With a passion for collecting, one local couple launched a business that brings bidders unique items and a rewarding bidding experience. Read on to learn more.
With more than 400 items available to bid on every week on their website, Cincinnati-based auction website “Look What I Found” truly has something for everyone.
Among the wares available at any given time are antiques, furniture, collectibles, household items, tools, musical instruments, art, books, video games, CDS, sports memorabilia, electronics, and other unique pieces, which owners and founders, husband and wife John and Whitney Yarberry, spend their weekends finding at garage sales and thrift stores. Bids start for every item at incredibly low prices, with everything from old figurines to electronics and sterling silver jewelry starting at only $1, $2, or $3.
Look What I Found auctions once a week, lasting from Monday morning until Sunday evening. Items can either be picked up at the warehouse at 4956 Provident Dr. or shipped to the winner. Payment is collected at the time of pickup.
Look What I Found has been holding auctions since April 2015. The Yarberrys started out auctioning goods on sites such as eBay and Craigslist but soon outgrew those platforms. “We saw an opportunity to bring a family owned auction business to the market that offered people a unique experience to find items they couldn’t live without,” the Yarberrys explain. Though the company has grown since its inception – the Yarberrys recently expanded their warehouse from 2,000 square feet to 3,600 square feet, allowing more objects to be bought, stored, and sold – it is still small, with a total of five employees, counting the Yarberrys, and a cosigner base of 100. Look What I Found has a bidder base of about 3,000.
The Yarberrys say that the size of their business provides it with “the kind of customer service that sets all small businesses apart. We go above and beyond to accommodate our customers and consigners. This can mean anything from shipping items for a reasonable price or listing our consigners’ items in a two-day turnaround period.” Another feature that sets Look What I Found apart is the one-of-a-kind website, “a user friendly experience that brings bidders back daily.”
Ultimately, Look What I Found aims to serve both the buyer and the seller, and the Yarberrys “want our customers to get excited about the items we offer up each week. Just as we have a passion of finding items, we want our customers to have that same experience when bidding on our website.”
Future goals for Look What I Found include branching out to do estate sales, marketing to new demographics, and possibly setting up a franchise.