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Our New Showroom is Open for Business!

Our old showroom is officially closed, and our new address is:

5595 Raby Rd. Bldg 3 Norfolk, VA 23502


Our new showroom is located only about a mile away from our old showroom. Click here for directions!


We now have 90,000 sq. ft. worth of space, filled with desks, chairs, filing cabinets, and more. Come visit us!

(757) 855-2800
5595 Raby Rd. Bldg 3
Norfolk, VA 23502

Hours of Operation:
Mon-Fri: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Sat: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

What is Small Business Saturday?

Below is a great description of Shop Small. Office Furniture Outlet is a locally owned small business.  We will be open for 2012’s Small Business Saturday from 10:00am to 4:00pm. Come by our 10,000 sq ft showroom and check out our quality used office furniture.  We are located at 1124-B Kingwood Ave, Norfolk, VA 23502.

You’ve heard of Black Friday—the day after Thanksgiving, which for years was known as the busiest shopping day of the year. Then along came Cyber Monday, the Monday after Thanksgiving, which quickly became the busiest online shopping day of the year.

Since 2010, there’s also been a special shopping day, Small Business Saturday, to help small retailers get their share of the consumer holiday spending spree. American Express established the Saturday after Thanksgiving (during one of the biggest shopping weekends of the year) as the day to help small retail businesses get extensive exposure, and hopefully attract customers. Small Business Saturday, which falls on November 24 this year, is a day that rewards everyone—from the small retailers who create jobs, to the customers who buy locally and support these small retailers. It’s all about invigorating local economies and helping communities thrive.

Last year, over 100 million people came out to shop at independently-owned small retailers on Small Business Saturday. Now, in the event’s third year, American Express is planning for Small Business Saturday to be even bigger. That is why at insureon we wanted small retailers to get the most out of the day by utilizing the free tools provided by American Express.

Visit the “Promote My Business” section of the Small Business Saturday site, where you can download personalized in-store signage, social media and email templates to promote your business and the day. Create your own campaign to get your community involved; then get inspired by reading about how other small business owners made the most of their Small Business Saturday last year.

In addition, qualifying small businesses can create free personalized ads that link to their websites or Facebook pages. American Express will run these ads in a geo-targeted ad buy at no cost to the businesses. Ads are available while supplies of inventory last. Terms, conditions and eligibility restrictions apply.

By Rieva Lesonsky

Rieva Lesonsky is CEO of GrowBiz Media, a media and custom content company focusing on small business and entrepreneurship. Follow Rieva at Twitter.com/Rieva and visit her website, SmallBizDaily.com, to get the scoop on business trends and sign up for Rieva’s free TrendCast reports.

via insureon | What is Small Business Saturday?.

In the Era of Big Boxes, a Day for the Little Guy – ABC News

As a locally owned retailer we had to share this story about choosing to buy local — Saving CHAGRIN HARDWARE!

Office Furniture Outlet is a Locally Owned Retailer of New and Used Discounted Office Furniture.

By AMY SANCETTA Associated Press

CHAGRIN FALLS, Ohio January 25, 2012 (AP)

It began quietly, as an email to 40 friends.

But when a steady stream of customers began coming through the door before the family-owned Chagrin Hardware had even opened for the day on Saturday, it was clear that it had turned into much more than that.

The idea started with Jim Black, a resident of Chagrin Falls, a close-knit village in Cleveland’s eastern suburbs that is part artist colony and part bedroom community. Black posted the email to a group of his friends. “Let’s show our support for one of our local businesses,” he wrote. “I challenge everyone to spend AT LEAST $20 at the hardware on the 21st.”

Although his email referred to the idea of a “Cash Mob” or the notion to “Occupy CF Hardware,” he really had no political agenda. And it wasn’t meant as a protest against the big-box stores that have created an ever-tightening circle around the community.

It was just a way to thank Chagrin Hardware’s owners for a beloved shop that has been a fixture in the village since 1857.

“These are good people who needed our support,” Black said. “It’s just that simple.”

The store, overlooking meandering Riverside Park and the Chagrin River in the middle of town, has been run by the Shutts family for the last 72 years. It passed from uncle to father to older brothers Rob and Kenny and the three youngest, Steve, Susie and Jack, who run the store today.

Black’s note was forwarded and forwarded and forwarded again. Calls started coming in from folks out of state who wanted to make a purchase over the phone.

Rob Schwind

In the early morning hours of Saturday, Jan…. View Full Caption

In the early morning hours of Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012, Rob Schwind shovels the sidewalk in front of the Chagrin Hardware in Chagrin Falls, Ohio. The Shutts family, which has owned the hardware for the last 72 years, was preparing for a community-driven “Cash Mob” of the store to happen that day. (AP Photo/Amy Sancetta) Close

And when the day came, so did the shoppers — one by one, with dogs on leashes and children in tow, hour after hour until the hardware was teeming with customers.

“This is small-town America,” said resident Martine Scheuermann, a bag of pet-safe ice melt in her arms and her Springer Spaniels tapping their toes on the worn wooden floor at her feet. “This is a special family business in a town where everybody knows you.”

The store has seen its share of tough times. Road construction on Main Street at the store’s front door some years back crippled business for a time. More recently, the weakened economy and the big boxes have stolen away customers.

On this day, though, those storylines were forgotten.

By 10 a.m. the place was jammed. By 1:30 p.m., the credit card machine was overloaded and had to be reset. “This is so cool,” said Steve Shutts, a mix of joy, wonder and happy exhaustion spread across his face. “I’ve seen people today I haven’t seen in years.”

The line at the checkout stretched in two directions as people with snow shovels and light bulbs and fireplace grates and vintage movie posters and horse shoe caulk — yes, horse shoe caulk — waited to pay.

Chad Schron, 38, came with his 8-year-old son Robert. “We didn’t have anything we had to get, but we found things we had to get,” he said. As he spoke, Robert clutched an Ohio State desk lamp and two flying monkey toys to his chest.

“When I was a kid, my Mom would send me down here with a note to let me buy BB’s,” Schron recalled. “Lots of kids did that back then. The notes still are in a drawer over there,” he said as he pointed past the register to a wall of wooden drawers containing everything from old springs to screws. In the drawer still labeled “BBs” were stacks of crumpled notes dating to the ’50s, from mothers just like Schron’s

When the final customer had finally left well after closing time with her fuzzy dice and floodlights, Schwind and Steve Shutts tallied the day’s receipts. Shutts shook his head at the wild and unexpected ride.

He wouldn’t say how much the store made that day, but was clearly pleased with the outcome.

“Thanks to Jimmy Black,” he said. “Thanks to everyone. Thanks to Chagrin Falls.

“What a place to live.”

via In the Era of Big Boxes, a Day for the Little Guy – ABC News.