Goodwill helps small business get started

Goodwill helps small business get started

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by Joe Smith, KGW Business Reporter

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Posted on February 21, 2014 at 7:28 PM

Updated Friday, Feb 21 at 9:23 PM

PORTLAND -- Portland is known for the unique look and feel for many small businesses. To get it, many owners are popping tags at thrift stores for those one of a kind treasures that set them apart. And it's why more and more start-ups start with a trip to Goodwill.

At the corner of Northeast 13th Avenue and Northeast Dekum Street, the P's and Q's Market is ready for another day. The inside is as eclectic as it's past lives. From church to day care center to soda fountain.

"Now it's the neighborhood corner store and cafe," said co-owner Emily Anderson.

Every square foot has a touch Emily. Goodwill was her showroom that supplied the store with 80 percent of what she need to get it off the ground last July.

"I feel like I was meant to be in a different era, so I've tried to create it here," she said.

It's a trip back in time from the door ringer to the cash register to ring up sales. There's the cake holders, baskets, jars, vases, candy trays, wall hangings, and plates.

"It's fun to buy them used because you really get cool patterns that you don't see any more," she said.

It's an example of extreme recycle, reuse and repurpose. Without thrift store shopping, it would have been too expensive to open her first business.

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