This time, fate led Francisco Delgadillo and his second-hand store, La Pachanga, across the river to one of the busiest intersections in East Wenatchee. It’s the popular discount outlet’s sixth location in nine years.
“It’s a very good spot,” he smiled, patting a 4-foot-high stack of imported king-size blankets, some with geometric designs, some with faces of animals. “It’s got lots of open space for lots of merchandise, and the traffic always flows by, never stops — everyone can see we’re here!”
La Pachanga reopened three weeks ago at the former site of Second Wind Bikes & Nordic, on the corner of 9th Street NE and Highway 28 (next to 7-Eleven). Months earlier, Delgadillo (in photo) had closed his location on South Wenatchee Avenue when he realized street improvements would squeeze out his roadside display area and much of his customer parking.
“I saw this space was available,” he said, “and I jumped to get it. Now, we’re filling with all the good stuff we can find.”
La Pachanga, Spanish slang for “party,” sells a huge variety of both new and used merchandise. Delgadillo buys new items from a variety of import vendors, and the used stuff through auctions, estate sales, garage sales and those gritty sell-offs of abandoned storage units.
“We like to bring in quality items,” he said. “Never junk.”
Last week, Delgadillo was filling his new 4,000-square-foot space with knee-high wooden vases, imported statuary and those stacks of boldly designed blankets. Already, the showroom was crowded with second-hand dining sets, bedroom sets, sofas, coffee tables, bunk beds and knick-knacks. With much more to come, he said.
“We’re working hard everyday to bring in more good things,” said Delgadillo. “Well, not every day. We like to rest on Monday. We had a saying in Mexico, ‘Not even the chickens like to lay eggs on Monday.’”
Details: La Pachanga, 85 9th St. NE, East Wenatchee. 630-0198. Open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.