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Marie's Super Thrift accepting booth rentals

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For years, the owner of Marie's Super Thrift Store, located at 505 Memorial Boulevard in Springfield's Memorial Plaza, has been buying, selling and trading everything from clothes and furniture to fine jewelry and china.

But with age taking its toll on him, owner Johnny Brown said it's time for him to slow down and shift the way he conducts business.

"We're going to change into booths after the first of the year," Brown said. "Right now, we are offering big sales in order to free up some space here in the showroom for the booths."

Brown, who is currently signing up vendors for the booths, said he will leave half of the first floor of his 16,000-square foot showroom for his buy, sell or trade items coming in and out of the store, as well as the full second floor of the building's showroom.

He said he hopes to transform his store into an antique store, similar to the Springfield Antique Barn, located at 700 Willow Street.

Brown, 61, said he considered selling the business, but decided to transition into the booth rental to alleviate some of the pressure of being at the store all day long.

"I've been doing a lot of my business using Amazon lately," Brown said. "My time of running a store full time has come and gone. I'm getting older and don't have as much energy as I used to. I used to have high energy and could go 12 hours a day full blast. I can't do that anymore."

Jimmy Capps of Robertson County, a frequent customer of Marie's, said he likes to browse through the store when he can.

"He always has something different," Capps said. "I buy a lot of tools he gets in the store."

Brown said his liquidation sale has many items in the store reduced in order to make room for the future booths that will be rented.

"They're marked down based on how long they've been on the floor," Brown said.

People interested in renting a booth can call Johnny at (615) 384-3199.

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