BIG FLATS, N.Y. (WENY) -- In just two days, community staple Oldies But Goodies, will shut its doors for good; this after nearly 36 years serving the Big Flats and entire Southern Tier community.
"I don't think very many people could say they get up everyday and look forward to coming into work," says Bob Palumbo, Store Manaer. "I certainly [have]."
The store, known for its vast collection of antiques and collectables, has seen a decline in sales over the past decade--a trend many blame on the rise of Internet sales and a disinterest in Brock and Mortar stores.
While this may be the end of an era for the store, the past three-plus decades have not been without their fair share of memories.
"I would certainly like to thank everybody," says Palumbo. "It's been such a pleasure dealing with the people in this area. We've had such loyal and faithful customers. All in all its been great."
Through Sunday, prices throughout the store have been slashed up to 70% off.
But before they close, there is one last item staff say they'd like to see leave the store: an item left behind last week when a customer dropped off an antique chess table.
"There was an item inside the chess table that I think would be of value to him," says Palumbo. "It's a family item. I would like to reunite him with that but i have no way of contacting him."
That man, Palumbo says, was middle aged, driving a white Dodge Durango.
But without a phone number or even a name to go off of -- staff are hoping the community will step in to help; especially with just a few days left.
Oldies But Goodies will be open its usual business owners through the weekend.