Brittney Besaw at her new business in Plattsburgh, ABC and R’s Showcase, located at 28 Oak Street.
A train set rests in the corner waiting to be played with.
A small red guitar leans against the wall, begging to be strummed.
On a shelf sits a blue glass collection, calling out for a home to decorate.
“We have a little bit of everything here,” said Brittney Besaw, owner and operator of ABC and R’s Showcase.
The new business is located at 28 Oak Street in the City of Plattsburgh. It is open Sunday through Thursday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.
“This is the first time I ever owned a business,” said Besaw. “My parents and I had always talked about it and they helped me invest to start me off.”
She’s held a lot of jobs but always longed to do her own thing.
“My step dad does a lot with ebay, and we do ebay on consignment.”
She grew up watching her step-father buy and sell products, and eventually began to find value in items she never thought were worth anything.
At first, she was nervous to open the doors of ABC and R’s showcase, but after the first day she loosened up, and now it almost seems like an old hat.
“You get to know what you are doing quickly.”
The cozy shop sells an array of items, including, but not limited to movies, antiques, home decorations, jewelry, art, toys and radios.
“The prices are low, and there are new and used items,” Besaw said.
Opening up and running the shop has been time consuming to say the least.
“It takes a lot of thought,” Besaw said. “You have to have inventory and a place to attract customers.”
At first, she was unsure where to locate. Besaw scouted several locations and determined 28 Oak Street would work well.
The shop also does consignment for customers and she’s amazed at the variety of items that are brought in.
“There are many times where people say they have not been able to find something, and then they come in and it is here,” Besaw said. “Business has been very good.”
Besaw keeps a running list of items customers want that she might not have at the time. Once she acquires the items she immediately contacts the customer.
Besaw moves new items in and out of the business on a daily basis.
“It is never the same in here.”
She said customers appreciate her low prices. So do other business owners who sometimes come in to purchase an item only to resell it.
Besaw has an old tea pot she was selling for $30. She did some research and discovered it was worth $350.
Besaw feels accomplished after opening her own business.
“Every time we talked about me having my own business, I never saw it happening, and now it has happened.”