owner Donna Hitz has continued to and hopes to have most of the items out of the store by Saturday.
On Thursday, Hitz met with a Fenton couple that gathered two carloads of items. She also had to tell a consignor at the door looking to claim an item that it had been sold and she didn’t have the funds to refund the money.
“There is nothing more I can do than give things back,” Hitz said.
She said she has gathered as many items as possible and many of people’s collections are ready to pick up. Consignors are asked to email Donna.Hitz@Gmail.com to make an appointment. Hitz said she has an account of every transaction made in the store and a list of every consignor’s items. Those items are spread out across the store and in some cases consignors have hundreds of items. Hitz said she will only let a couple of people in the store at once. She said she is afraid for her safety because she has received multiple threatening messages along with .
She said people continue to bang on the windows, but also said many people have showed up to tell her they loved the store and are sorry to see it go.
Hitz said once the Fenton store is clear, she will begin working in the Brighton store. She said she does have a buyer for the Brighton store, but said that buyer is waiting for a property sale and the deal can’t be completed until that happens. Hitz said if the store is sold, consignors would be able to be paid.
and file complaints regarding owed money and property and are reviewing each on a case-by-case basis. The disputes have surfaced because consignment shop owners and consignors, who bring in items they want to sell, usually split the proceeds from their item sales 50/50 with the store.
Many people remain angry about money they say they are owed.
“Am I the only one who thinks Donna is playing some kind of game with other peoples money?” commented Roberta Pechota. “If the items were sold the people should have gotten their money within a couple days so the business should have the money unless it was spent else where.”
Hitz declined to get into specifics about money, but said people don’t realized the overhead costs in retail.
“…They loved that store and helping people find new treasures. They might have received 50 percent of the sale price but they were paying for the building, utilities, employees, advertisement, etc,” Tammy Miller posted on the Fenton Patch Facebook Page. “…It is just too bad. I loved that store."
Hitz added that she tried to keep the business going, but for a variety of personal and professional reasons, including the failed sale of the business, it didn’t work out.
“This whole experience has really changed me radically,” Hitz said.