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By Stacy Drake
A family passion pays off for community
What started as weekend yard sale fun for a couple who enjoys estate-sale hunting has turned into a mainstay business for Jerry and Kay Ryberg, who have now been selling their unique products and giving back to the community for 23 years in Nevada City.

Second Time Around, which has been located for the past 19 years at 112 Argall Way in the Seven Hills District, specializes in selling quality, gently-used furniture and antiques.

In addition to operating a long-running business in Nevada City, Kay and Jerry continue to donate extra inventory to the homeless shelters Divine Spark and Hospitality House and to organizations like Women of Worth to name a few.

“We also put items in front of the store that are intended to be free to anyone who needs them, especially the homeless folks,” Kay says. “Our community is so honest that we have to put a sign out saying the items are free or else no one takes them. No one has abused the offering yet, showing how much respect for business we have in this community from all walks of life.”

Kay and Jerry also proudly display artifacts and art from their Native American heritages. Jerry (AKA Gerald Big Ears) is a Mountain Maidu and Kay is a mixture of Chippewa and Cree, also known as Metis (Metees) in her tribe’s culture, which means “mixed blood.”

“Jerry thought it would be a nice display of the local Native American heritage by displaying his own personal artifacts and I have added some of my own,” Kay says. “My ancestors are from Canada and Montana; Jerry’s are local.”

They Rybergs are also running a legitimate family business these days as their son, Jason, his wife, Maria, and grandsons Benjamin and Bronson all integral parts of the operation.

“Benjamin and Bronson are invaluable to us providing needed computer expertise and muscle,” says Kay, who points to their ability to help clear a house of all belongings in one day, an invaluable service for a business that at times needs to move a great deal of newly acquired inventory quickly.
Second Time Around’s inventory mostly comes from estate sales or are consignment items. The business also delivers items for customers, many of whom return over and over again.

“My favorite part of my business is the people I get to meet, and we almost always end up developing a nice, long-lasting relationship. People like our service and our merchandise and most become repeat customers,” Kay says. “Many of our customers comment how happy they are to not have to go out of town for the services we provide and often past customers will just stop by to say ‘hello’ and check in and that means a lot to us.”

Second Time Around is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. For more information, call 530-265-8844.
Jerry and Kay Ryberg and their family have kept the doors open for 23 years at Second Time Around in Nevada City. From left: Jason Ryberg, Bronson Ryberg, Kay Ryberg, Jerry Ryberg, Maria Keyser and Ben Ryberg.