Seven years ago, Tammy Trebian, Common Cents Resale co-owner, was looking for a job. She got into antiques by accident.
She and her husband, Allen, opened their first antique store in Dubuque, and later moved to downtown Elizabeth when they found their current building for sale at a great price. They have found that the storefront makes a great location in a great community.
As you walk into Common Cents Resale, your eyes will light up as you take in their wide variety
of unique, one-of-a-kind finds. Whether you are looking to decorate your home, update your wardrobe, find a good read or search for the perfect piece for your collection, you are sure to find an item that you will fall in love with.
The Trebians pride themselves on offering treasures that no one else has, specializing in the rare antiquities. Each visit is just as exciting as the first, as the store inventory is always changing with new additions.
The extraordinary items that fill the store come from a variety of locations. Some are donated, while others are hand-picked by the owners from various locations, stores and auctions around the U. S.
Common Cents has a partnership with Hospice of Dubuque, donating a portion of the proceeds on donated items to the organization. So far, they have raised over $10,000 for hospice.
As well as selling antiques, the Trebians also offer complete buy out services for estates, complete clean out services and free consultation services.
Throughout the years of owning the shop, Tammy has met many people, and has seen many antiques make their way in and out of her door. She enjoys hearing different stories from her customers, each one unique and meaningful. One of her favorite stories involves a German toy plane that was missing a few pieces.
One day, a woman from Germany visited the store, and was excited to find the toy plane because her mother used to work in the factory that manufactured them. She remembered her mother bringing the planes home to work on, assembling them on their kitchen table. The woman purchased the plane as a gift for her mother, who had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. Seeing the plane brought back many memories, and her mother was able to work on the plane just as she had many years before.
Tammy has found that visiting her store brings back many memories for many different people. She finds it fun and interesting to help customers find that one item that they have been looking for, that one item that could have been thrown away and lost forever, but was found and made it to the person to whom it meant the most.