ABBEY ANNS BLACK FRIDAY SALE!!!!!
50% OFF Items 50$ or less!
Select Dressers/Couches/Recliners – 25$ after discount!
51 West Avenue, Tallmadge
Furniture New & Used – Buy/Sell – Antiques – Appliances - Collectibles – Estate Liquidations – House Wares – Sofa & Futons – Beds & Frames – Dog Cages – Dining Sets – Hardware – Patio Furniture – Mattress Sets – Vintage & Retro – Tools – Home Health Care – Mowers – Snow Blowers – Gifts – Desks/Office – Air Conditioners – Heaters – Bedroom Sets – Shelves – Cabinets – Much More!
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(Limit one item per customer)
Please View the “Abbey’s New Arrivals” Page to see some of our current items (tab at the top of the site).
We always have a very large inventory of almost everything you could think of and couldn’t show you everything on the site.
Please view the “Store Photos & General Items” page for some general store photos and items you can expect to find at Abbey Ann’s
Please stop by and see everything we have(location and map in main menu above).
We also buy items daily at our store from 2pm – 7pm. We can also arrange pickups for larger items and loads.
Click on “We Buy” above or call 330-630-5813 for more information.
We have a constantly growing selection of items daily.
We are always negotiable and our friendly staff will work with you on prices. Don’t hesitate to make an offer ..no reasonable offers will be refused.
-We Accept: Cash, Credit, Debit, PayPal or Money Order
-Sorry: No checks, American Express
-We also offer delivery. Ask us for more details and availability.
Andy Oboyski & Mary “Abbey” Ann Arney
Founder – Mary Ann Arney, Born in 1936 in Akron, OH
Husband – Melvin J. Arney
Parents – Flavil and Ruth Fisher
Children – Timothy, Daniel, Terrence and Jerry Arney
“The Brief History Of Abbey Ann”
Mary Ann Fisher was raised by Flavil and Ruth Fisher who were from Silver Point, Tennessee. Her father Flavil was very poor. He was raised with no bathrooms and was forced to quit school in the sixth grade in order to support his family. Flavil married Ruth and moved to Akron, Ohio. He got a job at Firestone Rubber and worked there for 35 years without ever missing a day of work. Flavil walked to work everyday with holes in his shoes, got a nickel a day to buy milk and a sandwich for lunch. Being poor was a struggle for Flavil. He grew his own food in a garden, chopped his own wood, and even lived for a brief period of time without any electricity or gas. He was not alone though, as he had his family there to support him. Ruth worked hard taking care of their house and their three daughters; Helen, Mary Ann, and Joni Fisher. There was a bright side to this lifestyle, however, as it encouraged and influenced his family to be self empowered individuals. Flavil and Ruth instilled a strong work ethic into their children. The three girls helped by doing chores in and out of the house and even sold food from their garden to help pay the bills. Mary Ann and her sisters were brought up in a very strict environment and were not allowed to play games or stay up late. They were taught to work hard for everything they got in life.
Graduation and Marriage
Mary Ann graduated from Kenmore High School in June of 1954 and went to work the next Monday at Ohio Bell. Two years later in 1956, she married Melvin Arney. Mary worked hard putting Melvin through college and helping him establish both of his businesses which were Metro Exterminating and Metro Little Mart. In 1958, Mary gave birth to her first son Timothy. She had three others afterwards; Daniel, Terrence and Jerry. She continued to help her husband Melvin while at the same time was raising four boys. Her marriage to Melvin J. Arney lasted 21 years, ending in 1977.
Mary Ann was on her own while raising four teenage boys. She worked constantly to support her children which meant that sometimes she had to have two or three jobs at a time. Mary started going to garage sales to buy items which she then sold at her own sales. In 1983, she came across a small consignment shop which was named “Recycle It”, located at 2137 State Road. “Recycle It” was about to go out of business so Mary Ann decided to take a chance. She bought the store and all of it’s contents.
