Interior design background helps owner build Furniture Brat

Interior design background helps owner build Furniture Brat

Furniture Brat’s warehouse show floor features one-of-a-kind furnishings sourced from vendors around the world. It includes custom upholstery and leather options. (Becca Smouse/Community Impact Newspaper)

The beginning of Furniture Brat was anything but smooth for owner Amanda Shaffie who worked through a name change, multiple relocations and the hurdles of a growing business during the COVID-19 pandemic. But Shaffie, better known as Sassy Jacq, was determined.

“I know how to interior design,” she said, reflecting on her 30-year career in interior design. “I know how to put things together. Wearing that hat also was very instrumental in what Furniture Brat has come to be.”

The beginnings of Furniture Brat started when the single mom of four took a part-time job at a local furniture store making a humble hourly wage to help put food on the table. Two years later, she took over that business. Two years after that, she was signing a lease on her own furniture warehouse.

“I’m going to make this happen one way or another,” she said.

The business started out as Dandelion Outlet, a furniture shop selling scratch-and-dent items. While business was doing well, she wanted more. Shaffie saw the construction of new commercial property on Germann and Gilbert roads and knew she had to move there.

“I could see how all of that vision that I had from when I first started was just coming together, and it was bigger than even what I had anticipated.”

Shaffie was involved in the design process during construction, selecting every detail from floors to ceiling height to the outlet covers. A fateful interaction with a particularly difficult customer became the origin story of the store’s unique name.

“The lights just went on: We all want what we want,” she said smiling, recounting the memory. “We’re all furniture brats.”

The warehouse features a wide array of home furnishings, including couches, tables, quirky throw pillows, snarky tea towels and even custom-made candles. Working with vendors from around the world, Shaffie says she looks for things that are one-of-a-kind to feature on her floor.

“I love things that have a story,” she said. “If it’s authentic, if it’s inspiring or if it’s funny, I want it in my store.”

Since opening her doors in November 2020, Shaffie said business has been growing. She’s grateful for the support of the community and the customers who have become friends and family.

“The value I’m looking to bring is to inspire you to create,” she said. “We sell things, but we’re about people.”

Showing off

Here is what customers can find at Furniture Brat.

  • Pieces from 120+ vendors from around the globe
  • 500+ pieces on the floor at a time
  • Custom-made upholstery and leather furniture items

Furniture Brat

425 E. Germann Road, Ste. 105, Gilbert

480-821-5200

www.furniturebrat.com

Hours: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sun., closed Mon., by appointment Tue., 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Wed.-Sat.

Note: Guests must be 12 years of age or older due to light industrial zoning restrictions

https://communityimpact.com/phoenix/gilbert/business/2022/04/07/interior-design-background-helps-owner-build-furniture-brat/

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