What began as a part-time opportunity that grew into a full-time operation. Heidi started this business as a way to make money on the side. With continued growth, she was able to leave her job and operate her Facebook group and business full-time. This year, after 11 years at JWP, Justin was able to resign and run their business full-time. It was then that the two decided it was time to expand into a larger space. The two reached out to the Champaign Economic Partnership and were thrilled to quickly find a space they had previously considered 2 years prior. Heidi said, "This wouldn't be possible without the help and support from their families." They are currently operating their business with the help of their families but hope to hire employees as the business expands.
Currently Hometown Bargains will be open Saturday from 10 am - 5 pm, Sunday from 11 am - 5 pm, Monday 10 am - 5 pm and Tuesday 10 am - 5 pm or while supplies last. They plan to continue online sales through their Facebook page on Wednesdays. Pricing for items in bins makes it easy for shoppers to know what to expect, on Saturdays everything in bins are $7, Sundays are $5, Mondays are $3, and Tuesdays everything in bins are $1. Whole pallets are also available for purchase. Heidi advised that hours are subject to changed as the business continues to grow. Make sure to follow their Facebook page for updates and changes.