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Wayne Petlock

  • Wayne and Marie Petlock, owners of Furniture Recyclers in Easthampton, pose for a portrait in their store on Thursday, February 14, 2013.<br/><br/>SARAH CROSBY

    Wayne and Marie Petlock, owners of Furniture Recyclers in Easthampton, pose for a portrait in their store on Thursday, February 14, 2013.

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  • Marie and Wayne Petlock, owners of Furniture Recyclers in Easthampton, pose for a portrait in their store on Thursday, February 14, 2013.<br/><br/>SARAH CROSBY

    Marie and Wayne Petlock, owners of Furniture Recyclers in Easthampton, pose for a portrait in their store on Thursday, February 14, 2013.

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  • Marie Petlock, owner of Furniture Recyclers in Easthampton, cleans a piece of furniture in her store on Thursday, February 14, 2013.<br/><br/>SARAH CROSBY

    Marie Petlock, owner of Furniture Recyclers in Easthampton, cleans a piece of furniture in her store on Thursday, February 14, 2013.

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  • Wayne and Marie Petlock, owners of Furniture Recyclers in Easthampton, pose for a portrait in their store on Thursday, February 14, 2013.<br/><br/>SARAH CROSBY
  • Marie and Wayne Petlock, owners of Furniture Recyclers in Easthampton, pose for a portrait in their store on Thursday, February 14, 2013.<br/><br/>SARAH CROSBY
  • Marie Petlock, owner of Furniture Recyclers in Easthampton, cleans a piece of furniture in her store on Thursday, February 14, 2013.<br/><br/>SARAH CROSBY

Job title and company: Co-owner, with my wife, Marie Petlock, of Furniture Recyclers, 31 Union St., Easthampton.

Age: 61

Your duties: Buying and selling good-quality furniture and household goods.

How did you land your job? Experience from a previous used and new furniture store years ago led to a desire to open a used furniture store.

What’s most challenging about your work?

The overhead. There are a lot of expenses in growing and operating a retail business.

What do you like about your job? Hearing all the positive comments when people come into our store for the first time.

What is your key to success? Keeping the store full of interesting and unique good-quality items at a reasonable price.

How do you feel the Valley economy will fare this year? I think it will be good. People are spending money — just making smarter choices when they do.

Why did you choose to do business in the Valley? I like the business growth that has occurred in Easthampton.

Who has helped mentor you professionally? I have done this on my own. We are forming relationships as we move forward.

Name a few of your goals for the coming year: We are looking to expand — this is our primary focus.

Tell us a little-known fact about you: I work a full-time job as well.

What is your advice for others seeking business success? It can take years to grow a business. If you can do this by not having to take money from it for your own needs, you may have a better chance for success.

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