In 2008 the economic environment brought many unexpected changes for people across the KC Metro area. For Kathy Gharst, a longstanding member of the Olathe community, economic uncertainty prompted a move from the corporate world to business ownership.
At first, Kathy’s knack for interior design, and love of well-made furniture resulted in the opening of New Again Furniture Consignment. Consigners brought in furniture from every era, some of it vintage outdoor furniture in need of a little TLC. Kathy knew there had to be a way to preserve this high-quality furniture, and began researching restoration methods. Her husband, Michael Gharst has an ex-tensive background in sales, and quickly learned the techniques. With that, New Again, Inc. was founded. It was time to let the masses know of their new service.
Kathy and Michael cold called multi-housing property managers, hotel and motel general managers, and directors of Kansas and Missouri parks and recreation departments, explaining the cost-effective, eco-friendly alternative to buying new furniture. And it was a success! Since the transformation in 2011 they have serviced over 3,200 commercial and residential customers.
New Again, Inc. provides the KC Metro community and surrounding states with budget-conscious, environmentally friendly ways to refurbish, anything from vinyl strapped pool furniture to grandma’s vintage glider.
For Michael and Kathy, restoring superior quality outdoor furniture should be considered no different than reupholstering a high-end sofa. If the frame or “bones” of the sofa are still in good condition, then it makes economic and environmental sense to refurbish it rather than replace it. Recycling patio furniture enables clients to retain their initial investment and express their individuality and fashion in a way that is both chic and unique.