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Seeking a secondhand treasure? Bloomington has many

by Chris Chesky and Mike Hanks
Bloomington Sun Current
Published April 20, 2016 at 6:00 pm

“Attic to Basement, 8909 Penn Ave., attictobasementmn.com

Attic to Basement features secondhand goods collected through area estate sales.

Owner Mary McKendrick has parlayed her career as a probate paralegal into a second career as a retail reseller. Her inventory exceeds the store’s showroom, which means new merchandise is added as space permits.

Owner Mary McKendrick has parlayed her career as a probate paralegal into a second career as a retail reseller.

Attic to Basement sells antiques, collectibles and gently-used household goods including furniture, art, lamps, dishes and glassware, jewelry, books, vinyl records, fishing lures and tools.

And what happens to useable items that don’t sell? They often end up in the free box that sits outside the front door during store hours.

The store is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Thursday and Friday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.”

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Attic to Basement has a new home in Bloomington

By Mike Hanks
Bloomington Sun Current
Published October 20, 2015 at 5:05 pm

Dishware in a variety of styles and colors can be found at Attic to Basement in Bloomington. (Sun Current staff photo by Mike Hanks
Dishware in a variety of styles and colors can be found at Attic to Basement in Bloomington. (Sun Current staff photo by Mike Hanks)

Secondhand furniture, jewelry, artwork and home décor all have a home under one roof, and it’s a new roof along Penn Avenue in Bloomington.

Attic to Basement moved from Lyndale Avenue to 8909 Penn Ave. recently, offering an eclectic array of home furnishings, collectibles and antiques. And unlike many retail stores, Attic to Basement will give you something for nothing.

The store features merchandise plucked from estate sales. Owner Mary McKendrick’s career as a probate paralegal periodically results in her having to clean out the households full of merchandise that will be sold through an estate sale. By buying out estate sale lots, McKendrick and her husband Patrick Dwyer acquire typical and not-so-typical household merchandise for Attic to Basement.

Desks and tables of varying vintage can be found at the store, as well as dishes, goblets and serving trays. Small appliances and antique cooking utensils are typically available, and a small assortment of retro cookie jars find their way inside the store periodically.

It’s a treasure hunt.

A variety of framed artwork and prints that once hung in living rooms and dining rooms around the Twin Cities await a new home, as well as decorative home décor pieces.

A small collection of VHS videotapes and record albums provide a glimpse into the past, as do hundreds of postcards, some bearing messages to friends and family. Sewing patterns, black-and-white photographs—sometimes autographed by a celebrity—and glass coffee jars might also prompt a flashback to yesteryear.

The variety and uniqueness of the merchandise brings plenty of collectors to her store, according to McKendrick. “It’s a treasure hunt,” she said.

Nostalgia seekers will find a variety of buttons available at Attic to Basement, as well as an eclectic assortment of collectibles, including postcards and publicity photos. (Sun Current staff photo by Mike Hanks)
Nostalgia seekers will find a variety of buttons available at Attic to Basement, as well as an eclectic assortment of collectibles, including postcards and publicity photos. (Sun Current staff photo by Mike Hanks)

An estate sale unearths a variety of merchandise. “From toilet paper to antiques,” McKendrick said. “And everything in between.” Attic to Basement doesn’t sell clothing or large appliances, and it makes a habit of finding a new home for merchandise that is usable, but doesn’t sell. The store has a box of free items that sits outside the entrance each day, which is a popular draw, according to McKendrick.

The inventory changes frequently, as the store has a healthy supply of inventory waiting for an open space on the sales floor, McKendrick noted. Products are cleaned prior to sale and typically priced below the going rate in the secondhand market, she explained.

The store is open 10 am to 6 pm Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, and 10 am to 5 pm Saturdays. Store information is available online at facebook.com/attictobasement.

http://current.mnsun.com/2015/10/20/attic-to-basement-has-a-new-home-in-bloomington/

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