Sometimes, it seems like stores are too much like each other. The merchandise is often smilar, and there's is little personality to separate them from the rest of the pack. This is not the case with The Hope Chest on Hartford Avenue.
The Hope Chest is a consignment store selling new, vintage, and antique items in their more than 14,000-square-foot building. The store has a wide variety of furnishings, along with clothing, jewelry, fashion accessories, household items, and much more. There's even a section with items priced at one dollar.
Ed DiPetrillo, who owns The Hope Chest with his wife, Maureen, said he likes to offer a variety of items to his customers.
"I like to call it one-stop shopping. You can come here looking for a piece of furniture and find clothes and jewelry," said DiPetrillo.
DiPetrillo explained he has seen a change in the demand for some of the high-end furnishings for sale in his store, and priced them accordingly.
"I feel that in the economy we're in, the Baby Boomers are downsizing, and younger people like new things," he said. "You have a depressed economy, so you have to price things accordingly."
Despite some of the fine furnishings and items, DiPetrillo explained that what he values most are his customers and consignees.
"I've always prided myself on honesty. You have to be consistent, and that's what I do with my consignees and customers," DiPetrillo said. "I value my consignees and customers, because without them, The Hope Chest wouldn't be open."