The History of Bazaar Home Decorating…
In the early days of Bazaar, started in 1969 in the old St. Charles Catholic Church, the mainstay of the business was fake fur. We sold remnant pieces by the pound. Each day, we would fill the bins with the new pieces of fur. We quickly became known as a quality fabric company with great selection.
When reflecting on our past, we have realized how important it has been in shaping the way we do business and our strong community bonds. We are reminded of a story that quickly became part of the culture of this, now 3rd generation, company.
For many days – maybe even weeks – there was this one beautiful piece of fur in the $1 a pound fur bins. Everyone liked it, but when they weighed it, they would put it back into the bin. The reason for this was the piece had a big heavy seam right down the middle of it. This made the piece very heavy and very expensive, probably $5.
One Morning, my dad said to me, “When somebody decides to buy that piece, I want you to give it to them for nothing.” As luck may have it, a very distinguished man walked in that very day and chose this amazing piece of fur. When he came to the counter to pay for it, I relayed the story to him that we had decided to give it for free. He smiled, said “THANKS” and then left.
About a week or so later this man returned and spoke to my dad. At this time, he identified himself as the owner of the Deerskin Shop in Waukesha. He handed my dad a package and asked him to give it to me in return for giving him the free fake fur. He had brought mittens back to us, as a gift to us, for showing him kindness and generosity.
This story remains as a foundational piece of our business today. Giving back to the community will always be part of who we are. Loyalty, service and great value…serving our community for over 65 years.