July 1, 2015 by Tammy Pearson
For Jim Comer, owner of Midwest Collectibles, which recently opened on the Square in Greenfield, establishing a storefront was a logical next step in expanding his eBay business.
Comer has been selling collectibles online for a few years, and opening his own store
was the “logical next step,” he said. It allows him another avenue for sales — as well as an opportunity to display his inventory and “build relationships.”
His online sales allow him to turn over his store’s inventory frequently, he said.
His store features “collectibles, antiques and primitives — it’s everything,” said Comer. From watches to radios, jewelry, African masks, toys, shot glasses and Stetson hats, the store includes a range of items. Seasonal items will be rotated.
Soon, Comer’s business will also feature some furniture — antique and modern — as he expands into the storefront next door. He may also add an outerwear/work wear line.
Comer said he buys and sells. If he is not interested in purchasing what someone has to sell, he may be contracted to sell the item on eBay.
Comer, who lives in Elliott, said he was drawn to Greenfield for several reasons. “I like the town. It’s a beautiful little city,” he said. “It’s clean and everyone is friendly.”
Comer said he became familiar with the community during trips to shop at local antique stores.
Greenfield is also “centrally located to do what I do — go to auctions.”
Comer worked as a restaurant manager for many years in Las Vegas. “I hated it,” he said. Then he took his father’s advice and “found a way to make money doing something I enjoy.”
And what he enjoys is “the finding and discovery” of unique items to sell. But he does not get “attached to the stuff” he buys, so it is priced to sell, he said.
Midwest Collectibles is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and whenever else Comer is around. “If the door is open, I’m here” and open for business, he said. “I want to be here as often as I can.”
Courtesy of Tammy Pearson, Adair County Free Press, 7/1/15.