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By Marissa AmoniFor The Beacon-News November 18, 2011 12:08PM Photo by Marissa Amoni: Matt Volkman stands inside Everything Under the Sun, a new thrift store at 47 E. Illinois Ave. in Aurora. Volkman, of Aurora, works at the store and fills it with items acquired from area storage facilities. } Marissa Amoni Photo Article Extras Updated: November 20, 2011 2:38AM If you haven’t seen the reality TV show “Storage Wars” on the A&E Network, then you might not realize how exciting it can be to win all of the contents of a storage locker. But when a storage unit’s rent goes unpaid, everything behind the door goes up for auction, and the result is a battle to win some good loot and then sell it at a profit. Matt Volkman and Tim Oros know some of that thrill since they recently started engaging in their own storage wars. Their winnings are now on display and for sale at Everything Under the Sun, a new thrift store at 47 E. Illinois Ave., just west of Broadway Street in Aurora. “Everything that you see in here is what I gambled on,” said Volkman, of Aurora, who said he learned a lot about the resale industry when he worked at Thrift and Dollar on Lake Street.Oros, of Montgomery, owns the building that also houses Mr. Wonderful Motorsports next to the thrift store. Oros also buys cars at auction. Volkman said they recently won storage items at auction from J and J Self Storage in Oswego. He added that the thrift store contains only items won at auction, and no donations. The showroom at Everything Under the Sun is filled with furniture, including items such as a Henredon bedroom set and Bassett Furniture pieces, housewares, fine China, collectibles, office and stereo equipment and more. Everything Under the Sun is open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. They are closed on Mondays. Grand openings Fruitful Yield celebrated its grand opening on Saturday. The store recently opened at 155 N. Randall Road in Batavia. In July, the natural health store’s owners announced that they would shutter their small, longtime store at Aurora’s West Plaza and move to a new, larger location along Randall Road. Fruitful Yield specializes in organic foods and produce, wheat-free and gluten-free foods, vitamins, herbs, homeopathic remedies, natural health and beauty products, natural pet products and green cleaning products. Call the store at 630-897-3490 or visit fruitfulyield.com.­ Goings Big Bob’s Flooring is shuttered at 291 Montgomery Road near Douglas Road in Montgomery. The signage on the building is down, and the phone number transfers to the North Aurora location at 200 Alder Drive. A salesperson at the North Aurora store said they have consolidated the stores to better utilize warehouse space. The Montgomery store closed about a month ago.Big Bob’s Flooring — a national flooring retailer with about 30 stores nationwide. It offers various flooring products, including laminate, wood, carpet and vinyl. The company also offers installation services. The flooring chain, with headquarters in Shawnee Mission, Kan., was founded in 1984. A spokesperson there would not comment on the Chicago-area closings.Contact the North Aurora location at 630-897-2627.

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