Two East Peoria brothers are working together at a new business venture in the community called TazCo Trade Co.
Jason Tauscher and Ryan Tauscher, 2000 and 2005 graduates of East Peoria Community High School, opened their business Jan. 14 at the Fondulac Plaza.
TazCo Trade Co is a variety thrift store where patrons can buy, sell or trade, but there is no consignment.
"We've always been interested in the thrift industry and I think what we do here is a step up from a lot of thrift stores as far as that we buy and sell and trade items. We don't work strictly on donations," Ryan said.
Trading is unique to the area, Ryan said. He explained how it works.
"Let's say you brought in a lamp that you're looking to get rid of and you're interested in a coffee table, ... if I thought I could $20 off it or something I might be able to give you a discount on the table of maybe $10 to $15 dollars and I can sell your lamp and still make money," Ryan said.
Ryan has a sister company in Bloomington called BloNo Trade Co. that has been in existence for about one year. Business was going great at the shop, so well in fact, that Ryan decided to open his second shop in his hometown.
"Other secondhand stores have recently gone out of business in the area and I feel like it's something the area could use," Ryan said.
Ryan is the buyer and owner of the shop and Jason is the manager of the East Peoria location.
Prior to managing TazCo Trade Co., Jason worked at Caterpillar until November of last year.
"We lost 240 people and I was one of them," he said. "We were just having success with this. I've always enjoyed it and going to thrift stores."
Ryan will spend his time going back and forth between his two stores.
Ryan admits that running the business is a lot of work.
"You have to go get your inventory. You can't just call someone and have it delivered to you. It's a 24-hour dedication sometimes," he said.
But, Ryan said he enjoys the hunt of finding items to sell.
"With my business, it's easy to flip items around because I'll put a price on them. It keeps the inventory changing. That's one thing trading helps with a lot too," he said. "You get a vastly set of different items rather than just whatever is thrown at you."
Jason said they post the items in their store on Craigslist and on their website at tazcotradeco.com. Browsers can buy items online or come to the shop.
A customer inside the store Jan. 15 said she saw them on Craigslist.
"We'll be doing items on eBay as well," Jason said.
In describing the contents of the store, Ryan said it's a variety store.
"We're trying to reestablish that name," he said. "I think I've seen that terminology used in stores on the West Coast like this."
Last week in the store, shoppers could find hutches, coffee tables, a sewing machine, golf clubs, a $15 ice bucket, beer steins, a $35 Atari Flashback, money clips, belt buckles, a $35 record player, a $16 framed print of Gen. John J. Pershing and more.
Their website lists furniture, antiques, vintage/retro, home decor, unique items, movies, electronics and jewelry.
One woman said she was looking for dishes, which they did not have many of yet.
Another couple came in and bought a table for $145.
Two men came in and inquired about NASCAR items and any old East Peoria memorabilia.
Ryan may be on the hunt for some of these items in the future when he frequents auctions, estate sales and other places where he can "get a good deal."
The store is stocked with Ryan's good deals, but he said in about a month it will be twice as full.
Jason said they have already sold a handful of bigger pieces.
"It's a testament to us always trying to move stuff out of here," he said.
In particular, Ryan said they are looking for furniture, antiques, retro and anything unique.
For more information, call 966-1589. TazCo Trade Co. is located at 2414 E. Washington St. The store's hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.