Like a lot of individuals, Troy Bennett and Krista Hanny of Rochester put in the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic decluttering their dwelling.
The couple started discarding some of their numerous unneeded and unsustainable things, which in the long run led to opening a resale shop showcasing luxurious add-ons in Rochester’s South Wedge in August.
The 650-square-foot shop, FOMO at 650 South Ave., is crammed with pre-owned designer items such as handbags, hats, scarves, wallets and sun shades. The shop is stuffed with merchandise from Gucci, Louis Vuitton, Prada and Burberry. Every product arrives with a certification of authenticity following it is confirmed by a 3rd party.
Rates are aggressive and change. For case in point, you are going to good a $40 necktie together with a $1,400 handbag. The retail store, like the pair’s North Winton Village home, is furnished with classic and upcycled objects.
When purging so lots of unneeded goods in the previous yr, Hanny reflected that “it was a gross and frustrating experience.”
“So considerably time, funds, and electrical power was squandered on throwaway objects, not to mention the environmental effects,” she mentioned. “We mentioned under no circumstances once more to fast fashion and we vowed to reside by the previous expressing ‘quality around quantity’ and considering the fact that then life has hardly ever been much better. Now we only get significant quality things, so we very own much considerably less but we sense much richer.”
The few, glassblowers by trade, had started out reselling high-quality, vintage furniture just ahead of the pandemic began. For a long time, they sold their glass wares at art reveals and festivals, including the preferred Park Avenue, Corn Hill and Clothesline festivals in Rochester.
The pair, initially from Jamestown, has known a single a further for many years. They moved to Rochester 14 years back after falling in love with the Flower Town even though on the pageant circuit.
Though on getaway previously this 12 months, the pair experienced what Bennett explained as “an a-ha instant.” Together, they arrived across a store with a similar strategy and the plan to sell sustainable designer components for very affordable costs was born, Bennett mentioned.
Most of the products in FOMO come from the New York Town area, many of which are procured through estate profits, Bennett reported. Bennett and Hanny will purchase locally at occasions, “but we are picky and competitive with charges,” he claimed.
Every thirty day period, the duo donates 5% of store profits to a regional charity.
The store is open up from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays, and from midday to 5 p.m. on Saturdays. You can also shop privately, by appointment.