Online auction company Everything But The House has tripled its presence in Louisville.
The company just moved from a 800-square-foot warehouse into a 2,400-square-foot warehouse facility. Both warehouses are located in the Bluegrass Commerce Park in Jeffersontown.
“We are quite happy. You needed an engineer degree to figure out how to get stuff in there or out there,” said Jerri Hack, a relationship manager for Everything But The House in Louisville.
The large warehouse will allow the company to bring on more clients in Louisville, Southern Indiana and the surrounding counties, she said.
Hack wasn’t sure if Everything But The House would also add more employees locally to staff the warehouse. “We have such of a streamline process that I am sure we will be adding people as we grow. I don’t have any definite figures,” she said.
Everything But The House currently employs 20 people; some work in the warehouse, while others work with clients, take photos of the items for sale, research information about each item and manage the auctions.
The Cincinnati-based company has experienced “tremendous growth” since it began operating in Louisville, Hack said, adding that it started to see improved consumer awareness of the brand in 2015 when it auctioned off items owned by the late Sam Swope, a successful car dealer and local philanthropist.
“Sam Swope was a beloved person in the community and that helped jump-start the EBTH name” locally, she said. However, the company still isn’t where it wants to be in terms of name recognition.
Employees have been building partnerships with real estate agents, interior designers, estate and divorce attorneys, and others who can help point them to clients wanting or needing to auction off furniture, decor and other household items.
“I would sure like to get more high-profile clients. I would like to grow and develop the market at a deeper level,” Hack said. “We are not quite there yet.”
But she thinks Everything But The House could be a household name in Louisville in the next year.
For those who haven’t used the site before, Hack said people should be aware that if someone bids on an item in the last five minutes of the online auction then the time for bidding will be extended, allowing others to submit bids.
“We try to make it feel like an actual auction,” she said. “We are also able to make sure we are pulling through as much value for our seller.”
What’s the most memorable item Hack has sold? A coffee table that a couple had purchased for $5 at a Louisville yard sale.
The couple had planned to throw it out for junk pick-up day, but Hack said she held them off and later found out that it was a famous midcentury modern design. The table sold for more than $10,000 in an online auction.