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Eastside Dollar fills local niche

Published 11:10am Thursday, June 2, 2011

AUSTIN — Austin will have a second chance at some new and used treasures.

Eastside Dollar & Consignment, 205 11th St. NE, opened April 27 to fill a unique void in Austin, owner Jim Baldus said.

Baldus converted the building, which housed Eastside Dollar & Video, from a dollar and video store to a dollar and consignment business. Baldus said inventory from the dollar store was sitting unused in the building since that business closed more than a year ago, so when discussions began about opening a consignment shop, he sprang at the chance.

Baldus said two other consignment businesses were interested in the property, including the now closed Better Than New, so when both passed, he was ready.

“We had all the dollar store stuff over there already,” Baldus said.

Eastside Dollar & Consignment specializes in larger consignment items, including furniture and appliances.

Eastside is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesdays through Fridays, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays.

Baldus also owns Jim’s Supervalu Foods and Star Liquor, both in Austin.