When Mark Lewien was growing up in tiny Plymouth, Nebraska he loved visiting a little 5 and dime store called Orth's. That store is long gone, but six months ago, Mark & his wife Jo opened up small thrift store that the locals could drop by instead of traveling to the city.
Many American soldiers are coming home from fighting overseas and looking for a fresh start. Mark Lewien is one of those people. He's an Iraq War veteran from Jefferson County who is doing whatever he can to help himself and the residents of his hometown.
The Lewien's second-hand store is appropriately called 'A Penny Saved."
Plymouth is a small town with a big heart and that's exactly why Mark and his wife Jo chose to open a second-hand store in Plymouth last August, "I think it's good for everybody because with the economy the way it is right now. In this area around DeWitt and Beatrice we've lost a lot of factories and a lot of people have lost their jobs and they've moved on to other things and some are still struggling to keep the boat afloat."
Times are tough all over and people are looking to save money wherever they can so when it came time for Mark and Jo to name their store, that was easy because 'A Penny Saved' is a penny earned for the people of Plymouth.
Mark says, "If we can sell them a pair of jeans for two dollars instead of paying 10 bucks or 12 bucks. that's big savings."
There's a little bit of everything in 'A Penny Saved.' From DVD's to furniture. Items ranging from practical to unique. And rest assured, this is not a junk store. Jo says, "I want this to be like a recycle department store, that's what I want. Think of it as going green we're recycling things."