|The Bargain Center in Palisade reopens|
|Written by Wauneta Breeze|
|Friday, 15 January 2016 16:48|
Bob Top is “back home again” at The Bargain Center, a re-established business in Palisade. (Pat Holder | Johnson Publications)
By Pat Holder
The Wauneta Breeze
After closing its doors for a year, the open sign is once again in the window at The Bargain Center in Palisade.
Originally opened in 2004, husband and wife co-owners Bob and Marilyn Top ran The Bargain Center for ten years before they decided to take a break.
Yet when they found they missed the store, especially the people, they decided to reopen. And Jan. 1 this year, the business once again opened its doors.
The store offers a unique collection of items for sale including furniture, antiques, collectibles, ceramics, lamps, jewelry, primitives, kitchen implements and toys.
In one of the front display windows sits a rocking chair and a beautiful old speckled enamelware coffeepot, among other display merchandise. The other window features an old cone-shaped kitchen strainer with wooden masher, a vintage doll house and a plow. Adjacent to a green Frankoma coffee set displayed in the back room sit two saddles.
The store received statewide recognition in an article in Nebraska Life magazine’s August 2009 issue. The article mentioned the “delightful mix” of merchandise.
The customer base at The Bargain Center is just as varied as the merchandise. B. Top said he has visitors from all over the place— even some regulars from Arizona, who come to the area two to three times a year to visit a relative in Culbertson. They always make it a point to drop in at The Bargain Center to shop.
B. Top mentioned they have customers from kids and locals to antique dealers. They are all drawn to the unique selection the store offers, something he acquires from auctions, estate sales, garage sales and sometimes customers come in with some interesting thing B. Top just can’t resist.
Another draw bringing the customers into The Bargain Center is the prices. B. Top makes it a priority to keep prices reasonable in keeping with the name of the store, which he explains is as much of a theme as it is a name.
B. Top got into the business because he likes going to auctions. He and his wife originally had a shop in Wauneta they ran with his sister but moved the store to Palisade because it was “closer to home,” B. Top said.
Eager to get the business going again, the Tops find customers have been faithfully on the lookout to see if the store would reopen, and they are delighted to say it has.
The store is open 9:30 a.m. MT/10:30 a.m. CT to 4 p.m. MT/5 p.m. CT Monday through Saturday. The Bargain Center can be reached at (308)882-0343.