‘Like a Treasure Hunt’ of All Kinds of Finds at $5

Jersey Shore Estates Retail Store Opens on Giffordtown Road
Apr 10, 2019

Jersey Shore Estates has opened up a storefront in Little Egg Harbor where past estate sale items will find new homes, and a jewelry repair specialist will be onsite. The shop opened April 1 in a new plaza at 112 Giffordtown Rd., behind the Acme Market.

Store owner Jay Zimmerman has run estate sales and home cleanouts for nearly a decade, and his wife, Amanda, is now involved by his side. The store merchandise includes items that did not sell at estate sales, which will surprise browsers when they stop in.

Separately and additionally, in one section of the bright new space, Nick Reno of Nick’s Professional Jewelry Cleaning & Repair will be able to clean, polish, rhodium plate and repair customers’ jewelry. He also changes watch batteries. His phone number is 609-335-0411.

Jersey Shore Estates retail store will feature tools from screwdrivers to power saws; collectibles; books; CDs; DVDs; records; costume jewelry; antiques; a few craft supplies; and some small furniture pieces.

Decoys are going to fly off their lower shelf since they’re either artfully decorative, functional for hunters, or obviously old with peeling paint. “Some are legit; these are the old hand-carved ones,” Zimmerman affirmed, picking up one worn waterfowl.

The price point for most items for sale is an even $5.

“Almost everything in the store is going to be $5; of course, some things will be less and some things will be a little bit more,” said Zimmerman when we visited the day before the shop was due to open.

“All of the jewelry in the entire store is five bucks. There is jewelry with original tags of a hundred dollars on it.”

The mix of vintage and new pins, rings, earrings, bracelets and necklaces calls out its colors and shapes to little girls, big girls or anybody looking for a gift. Joan Rivers-brand dressy sets sit next to costume dinosaurs, cats and dragons. Gemstones and semi-precious stones just must be snapped up. Some was originally in two jewelry stores that Jersey Shore Estates bought out.

Revolving Supply

Of Good Stuff

The beauty, too, is that the inventory will change often.

“We just get a huge amount of inventory, so instead of pricing it and selling it slowly, the idea is it’s $5 and out the door as quick as we can get it in,” said Zimmerman.

It comes from estate sales. Some people are moving, some homeowners have died, and relatives call Jersey Shore Estate Sales & Services to liquidate.

“You absolutely never know what you’re going to find; it’s a treasure hunt,” described Zimmerman, and that applies both to what he does and to what shoppers in the store will encounter later.

“We of course sell what we can during the estate sale, and the stuff that doesn’t sell, we have to figure out how to move it out. We donate clothing, and the linens and towels and blankets go to the SPCA for the animals.”

Some things in bad shape have to be dumped; stinky stuff is not among what’s for sale here. But lots is left, and they came up with this business model by finding a store to sell it in. The good stuff gets another chance at a good home, and it’s cool for customers to get surprising finds for $5.

Tools to Glass,

They’ll Go Fast

We had better get to those tools now for the men and women who have work to do.

An old wooden planer probably from the ’40s crosses the line between a conversation piece on the fireplace to a well-made tool still for use.

Tire irons take up another bin on the metal shelving lining the right side of the store. Screwdrivers are so plentiful that you could pick the handle in whichever color appeals – unless somebody bought a slew of the first batch already.

Black and Decker drills are just one of brand-name power tools. Shoppers can pick up a battery charger for a vehicle, table saws, a power washer, “a little bit of everything.”

Speaking of finding good names, the glassware shelves in the first week held a Lenox Rose Manor serving piece, Hummel collectors’ plates, older cranberry glass, and an intriguing, obviously antique Amberto pattern Royal Porcelain serving dish from Maddock’s Works.

Zimmerman enjoys the business, and the recently married couple have a busy life – he is also captain of Great Bay EMS, formerly captain of the Barnegat Light First Aid Squad when he lived on LBI.

“I stumbled into this business through the landscaping business,” he said. “I had a landscaping business on the Island since 1999, and I was just getting tired of doing that manual, strenuous labor. So, that somehow turned into this.”

“Somehow” actually was a logical evolution. Landscape customers asked for other side jobs to be done as well – the first cleanout request turned out to become an itemized online sale of a huge Hummel collection, which led to the successful sale of almost everything else in the house.

“I enjoy it,” he said. “Every day or every job you take is a different situation. Sometimes it’s sad; other times it’s exciting – people are moving and they’re excited, and we’re selling the stuff they don’t want to take with them. It’s a neat business.”

One big thing to clarify, they don’t accept items to sell.

“We cannot and we do not buy, and we don’t do consignment; we’re not a secondhand dealer,” Zimmerman pointed out. “We sell secondhand stuff, but we do not purchase. That’s a whole other ballgame; you have to apply for a secondhand dealer’s license” and follow other regulations, he said.

The store is open seven days a week. Hours are Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Friday through Sunday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

— Maria Scandale

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