Josie Rae’s New to You Resell Shop recently opened in Robbins.
The area’s largest independently owned resell shop’s owner, Betty Gordy, is a native of Vass, mother of three, and raising her granddaughter.
After an injury and retirement as an EMT and health care worker, Betty had to find something to do. Having previously owned several resale shops, she wanted to get back to what she loves and enjoys.
Betty’s fiancé, Eddie Fore, who was supposed to be enjoying his retirement fishing, is partaking in this adventure with Betty every step of the way. “He is supposed to be fishing, but is helping me buy storage units, moving, and unloading,” said Betty.
Determined to open her own business again, Betty began to look around for locations to set up her consignment shop.
“I was about to head to Sanford to look at a building when a friend told me to check Robbins,” said Betty. “I had storage buildings full as well as two houses full of stuff, so I was determined to open somewhere. I didn’t think there was anything available in downtown Robbins. Once I turned on Highway 705, I saw the building for rent. I called the landlord and agreed to meet the next day. I came with truck and trailer ready to move in.”
Josie Rae’s New to You Resell Shop is named after Betty’s mother and daughter. “You can just about furnish your entire house here,” said Betty. “You can find anything from housewares, furniture, clothes, tools, gently used antiques and even new items. We have an assortment of things you need but don’t know you need.
“We want to keep prices low and merchandise moving because we have new to you items coming in every day. Prices are low enough that anyone can afford them. Clothes range up to $10, and furniture starts at $25. It’s been great to meet new people, and I look forward to meeting many more. We’re still a work in progress, but are continually growing.”
For items donated to Josie Rae’s New to You Resell Shop, proceeds go to animal shelters and to parents who foster children.
They will soon start selling on consignment. Betty also has future plans to open a used furniture store in the area.
Josie Rae’s New to You Resell Shop is open Wednesday through Friday 9 a.m.- 6 p.m.and Saturday 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. Hours are expected to expand in the future.
Josie Rae’s New to You Resell Shop is located at 7035 Highway 705 N at Robbins Crossroads.
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Feature photo: Betty Gordy (right) and friend, Teresa Page, who was a “vital part in putting everything together.”
~Article and photos by Sandhills Sentinel Reporter Curtis Self.