Roman’s Second Hand pledges to give back
For parents Jose and Aurora Vasquez, opening a second-hand shop in downtown Quincy that’s named for their young son is a way for the new business owners to give back to the community and those organizations that they have relied on this past year.
Roman’s Second Hand sells gently used items from 404 Central Ave. S. The Vasquez family donates 10 percent of its sales to Seattle Children’s Hospital and Ronald McDonald House.
That’s because the two organizations are dear to the family. The couple’s son Roman – one of their six children – has been battling leukemia since he was 3 years old. Roman, 9, is in the fourth grade at Pioneer Elementary School.
Over the past year, it has been difficult for the family traveling back and forth to Seattle Children’s Hospital while trying to keep life here in Quincy in order; however, with the help of many people, they did it, the couple said.
“I wanted to spend more time with the kids,” Aurora said of opening Roman’s Second Hand in February. “The community helped us out when we were in Seattle. We wanted to give back.”
“If it wasn’t for people helping us out I don’t know where we would be,” Jose added.
Roman’s Second Hand has everything from furniture to clothing for the whole family. The inventory is always fresh; Aurora and Jose go shopping for items every two to three days to fill the store’s shelves.
Roman’s Second Hand’s driver also picks up donations up until 10 p.m. Most Saturdays he is going around town picking up leftover yard sale items for donations as well.
The truck will pick up items from as far as Moses Lake and Wenatchee and places in between. Donation bins are at L& R Café and Westside Pizza.
“We purchase our own inventory for sale,” Aurora said. “We also accept donations. We work closely with churches, the Department of Social and Health Services and Serve Quincy to donate to people as needed.”
For its customers, the family friendly store also has a safe children’s play area at the front of the store. Cameras will be placed there so parents can keep an eye on their children as they play. The play area is popular with parents and kids, Aurora said.
The store also has a monitor out front that shows a slide show of items for sale that are in storage so customers can see inventory even if it is not in the store.
Roman’s Second Hand is open noon to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Friday and noon to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. For donation pick-up, or a post-yard sale pick-up, call 387-1667.
Aurora is looking forward to a successful year for the business – and her family.
“We have had so many blessings,” the mother and business owner said. “We had a really rough year. You’re always thinking is the storm ever going to pass. Now it’s blessing after blessing.”
— By Tammara Green, QVPR contributor