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Shop Talk: Trove Warehouse

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You never know what you’re going to find when you pop into Trove Warehouse, but you can bet your bottom dollar that whatever it is will be unique.

Located at 2325 Wood Ave., Trove carries a variety of furniture and accessories for the home− everything from lighting and pillows to custom upholstery and rugs.

“We are a boutique warehouse,” said Lauren Barker, who co-owns Trove with her mother Cindy and sister Breane Walter. “When you walk in our store, the product is very eclectic. We try to inspire our customers and offer them a mix-and-match look.”

The trio −whose family manufactured furniture for more than 90 years− sources merchandise for the 5,600-square-foot store from the United States and beyond, and it’s roster of vendors is always growing.

“When we go on buying trips, we are always looking for something new,” Lauren said.

Trove opened in February 2011. Like a lot of retailers, its owners went into business for themselves because they couldn’t find what they were looking for when they went shopping.

“We envisioned a store that paired different styles of furniture with one another, but still flowed,” Lauren said. “So many people have furniture items that they don’t want to get rid of, but need them to work in a room. We want to show you how to keep your dining room table, but buy cool chairs to change or update the look. We also wanted to offer customers like us the economical route. It was important to us to have quality furniture, but at prices that everyone can afford.”

Trove Warehouse
2325 Wood Ave., Columbus
Phone: 614-429-8526
TroveWarehouse.com
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Store Hours: Thurs. and Fri.: 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sat.: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

They also strive to make Trove a place where shoppers can walk in, feel comfortable, and hang out− no pressure and no salespeople breathing down your neck.

What helps Trove stand out from other home décor shops in the area is its concept and prices, Lauren said.

“Trove is a low-overhead operation and we extend that into the cost of the furniture by keeping prices low,” she added. “We also have a ‘here today, gone tomorrow’ concept. We get new stuff every week and sell directly off the floor so our store is constantly changing.”

Photos by Walker Evans.

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5 Responses to Shop Talk: Trove Warehouse

  1. loopyluella April 12, 2013 10:15 am at 10:15 am

    Yayy Trove!

  2. Walker Evans
    Walker April 12, 2013 1:38 pm at 1:38 pm

    I have to say that I was really impressed just by the scale of this place. I’ve grown so accustomed to local furniture shops being more on the “boutique” side of the business that I was kind of blown away to see 5,000 sqft of furniture in a spot that was not a chain. ;)

    If anyone hasn’t been in here yet, plan on spending some time to explore the whole place. It’s big!

  3. geoyui April 12, 2013 2:50 pm at 2:50 pm

    FYI it’s a little hidden from the street. Just drive behind the gas station and you’ll find it. We’re picking up pillows we ordered from them tomorrow.

  4. readysetdisco
    readysetdisco April 14, 2013 6:05 pm at 6:05 pm

    Never knew this place existed, excited to check it out! I wonder, benevolent CU overlords, is there a better way you can display photos? I really want to see all of these, but clicking on each one and going back to see more is exhausting.

  5. Walker Evans
    Walker April 14, 2013 7:47 pm at 7:47 pm

    A future version of the site will include a better image gallery rotator. For now, your fingers will get a mini-workout. ;)

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