Mary was now a business owner and worked hard at her new venture. Her store was open for 12 hours a day and quickly grew; selling mainly small consignment items. Mary’s sons Tim, Terry and Jerry became involved in the business to support their mother and began to sell furniture, antiques, collectibles and household items within the store. The Arney Family business was growing strong.
Welcome to Abbey Ann’s Secondhand!
Shortly after the “recycling craze” began, people began calling the store with the hopes of recycling aluminum due to the name of the store, “Recycle It”. This prompted Mary to change the name. She remembered her childhood girlfriend who had a speech impediment and could not pronounce Mary Ann and instead would call her Abbey Ann. The name “Abbey Ann’s” fit perfectly. “Abbey Ann’s Secondhand” was born!
The new name and hard work by the family increased business rapidly. Family members and friends of the family decided to branch out and expand the business, opening up six franchise locations in a two year period. After years of hard work, Mary Ann felt blessed with the success of the business. Around this time, Mary noticed that “Tom’s Carpet Barn and Antiques” was for sale. This building was the most beautiful building on State Road in Cuyahoga Falls. Mary Ann took another big chance and invested her life’s savings in the property and turned it into a new “Abbey Ann’s”.
Mary Ann was right. The building was filled with beautiful merchandise and the building itself was so extravagant that everyone loved it. “Abbey Ann’s” now had customers coming from all over Ohio and dealers from many different states. Mary Ann finally realized that she had made it in life with a successful business and family. Then the unthinkable happened. Two months after Mary had purchased the property, an electrical fire started in the store, destroying the store along with all of it’s contents. The family stood across the street and watched as their dreams burned to the ground.
Mary Ann was now left with nothing but still had to pay for the building which was destroyed. The Insurance Company tried to wear her down by taking five years to finally come up with a settlement. Mary Ann’s strong upbringing, will, determination and family support enabled her to keep moving forward.
About one month after the fire, Mary was contacted by “Circle Furniture”, which was located at 51 West Avenue in Tallmadge, Ohio. They told her that they were going out of business and that they would like to sell the property. Mary Ann did not hesitate, and with her son Tim Arney, made a deal to purchase the property. The Family working together, along with the store’s loyal customers resulted in the rebuilding of “Abbey Ann’s”.
Shortly After the Tallmadge store was opened, Mary helped her son Terry Arney open up a two story store in Merriman Valley and also helped her other son Jerry operate two stores on State Road in Cuyahoga Falls. She continued her quest to be successful in life working 12 hours a day seven days a week. Over the next five years, Mary Ann was able to rebuild “Abbey Ann’s” and overcome the devastation which the fire had caused by remaining an unstoppable business woman.
Mary Ann has always been able to adapt and handle any obstacle that has been placed in her path. As time went on and changes in the economy occurred, she began selling whatever the public desired which included new items and reproductions. Recently, over the last five years she has been able to consolidate locations, moving stores into the Tallmadge location and also opened up a new store at 1662 Brittain Road in Akron, Ohio.
Mary Ann still works seven days a week at our two current store locations; 51 West Avenue in Tallmadge and the Brittain Road location in Akron. She continues to help her sons Tim, Terry and Jerry Arney as well as her grandson Ryan Arney operate and continue to build “Abbey Ann’s Secondhand” for the future. The business has also recently expanded onto the internet by using Facebook, Craigslist, Abebooks.com, and also listing items on eBay.com.
Thank You Mary
This brief story can only highlight a portion of the amazing life of Mary Ann Arney. Her story and her life has been dedicated to her four boys as she has always put their success before her own. Abbey Ann is truly an amazing woman with an amazing story.
This story was written by Terry Arney in dedication to Mary Ann Arney aka Abbey Ann. Simply said, Thank You, and We Love You.
Flavil & Ruth Fisher
Mary Ann, Danny, Terry, Timmy & Melvin Arney
Easter Sunday 1964
Mary Ann & The Arney Boys
Front(Left to Right): Terry Arney & Danny Arney
Back(Left to Right): Tim Arney & Mary Ann Arney
Abbey Ann Hard At Work
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