A customer once called our original location "the best kept secret in Charles City", due to our rural setting several miles in the country on a gravel road. When we first opened our doors in 1995, they were garage doors. We operated out of the owner's three stall attached garage! We offered used furniture, appliances, antiques and second-hand miscellaneous items, everything from dishes to lawn mowers, sometimes even used cars! We offered credit to customers that otherwise would not have been able to purchase furniture.
Our owner, Mike Dugan, became known for letting customers make payments of whatever they could afford, $25.00 even $10.00 or $5.00 at a time. Our advertising consisted of "word of mouth" and once a week we would travel to gas stations, grocery stores, anywhere with a bulletin board to hang fliers showing what we had in stock. Everyone fought for that job each week!
In time, as the customer base and inventory grew, we saw the need for more space. In September of 1996 we moved to a 4000 square foot metal building several miles to our home location and remodeled the inside. The expansion gave us the showroom we needed to start offering several lines of new furniture.
Our growth continued steadily over the next couple of years. We made a baby step of renting a retail space on main street (finally in town!) before finding our home in our present location at 101 9th Street in Charles City in 1999. This location had been known as a furniture store for upwards of 30 years prior to our move. In this location we were finally able to stretch our legs with plenty of room at 15,000 square feet and showcase all new furniture. We stayed with our roots, however, and continued to offer the second-hand furniture and appliances at the home location until they also moved into town in 2000. We also added a third location at 320 E State Street in Algona in 2001.
Today our locations at 101 9th Street and our Algona store offer many lines of new furniture including La-Z-Boy, Ashley, England, Best Home Furnishings, Restonic mattresses and Mohawk brand floorcovering.
The Furniture Barn is owned by Mike and Sandra Dugan. We employ anywhere from 10-20 people with everyone being "friends and family" including their two daughters and son-in-law. The Algona store is managed by Kevin and Christy Angell, husband and wife and long time friends of the family. Our staff would be delighted to meet you and assist you in your shopping experience.
Over the course of years we have become (to say the least!) highly experienced at moving furniture! In 2007 we started to offer our skill as a moving service. We have traveled much of the state and are known as a trusted name in moving.
Thank you for visiting our website and reading our history and if you can make it into one of our locations, our family would love to meet yours!