PLYMOUTH - Corner Collective is getting ready to celebrate its fourth anniversary in town March 31 with a sale offering 10 to 50 percent off their vast collection of unique items, ranging “from the early 1800s to yesterday.”
Jim Palin, owner of Corner Collective, an “upscale flea market,” located in the Rite Aid Plaza at 8 South Main St., Terryville, said that he first came to town four years ago. Before that, he was in Unionville for 18 years and he has a total of 35 years in the business.
“Business has picked up dramatically within the past couple of years through word of mouth,” said Palin. “People are starting to find us and see what we have to offer.”
Palin partially attributes his success to the fact that Corner Collective is not laid out like your average flea market.
“We were the first high end flea market in town,” said Palin. “We aren’t in a claustrophobic factory building with disorganized shelves. We’re in a former bank space with big windows that take in a lot of light. It’s bright, open, airy and cheerful. There’s a lot of room to move as you look around. It’s more of a down-home feeling.”
Corner Collective has five “main-stay” vendors as well as a rotating group. Palin added that he currently has vendor space available. Palin also does estate liquidations, which he said is an area he aims to grow as he continues to find success in town.
“My goal is to make sure that we have as many different types of displays as possible,” said Palin. “There’s something for everyone.”
Recently, Corner Collective cleared out a house in West Hartford and acquired chairs from the 1950s with original upholstery. He also has vendors selling vinyl records, vintage Boy Scouts memorabilia, vintage Disney memorabilia including signed and numbered cels, Scentsy wax melts, lamps, artwork and more.
“There’s always something new to see,” said Palin. “One of our more interesting finds in the past was in a barn in the backwoods of Northford. We found an old liquor-making still which we brought into our shop and sold and now it is on display at a bar in Hartford.”
Palin added that he has had dealers coming from Boston and New York to purchase from him because he offers good deals.
Corner Collective is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
For more information, or to inquire about becoming a vendor, call 860-798-2198.