When Bob and Andrea Huffman started a family, they joined eBay and began selling stuff.
“Gold and silver and smalls,” said Andrea Huffman, who had a career in banking before moving to Waldport.
The Huffmans were able to stay home with their children by buying and selling. When the storefront at 140 NW Highway 101, near the traffic light in Waldport, became available, “We went in head first,” said Andrea. They opened Lil Joes in their first storefront in October of 2013.
“People need stuff,” said Bob.
The Huffmans were able to offer affordable used furnishings, decorative items, jewelry, gear, tools and all kinds of things.
“Providing a need,” said Bob, by offering “affordable used things in good condition.”
At first the Huffmans filled the original 3000-square-foot storefront next door to their current location at 180 NW Highway 101 in Waldport themselves, going to garage sales, estate sales, buying complete estates and from people bringing items to the store.
It’s changed a lot since then, said Andrea. Three years ago, they began renting space to vendors. Today, they have 35 at their current location, and business is good, said Andrea.
But that wasn’t always the case. When the space Lil Joes occupied was sold in October 2018, the Huffmans relocated the business to a location on Highway 34, moving a few blocks east.
“We may as well have been 40 miles upriver,” said Bob. While locals stayed loyal, the space was much smaller and walk-in traffic much less.
Fortunately, the space Lil Joes now occupies, right next door to the original location, recently became available.
“We’re back,” said Bob. “Being on 101 is everything.”
Lil Joes returned to the intersection of Highways 101 and 34 in July and Andrea says that business has been great since they relocated.
“It’s still very busy,” she said. “We’re still open seven days a week. We used to close on Sundays by the end of September.”
“The vendors are wonderful and they keep their booths full,” she continued. Some vendors are local, others are from as far away as Coos Bay, Bend and Eugene.
“There’s something for everyone,” at Lil Joes, said Andrea. “There’s a big variety.”