Make us your home page

New Spring Hill store sells high-end goods for thrift prices

SPRING HILL — Midway into the thrift store's first week of business, many of the goods at 2nd Chance Appliance & Home Furnishings lacked price tickets.

"They're replacements for all we sold at the grand opening," owner Timothy D. Prentice said. He hadn't had time to label them all.

The new destination for resale home goods opened Aug. 1 after Prentice saw a need in west-central Florida, based on several years of marketing home goods at yard sales and via Craigslist and eBay.

He calls his store a one-stop shop for inexpensively furnishing an apartment, home or dorm room with higher-end hard and soft goods. He pointed out a leather-upholstered bedroom suite with queen and king beds, an Ethan Allen china hutch, a five-piece girl's bedroom set in stylish white, and an Amana washer-dryer combo.

The hutch and washer-dryer combo were each priced at less than $300.

"I think the prices on furniture and appliances will be our main attraction," Prentice said.

As for competition from other thrift stores, he added, "We beat them for quality. We try to stay away from low-end stuff. We're trying to offer good product for better value."

Taking note of an outlet that sells scratch-and-dent appliances, the new entrepreneur said, "I'll beat them by 10 percent."

Among the goods at 2nd Chance is an array of kitchenware, including heavy cast aluminum pots with glass lids and specialty bake ware. Among the soft goods: a faux fur throw and modern-design decorator pillows. Hand and power tools include Craftsman brand. A limited line of men's, women's and children's clothing bears name-brand labels, Prentice pointed out.

His neighbors in Village Square will notice goods coming in by the truckload, Prentice said. He buys in bulk from auction houses around Tampa Bay and beyond, plus estate sales' leftovers.

Occasionally, Prentice, 32, will offer an item that puzzles even him — for instance, a flexible net-hanging tower with a half-dozen compartments — maybe, he suggested, for compartmentalizing lingerie, or for a cat's climb and play, or for netting crabs.

"At $1.99, you can use it any way you want," he chuckled.

Prentice said that after spending 15 years in the restaurant business, "customer service is my thing."

As confirmation, he asked a couple browsing for a TV stand what height they wanted and their preference for wood or metal. He penciled their desires and contact information in a book, telling them he takes the wish book with him when he shops his sources.

Currently, the endeavor is staffed by family members and friends, including the owner's sister, Lauren Prentice, and his son, Deakon, 11, who likes to work with a bottle of Windex.

Contact Beth Gray at

.fast facts

2nd Chance Appliance &

Home Furnishings

What: Resale of high-end home goods at thrift prices

Where: 5117 Commercial Way, Village Square, Spring Hill

When: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday

Phone: (240) 439-9634

New Spring Hill store sells high-end goods for thrift prices 08/20/14 [Last modified: Wednesday, August 20, 2014 4:32pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Tampa Bay cools down to more moderate home price increases

    Real Estate

    The increase in home prices throughout much of the Tampa Bay area is definitely slowing from the torrid rate a year ago.

    This home close to Bayshore Boulevard in Tampa sold for $3.055 million in August, making it Hillsborough County's top sale of the month. [Courtesy of Bredt Cobitz]
  2. With successful jewelry line, Durant High alum Carley Ochs enjoys 'incredible ride'



    As a child Carley Ochs played dress up, draped in her grandmother's furs.

    Founder Carley Ochs poses for a portrait in her Ford Bronco at the Bourbon & Boweties warehouse in Brandon, Fla. on September 19, 2017. Ochs is a Durant High and Florida State University graduate.
  3. At Menorah Manor, planning paid off during Irma

    Nursing Homes

    ST. PETERSBURG — Doris Rosenblatt and her husband, Frank, have lived in Florida all of their lives, so they know about hurricanes.

    Raisa Collins, 9, far left, works on a craft project as Certified Nursing Assistant Shuntal Anthony holds Cassidy Merrill, 1, while pouring glue for Quanniyah Brownlee, 9, right, at Menorah Manor in St. Petersburg on Sept. 15. To help keep its patients safe during Hurricane Irma, Menorah Manor allowed employees to shelter their families and pets at the nursing home and also offered daycare through the week. The facility was able to accommodate and feed everyone who weathered the storm there. [LARA CERRI   |   Times]
  4. After Irma, nursing homes scramble to meet a hard deadline

    State Roundup

    TALLAHASSEE — Florida's nursing homes and assisted-living facilities find themselves in an unfamiliar place this week — pushing back against Gov. Rick Scott's administration over new rules that require them to purchase generator capacity by Nov. 15 to keep their residents safe and comfortable in a power …

    In this Sept. 13 photo, a woman is transported from The Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills as patients are evacuated after a loss of air conditioning due to Hurricane Irma in Hollywood. Nine have died and patients had to be moved out of the facility, many of them on stretchers or in wheelchairs. Authorities have launched a criminal investigation to figure out what went wrong and who, if anyone, was to blame. [Amy Beth Bennett | South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP]
  5. Trigaux: How Moffitt Cancer's M2Gen startup won $75 million from Hearst


    TAMPA — A Moffitt Cancer Center spin-off that's building a massive genetic data base of individual patient cancer information just caught the attention of a deep-pocketed health care investor.

    Richard P. Malloch is the president of Hearst Business Media, which is announcing a $75 million investment in M2Gen, the for-profit cancer informatics unit spun off by Tampa's Moffitt Cancer Center. Malloch's job is to find innovative investments for the Hearst family fortune. A substantial amount has been invested in health care, financial and the transportation and logistics industries.