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Outlet offers quality pre-owned furniture in Washingtonville

October 7, 2012
Morning Journal News

WASHINGTONVILLE - There's large choice of quality new and used furniture and home decorations at the Budget Furniture Outlet at 900 W. Main St.

The store is located in former Washingtonville Pharmacy and opened on Aug. 25.

Owner Gwenda Leadbitter said the emphasis is on quality pre-owned furniture.

"It's solid and ready to go out the door," she said of the merchandise ranging from full dining rooms, living and bedroom items that she and her boyfriend and business partner, Bob Fookes, buy at estate sales and auctions.

"Mostly auctions," she said, "four to five times a week. We're always buying, just about everyday."

Fookes has 23 years in the retail (mostly) furniture business and his family owns the Boardman Auction Gallery in Leetonia. His parents used to do antiques in the 1980s and 1990s.

The Budget Furniture Outlet is family-owned and operated business along with their 23-year-old daughter, Alleisha. It has 4,000 square feet of showroom space.

The store is also an outlet for James A. Traficant Jr.'s artwork.

The former Mahoning County sheriff and U.S. Congressman was released from federal prison in 2009 after serving seven years.

Leadbitter said she ran into Traficant at a local restaurant he bought some furniture at Budget Furniture.

The paintings by Traficant sell for $100 for the smaller pieces and $150 for the larger ones.

"Some were painted while he was in prison," Leadbitter said, "and some in 2012."

Leadbitter said, "Another thing is, we carry a lot of name brands."

She reeled off a list of top-line furniture like Ethan Allen (a complete bedroom suite for $528.98) Thomasville, Lexington, Henredon furniture, Broyhill, Lane Bassett and La-Z-Boy are in the showroom.

Living room suites can run from $128 to $589 and one, four-piece coffee table and end table set had a $78.98 price tag.

The store also carries Murano Glass.

"Layaways have always been pretty good," Leadbitter said, "with 20 percent down and 30 days to pay it off. If they go 32 days that's OK."

The current grand opening will continued until Dec. 1 and Budget Furniture Outlet coupons will be in the mail.

Fookes also owns Roadrunner Movers so delivery and pickups are no problem for Budget Furniture Outlet for a small fee.

There are two warehouses, a six-car pole building in East Palestine and one in Washingtonville.

There is room behind the showroom to store used bedding merchandise.

Since they wanted to focus on the Columbiana County market, Leadbitter said the looked all over ... North Lima, Calcutta and even Youngstown for a location and Salem Realtor Bruce Capel "had it and we liked it."

Store hours are Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. and on Sunday from 12 p.m. until 5 p.m.

For more information, call 330-817-0010.

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