OCOEE Treasures Furniture and Décor, which has called Dillard Street in Winter Garden home for the last 18 months, has returned to Ocoee.
The store has been in West Orange for seven years and recently moved for the third time. Now, owner Mike Waxler is confident his business has found its true home.
“We were in Ocoee for five years, near downtown Winter Garden for a year-and-one-half, and now, we’re back in Ocoee,” Waxler said.
Treasures deals with gently used furniture and home décor that Waxler gets from model homes, trade shows, furniture-store samples, as well as furniture from interior designers and props. He also does some consignment, and his job is simple: He buys items at the lowest prices and offers them to customers.
“I travel all over, and I’m the guy that goes to all the furniture shows,” he said. “I’m not interested in the catalog; I’m interested in the samples they brought to the show.”
The move comes after the staff’s realization that the space in Winter Garden was not optimal for the store. The old location was a warehouse that had no air-conditioning and was much smaller. Space was too tight for the showroom Waxler envisioned.
“When you’re looking for furniture and décor, you’ll go to Badcock, Old Time Pottery and Baer’s,” he said. “That’s what you do when you’re out on (State Road) 50 there searching for that certain treasure. Going up Dillard and around the corner into a warehouse is not on people’s minds.”
Now, with between 4,000 and 5,000 square feet of space, there is space for all of the furniture, décor and other treasures he comes across. The store also offers layaway and delivery services.
With an end goal of helping customers find the perfect pieces for their homes and selling it all at lower prices than competitors, Waxler negotiates with vendors and trade-show dealers. Additionally, prices can be reduced based on how long a piece is in the showroom. After 30 days, the item is reduced by 10%. After 60 days, the price is reduced by 20%, and after 90 days, customers can take 30% off.
Furthermore, Waxler said his shop’s uniqueness also differentiates it from other stores.
“It’s a unique showroom that changes weekly,” he said. “Every week you come in, I try to give you a different store and never give you the same thing twice.”
One of Waxler’s favorite things about the store is when people come in looking for opinions about furniture and décor placement in their homes. His goal is to show people that it’s OK to mix and match and that there is a difference between tackiness and complementary pieces.
“I just want it to be the best store it can be and to keep providing people with the best deals with the best products,” he said. “I like helping people make their home a home — whatever the budget may be.”
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