Stuff Etc is a consignment service operation that is dedicated to providing consignors the best return on their merchandise, while providing buyers with quality, low cost shopping. Considering both the consignors and buyers as our customers, everything we do at Stuff Etc is focused on complete customer satisfaction.
Our journey to Stuff Etc
Stuff Etc® Quality Consignment Stores are currently Iowa’s largest department consignment store group. It certainly didn’t start that way, nor was it ever conceived that it would grow so dramatically.
We started out in 1985 with the name of Kids Stuff and Kountry Kreations. Our first storefront in Iowa City was on Highland Ct in a 750 sq ft building in a light industrial area where we shared our building with a bar and a sheet metal shop. We dealt only with children’s merchandise and country crafts. In spite of the lousy location for retail, our business started to grow.
After a year there, we decided to build a new building on Keokuk St. This increased our space to 3000 square foot (as seen here). After 6 years we outgrew this location and moved into a new location on Pepperwood Ln that had 10,000 square feet.
Our customers and consignors were asking for more than children’s merchandise, so we decided to branch out and make our store a department store. Country decor was on its way out, so we dropped that completely and decided to change our name to Stuff Etc.In 2000, we decided to add a second location. With some apprehension, we rented an 8,000 square foot space in Coralville. However, our apprehension was quickly replaced within a couple years with an urgency to find a larger space. In 2003 we decided to venture into the Cedar Rapids market. We rented a 21,000 square foot space on the west side of Cedar Rapids. Meanwhile, in Coralville, we began building a new store on Commerce Drive that was 36,000 square feet on 2 levels (our current location). In July of 2005 we moved our Iowa City store into a 24,000 square foot space in a strip mall at Pepperwood Plaza (once a Best Buy). In December of 2005 we opened a second Cedar Rapids store on the east side. In 2010, we sold our very first franchise in Waterloo and opened our second franchise in Davenport in 2011.