From furniture, to glassware, to tables and tools, most items at the Eagle Loan and Consignment at 106 Eagle St., in Vilonia appear to be priced for bargain hunters.
The inventory, according to owners Jason and Krisa Bell, is priced to sell resulting in constant turnover — everything except one item, Krisa teased — and that’s a 44-year-old 1970 toy Tonka Winnebago purchased by Jason. It reminds him of his childhood. As a child, Bell said he had one just like it. It was purchased for him by his grandmother.
"I lost it in a house fire," he said. "Really, the only reason I bought this one is to put in here and look at every day."
The toy, priced at $150, may be a little rich for some buyers’ pocketbooks, he said. It doesn’t really matter, he added. "This is the one thing in the store I don’t care if I sell."
If there was a potential buyer, Krisa said jokingly, her husband would grab it out of their clutches.
There are also a few other items they don’t want to sell, including a dozen or so Eagle figurines and a large puzzle picture of an Eagle that hangs on the wall — all gifts from their customers. There’s also the centerpiece of the store, an eagle holding the first dollar the couple made.
A pawn shop and consignment store, the business offers booth rental and live auctions. The auctions are held at 6:30 p.m. every Tuesday night in a separate area designated on the side of the store.
Thos attending the auctions may come in ahead of time, Krisa said, on Mondays after 5 p.m. and view the auction items as well as leave a bid. Local auctioneer Jared Fowlkes handles the bidding. For those who are hungry, Smokin’ Joe’s concessions sells barbecue sandwiches and shaved ice.
A family-owned and operated business, Krisa serves as the manager. She said she has always wanted to own a business. Krisa’s parents, Gary and Karen Lambert, also lend a hand in the operation. The store has been open since June 16. However, they had planned an opening in late April. The tornado hit and downed the place they were planning on renting causing the delay, Krisa said.
With the city reeling from the tornado, she said it was risky decision to open. They didn’t know if they would have customers or not. However, Krisa said they’ve made the right decision and have been pleased with the turnout.
"We prayed about opening with so many affected," she said. "Then, we thought, what better way to show the community that we had faith it would come back strong?"
The regular hours of operation are 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays. For information, call 796-4855.