(KENMORE@WDT.NET, originally from The Watertown Daily Times)
POTSDAM — Treasures Cove, a new thrift shop at 22 Market St., is truly a family business.
Store manager Laura Lee Taylor runs the shop with her brother, Jay Taylor, who as sourcing manager buys the household goods, collectibles, furniture and more that Treasures Cove sells. The shop is owned by their brother Matthew Taylor, through his company, Tyrus Connections. Spouses and children help out in the store.
“We have a love for collecting,” Ms. Taylor said.
Matthew Taylor is now in Georgia, but all three of the siblings grew up in the Massena area, and were looking for a storefront in Potsdam. They began moving into the storefront — formerly the arts and crafts store Misty Hollow — after Jan. 1, with the soft opening on Feb. 1.
“I thought this place, being historic, would be perfect for our historic collectibles and music,” Ms. Taylor said.
While this is the first time Ms. Taylor will have a storefront, she and her husband, Wesley D. Williams, have run an eBay store for the past 10 years, and plan to eventually merge their online and brick-and-mortar businesses. For about five years, the family has done estate buyouts. But the family tradition of collecting goes back even further.
“A lot of the collection is a 50-year-long collection,” Ms. Taylor said.
Currently, Laura and Jay Taylor store items at three or four locations as they gradually bring all the stock to the new store.
“You might not find it today, but it might be here tomorrow,” Ms. Taylor tells customers. “(We are) just trying to get a little of everything out.”
Because a lot of the stock comes from estate sales, rather than donations, Jay Taylor said Treasures Cove has contents a little different from other thrift stores’. Much of the store’s stock is collections, from china bird figures to vinyl records.
Each family member has collections, too.
Ms. Taylor collects owl items, as they remind her of her grandmother, who also collected them. Jay Taylor collects art, buying many of the pieces that come through the store. As for Mr. Williams — “Anything and everything,” he said. “Anything that is unique.”
Mr. Williams contributed much of the vinyl, which has been particularly popular among professors and students, according to Ms. Taylor.
Beyond sharing their collections, the Taylors hope the store will benefit local residents.
“We’re actually here for the people in the community,” Ms. Taylor said.
“That’s what we want to do, is help people,” Jay Taylor added.
Among other things, they plan to donate the proceeds of one day’s sales each month to a local nonprofit organization they will choose each month.
The siblings hope to hold a grand opening the next time Matthew Taylor is in town from Georgia.