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McClatchy-Tribune  08/02/2014 10:13 AM ET
The Fayetteville Observer, N.C., Retail Therapy column [The Fayetteville Observer, N.C. :: ]

Aug. 02--Second & Charles, the buyer and seller of gently used media and entertainment items, has squeezed into about two-thirds of its original space at its Skibo Road store.

The other third, on the Campground Road side of the building, is being converted into a mattress store, according to 2nd & Charles manager Amanda Wegner. She wasn't sure of the mattress store's name.

Wegner said she likes her store's new layout.

"Basically we just rearranged," she said. "Now it's brighter and easier to see stuff."

Second & Charles sells -- and buys -- books, CDs, vinyl records, video games, DVDs, comic books, game systems and accessories, musical instruments, iPods, iPads, eReaders and other items.

"I call it 'nerd-vana,'" Wegner joked.

The 21-store chain is a division of Books-A-Million, the bookstore chain that used to occupy the space.


Are you into children's clothing consignment sales? Start marking your calendar. The public portion of the Hugs & Kisses Children's Consignment Sale will be Aug. 13-15 at the Crown Expo Center.

Two weeks later, on Aug. 30, comes the Twice is Nice Children's Consignment sale, hosted by Northwood Temple MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) that's held in the church's family life center at 4200 Ramsey St.

The Kids Exchange sale, in the Freedom Courts Sports Complex at 3126 Gillespie St., is Sept. 19-20.

And the Kid's Closet sale, at the Cumberland County Shrine Club at 7040 Ramsey St., will be Oct. 17-18.

If you want to be a consignor at any of these sales, registration typically opens at least a few weeks ahead of time.

Each of the sales has a website and a Facebook page.


What's up with Chuy's, the Tex-Mex chain that some think may be moving near Bonefish Grill?

"We are looking intently for a site in Fayetteville, N.C., but at this time have not secured a site for lease," a spokesman for the chain said in an email.

So that could mean... anything.


A reader is mourning the destruction of the Golden Corral on Skibo Road.

"Did we miss an announcement or explanation about why GC was demolished? Best salad bar in the world! Sure will miss it."

Rest easy, J.S. The chain is rebuilding the restaurant with a new design.

Just down the road, where most of the old Marketfair Mall was demolished to make way for a new design, the project's on schedule and a fall opening is planned, according to a publicist for the project. The Carmike Market Fair 15-screen cinema has remained open throughout.

On nearby Lake Valley Drive, the Patriot Cinema 14, which will include a giant IMAX screen, is taking shape. It's supposed to open this fall, too.

Have tips, questions or comments for Retail Therapy? Dish it out by emailing or contacting staff writer Catherine Pritchard at either or 486-3517.


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