Local furniture maker flourishes through the pandemic

El Paso News

El Paso, Texas (KTSM) — A local company making furniture is growing strong amid the pandemic.

Out of the wood works, the pandemic came and swept away his plans. Jorge Aguillera quit his job last year in January to start a business that refurbishes thrifted furniture.

“We were thinking, ‘okay, what are we going to do now?’ That’s when we came with the idea of making our own designs. OK, there’s no furniture pieces, so we can start making them,'” said owner of 3Ft Furniture Jorge Aguilerra.

His own line of record player cabinets, shelves and TV stands blew up once he started an Etsy store.

“We used to refurbish the old furniture pieces literally outside the apartment on the floor with a cardboard piece, because I didn’t want to paint the floor,” added Aguilerra.

His company, Thrift, has come a long way from selling only local. Aguilerra has now moved into a warehouse to be able to fulfill shipments and has also hired two employees.

“And our plan is to give jobs to El Paso people, that’s like one of our main goals,” he said.

Thrift now ships to all 50 states in the country and soon they will start shipping worldwide. Aguilerra said to knock on wood because everything is possible if you want it hard enough

“All you have to do is have a mindset that you want to do something and that’s it, just go for it,” he said.

You can find their furniture on their Etsy store, Amazon Handmade and Instagram page 3ft_furniture.

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