|101 Marketplace of Bandon
By Annette Langenstein, Staff
For two and a half years now, Cheryl Gagnon has been the
sole proprietor of 101 Marketplace of Bandon, located at 735 Third
Street SE. Born and raised in Cleveland Ohio, Cheryl came to
Bandon in 1984, having a background in art and advertising. But for the
last 24 years, she's been doing estate sales in the Bandon area. "It
got to the point where it was either get yourself a building or get out
of this business," said Cheryl. "You really can’t do your best
for your clients if you don’t have a building or storefront where
you can take higher-end items and showcase them."
Estate sales are generally three day events. Cheryl
wanted to extend the sell time for items at estate sales, especially
the higher-end ones. So she obtained the building she's now occupying
and she sells items either on consignment or just outright because
she's always shopping around for things that would do well in her
store. In fact, the front of the store is filled with items from estate
sales and her collectibles. The back room is for vendors, of
which she has from 4-8 at any one time.
Cheryl Gagnon, owner of 101 Marketplace of Bandon, is all about service.
“We try to function as a small business
incubator," says Cheryl. "That’s what the back room in the store
is for – the flea market room. We've actually had four businesses
open as a result of being in the vendor area. It allows people to try
out having a business part-time before they branch out on their own.
They get a following and a regular clientele before they open their own
business.” In addition, Cheryl makes her own jewelry. And one of
the items the store has branched out into selling is beads.
There's some exciting news coming up this spring, also. "We’re going to
be opening a take-out restaurant, called "Fleet Deli", which is going
to feature local albacore tuna (her husband is a commercial fisherman),
pulled pork, hot dogs, burgers, and other take-out items. We'll have
simple but good picnic-style side dishes, and nothing will be deep
fried. And of course there will be desserts, because I used to be a
pastry chef right in here Bandon!"
I asked Cheryl how her Shopper ads have been working for
her. "The ads are working really well. I've used the Shopper to
advertise estate sales for 24 years. The paper is a really effective
way to advertise because it reaches such a large audience. It does a
great job for me."
101 Marketplace of Bandon is open from 11-5 on
Thursdays, 9-5 Fridays and Saturdays and 11-5 on Sundays. Their phone
number is 541-290-7030. "We’re trying to be all about service,"
said Cheryl. "We’re happy to explain things to people and if we
don’t have what they're looking for we'll help them find it
somewhere in town. We want everybody who walks through the store to
feel at home. People are perfectly welcome to come down here and browse
our wildly eclectic collection. A big part of our job is helping
people get good things at reasonable prices," said Cheryl.
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