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New Thrifty Dollar store offers good deals in Sandy

Sandy residents turn storage auction hobby into business

The Dollar Tree is no longer the only go-to place to shop for bargains in Sandy now that the Thrifty Dollar store is open.

On Friday, April 4, Sandy residents Will Runells and his wife, Shawna, opened their store, Thrifty Dollar and Discount Furniture, at 39090 Pioneer Blvd. With the exception of their offered low-price furniture, everything in the Runells’ thrift shop costs only $1.

“We wanted to give back to the community and do a different thrift store,” Shawna said. by: POST PHOTO: KYLIE WRAY - Will and Shawna Runells opened Thrifty Dollar and Discount Furniture on April 4.

Will Runells said he and his wife got their start in resale when they began going to storage auctions. But they slowed down a bit when storage auctions became popular on TV, drawing a larger crowd to local auctions.

After living in Portland for a while, the couple and their children, Ashley, 12, and Jacob, 8, moved back to Sandy and returned to auctions. by: POST PHOTO: KYLIE WRAY - Runells and his wife, Shawna, help a customer who bought so much he needed to come back with his car. He spent just $26.

They were running an online store and making sales out of their house, Shawna said. “It got to the point where we needed an outlet.”

The space presented the option to sell second-hand items full time, as well as offer a showroom where they can display their discount furniture.

Shawna said they enjoy the fact that their business is family friendly, and that Jacob and his sister even help out sometimes. “He’s pretty good on the register,” Will said.

Although they like the small space, said Shawna, they would love to expand in the future. “We’re going to get an overhanging sign up when we can afford one,” she said. by: POST PHOTO: KYLIE WRAY - The Thrifty Dollar is the display space Shawna always wanted.

For now, the family business is staying small, focusing on social media to get the word out. Anyone who likes the Thrifty Dollar’s Facebook page and comes in to say so will receive a free item with any purchase.

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