Kokomo — Kris Campbell and Sean Quartermus’ store has combined old belongings with a modern concept.
The shop owned by this husband-wife duo of entrepreneurs has blended their original eBay consignment enterprise with antique and second-hand retail in a store front.
Business began several years ago as an at-home side project to make a little extra money. It expanded enough for them to move to a Hoffer Street shop. They moved again in October to Washington Street on the west side of downtown Kokomo.
Campbell and Quartermus’ business, Timeless Pieces and Treasures eBay Consignment Shop, helps customers sell belongings on the Internet auction website. The business’ intention is to make more money than customers would have made on their own. The shop’s owners, in return, take a commission.
Their place on Washington Street was a good home, Campbell and Quartermus said, but it quickly became small.
They re-opened Friday near the former Kroger on U.S 31.
There, the eBay shop has more room for storage, and the extra space has allowed the couple to begin a store-front retail shop, which was a long-time goal.
“We’re trying to create a total selling solution,” Quartermus said.
The couple has also added fundraising to their menu of services.
It is all part of a new mantra: “You can spend a dollar, make a dollar, donate a dollar.”
Campbell and Quartermus didn’t desert their shop on Washington Street.
Kokomo hair stylist Phillip Johnson has opened a salon in its place.
Bigger than eBay
On Washington Street, boxes and crates filled with up-for-auction items lined the tight space of Quartermus and Campbell’s store.
Their new location has two sides: a walk-through retail front and a “staff only” eBay consignment back area.
Items from vendors, many of whom are long-time merchants at antique stores, and other Kokomo retailers are organized into pods around the new eBay store.
Antiques dominate the retail area, but other items, such as electronics, comics and toys, are scattered throughout the shelves and cases.
Campbell said she and her husband “hand-picked” each vendor. Those who sell at other stores have come to the eBay shop with the understanding they would not abandon their other posts.
“We did not want to be abrasive to the others,” she said. “We said, ‘Would you like another booth?’”
Campbell and Quartermus have also begun organizing fundraising drives.
Organizations needing to raise money can bring in items, the shop will sell or auction the belongings, then give back the proceeds.
Workshops and seminars, such as scrapbooking classes, have also made their way to the new location, where the owners have more space.
Campbell said the business promotes its events and deals on its Facebook page, “Timeless Pieces and Treasures EBAY Consignment Shop.”
A Salon’s Second Start
Johnson decide he needed a change after 28 years of styling hair, including at his own shop on North Buckeye Street.
So he moved to Atlanta, Ga.
He returned to Kokomo two months later.
“I was born and raised here,” he said. “I missed knowing people. I missed going to the grocery store and seeing people I knew and talking with them.”
Before Johnson left for Georgia, he approached Campbell and Quartermus for help selling some of his belongings on eBay before his move.
He decided when he returned to Kokomo that he wanted open a new salon, so he began subletting the former eBay shop on Washington Street from the couple. In their place, he opened Salon PMJ.
“I wanted to start new. I wanted a new spot,” he said.
Johnson, who described himself as a precision cutting and color specialist, began taking appointments in March. The one-man salon is also able to take walk-in appointments from 10 a.m. to noon and 2 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Johnson also rotates Saturdays working at the salon.
• Daniel Human is the Kokomo Tribune business reporter. He can be reached at 765-454-8570 or at daniel.human@