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New Plans for Former Salem 84 Lumber Building

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The former home of 84 Lumber along Main Street in Salem has been vacant for years. On Monday, Buck Simmons will be going before Salem's City Council meeting in an effort to open several businesses in that one location.

"Outdoor flea market, inside will be a consignment shop and auction gallery," Simmons says. "You can bring items in, whether it's a complete household or just two to three items you can consign and we can sell them whenever we schedule the auction."

It's a plan he says came to him in a unique way.

"I own Valley Funeral Home on Peters Creek Road, a lot of times families don't have cash money, it's either in an insurance policy or they have to sell stuff to get money to pay for the funeral," says Simmons.

What he hopes to do is take in items as a sort of credit, removing some of the financial burden from planning a funeral.

"Lets say the funeral is $5,000 and they bring in $3,000 worth of items to consign, we would allow that much on the funeral and they would only have to come up with $2,000," Simmons explains.

If passed by the council, this business would be for anyone who's looking to buy or sell. It's an idea officials with the city say they're open to.

"Flea markets and consignment and auction are all popular uses today," says Benjamin Tripp, a planner for Salem. "People are dealing with an ever-increasing amount of stuff in their lives, and consignment business is growing and booming."

Simmons needs approval from city council to make his big plans a reality.

"Planning commission passed it with everybody voting for it. I hope city council will do the same," Simmons says.

If approved, the empty space would be home to his new business by early next year.