FULTON, NY – It all started with a vintage Coca-Cola cooler from the 1920s. Rosalie Frataccia’s boyfriend, Jason Raymond, brought the cooler home and the couple eventually sold it to a man who drove all the way from Connecticut to Fulton to retrieve it.
After this, Frataccia realized she could create a business out of the treasures she and Raymond had been collecting. And, Trash 2 Treasures was born.
“We’ve been doing it for four years,” said Fratacia.
They started out in a storage unit, then ran the business out of their home in Volney, and have now moved their residence as well as Trash 2 Treasures to Fulton.
“I’m from Fulton, and decided to bring it into Fulton because of traffic,” Frataccia explained.
She likes being on a busy street and having an actual storefront.
The grand opening of Trash 2 Treasures in Fulton was April 16 and as for business so far, Frataccia said, “It’s actually been quite good.”
Trash 2 Treasure is located at 370 W. Third St. S., in the former Mr. Mike’s storefront.
Frataccia says many customers have been excited to see business in the location again.
They’re also excited about the products she has.
“Our shop has a unique variety of a little bit of everything,” Frataccia said when describing the items in her store. “From vintage to rustic to modern, something for everyone. Out of the ordinary is what I like to call my shop. Stuff you don’t see every day.”
What is sometimes considered one person’s trash is rescued by Frataccia and Raymond, cleaned, and marked at a low price so it can become someone else’s treasure, making the store’s name very fitting.
Trash 2 Treasures is not a pawn shop, and they also don’t do consignments.
“I love shopping at second-hand stores,” one customer said.
It was her second time at Trash 2 Treasures and she was looking for items in a certain color scheme to redecorate her house.
The customer even recommended the store to her sisters and mother.
Customers are encouraged to stop back often, because Frataccia and Raymond are always out hunting for new treasures.
Frataccia’s ultimate goal is to someday own and operate her own auction company, in which case she would take consignments. For now though, she’s content to see where Trash 2 Treasures takes her.
“People come in and we talk and listen to music and they look around,” said Frataccia. “I love meeting people, and talking. And then they come back and spread the word.”
Trash 2 Treasures hours are Tuesday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Wednesday 3-7 p.m., Thursday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Friday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. – 3 p.m., Closed Sunday and Monday. Summer hours will be different.