Idea of The Treasure Collector started with garage sales
Written by Marge Woodfin, Pilot staff writer   
December 18, 2010 04:00 am

Tracie Gutierrez’ lifelong love of collecting has resulted in a business for her and bargains for the public.

Gutierrez, owner and manager of The Treasure Collector resale store on Highway 101 South, told the Pilot, “I did all this collecting stuff my whole life, and you can’t keep everything,” so...

Last April, she opened The Treasure Collector to help others find what they want at prices they can afford, and to relieve her overstock.

She said she’s able to offer low prices because,

“It’s all donations, I don’t buy anything.”

It all started with garage sales, she said.

“When I decided to open up, I went to all the yard sales.”

But, instead of buying anything, she did some of the sellers a favor by hauling away selected items that hadn’t sold.

On Mondays, after weekend garage and yard sales, she sends her husband, Jose, to pick up any leftovers she has agreed to remove.

“He does the hard stuff,” she said. “I do the fun stuff.”

She said she spends all day pricing, and feels like it’s for a garage sale.

“I take pretty much anything. I’m expanding, with lots of furniture, beds, couches.”

The Treasure Collector is filled with clothing, all sizes, women’s, men’s, children’s, appliances, games, books, linens, bedding – almost anything – including an organ.

“And my free room is awesome,” she said. It’s filled with a myriad of items, all free for the taking.

Gutierrez believes she’s helping everyone, from the yard sale purveyors who have leftovers needing to be removed, to the people who come to the shop looking for bargains, and those who have little or no money who still have a chance to shop, thanks to the free room.

Gutierrez and Jose moved to Brookings from California two years ago, six months after her mother had moved here, also from Southern California. She said, “I love it here.”

This isn’t her first foray into the resale business.

“I was doing this in Ojai where I helped a friend open a store, and after we moved to Brookings, I started going to garage sales and it just grew,” she said.

Gutierrez not only offers a wide variety of merchandise, she’s also willing to negotiate on prices.

“Make me an offer,” she said. “I have to keep things moving.”

She said that now is a good time to shop at The Treasure Collector because everything in the store is half price.

If you don’t see what you’re looking for, don’t give up, Gutierrez said. “Just ask.” She may have what you want tucked away somewhere in The Treasure Collector.

For more information, or to request a pickup, call 541-469-3938.

The shop, at 15711 Highway 101 South, is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday, and is closed Sunday and Monday.