with items from Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Prada and Burberry. Each item comes with a certification of authenticity after it is confirmed by a 3rd party.
Selling prices are competitive and change. For instance, you can expect to fantastic a $40 necktie along with a $1,400 handbag. The retail outlet, like the pair’s North Winton Village dwelling, is furnished with vintage and upcycled objects.
Though purging so a lot of unneeded things in the last yr, Hanny mirrored that “it was a gross and annoying sensation.”
“So significantly time, dollars, and electricity was squandered on throwaway goods, not to mention the environmental impression,” she claimed. “We explained never ever again to fast fashion and we vowed to dwell by the previous saying ‘quality about quantity’ and considering that then existence has never ever been better. Now we only acquire large good quality objects, so we have significantly considerably less but we truly feel a lot richer.”
The pair, glassblowers by trade, had begun reselling top quality, vintage furniture just before the pandemic begun. For a long time, they sold their glass wares at artwork displays and festivals, like the preferred Park Avenue, Corn Hill and Clothesline festivals in Rochester.
The pair, initially from Jamestown, has known one particular another for many years. They moved to Rochester 14 years back soon after falling in like with the Flower Town while on the competition circuit.
When on family vacation earlier this yr, the pair experienced what Bennett described as “an a-ha moment.” Together, they came across a store with a identical concept and the plan to sell sustainable designer extras for reasonably priced selling prices was born, Bennett mentioned.
Most of the products in FOMO come from the New York Town space, numerous of which are procured through estate profits, Bennett claimed. Bennett and Hanny will purchase locally at times, “but we’re picky and aggressive with charges,” he said.
Just about every thirty day period, the duo donates 5% of keep profits to a nearby charity.
The retailer 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 shop privately, by appointment.