Star Valley Landmark Celebrates 17th Birthday

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If you've lived in the Rim Country any length of time, you've probably driven past Rim Furniture & Appliance on Highway 260 in Star Valley dozens of times.

But if you've never stopped in for a closer look, you're in for a surprise -- and another option for mattresses, furniture and appliances. Owner Steve Glissendorf's 7,000-square-foot facility is comprised of a procession of rooms strung together in a long line.

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Steve Glissendorf, owner of Rim Furniture & Appliance, displays some of the colors the popular padded microsuede fabric comes in. Glissendorf, whose first job in the Rim Country was busting tires by hand, opened his Star Valley business 17 years ago.

Glissendorf, who hails from Wisconsin, was the first tenant in the front part of the building. In the back was a candle factory.

Today that first room houses new furniture -- recliners, sofas, loveseats and some sectionals -- along with some consignment furniture and antiques.

"We've only been doing new furniture for about seven years now," he said. "We're getting more into it."

Glissendorf carries Franklin and Excalibur furniture, both of which he says are comparable to La-Z-Boy in terms of warranty.

"I'm not into the name game so much," he said. "This leather chair is running $499 in our store.

"It's got a lifetime warranty on the mechanism; it's got five years on the cushion breakdown. It's actually a little better warranty than La-Z-Boy.

"A lot of people haven't heard of Franklin, although it's getting to be known. The price difference is about $200 less than some other stores."

Excalibur is based in California, and Glissendorf has one of their sectionals featuring the hottest fabric going.

"It's a padded microsuede material," he said. "It's very, very washable, more than any cloth material you can find.

"It feels like suede, acts like suede and actually washes better than suede."

The fabric comes in many colors and the sectional can be custom-ordered to fit your specific needs.

"You can put a sleeper in them; you can put a recliner on one end; you can have a table in the middle," he said. "You'll have it in 30 days."

At one end of the original room Glissendorf has a collection of new and used appliances. His new appliances are Crosleys.

"A lot of older people have heard of Crosley," he said. "They used to make cars and refrigerators.

"They were the first company to put shelves in a refrigerator door -- about 1939 or 1940. It was called the Crosley Shelv-A-Door.

"If you opened a 1942 GE, the door was just a hollowed smooth thing. They couldn't put shelves in the door for seven years until (Crosley's) patent ran out."

Today Crosley is made by Maytag -- part of an appliance company consolidation Glissendorf says is hard to keep up with.

"Maytag has already bought Amana and Tappan and Admiral and Magic Chef and Jenn-Air, and now Whirlpool is trying to buy out Maytag," he said. "It's just a big game."

White appliances are still the staple, but Glissendorf says that stainless steel is coming on strong, while black appliances hold about a 10 percent market share.

The next room down, Glissendorf calls "economy corner."

"It's all used in here," he said. "It's a mix-match; everything gets thrown in here."

Including an 18-foot long bowling alley and a whole bunch of mauve table lamps.

"A guy came down from a motel one day with a whole load of those in his truck," he said.

Next comes the service room, where all Glissendorf's used appliances are thoroughly checked out.

He also offers complete appliance repair services.

The next room is a mix of new and used furniture, including a lot of dinette sets, and the final room houses new mattresses.

"We have pretty much the best bed prices in town," Glissendorf said.

The line he carries is manufactured in the Valley by Quality Beds, which also makes mattresses for Spring Air.

"They all use the same springs and materials," he said. "It's just whatever name's on the cover."

Outside in the parking area is a huge collection of used appliances, divided into two categories.

"Everything from here down is probably going to be crushed, and everything from here down is stuff we think has potential," he said, standing in the middle. "Sometimes just being brown or harvest gold or green is enough to condemn it.

"But about half of this stuff will eventually be restored to functional, so we're kind of like recyclers too."

Mattresses are Glissendorf's best seller, followed by used appliances. He accepts some items on consignment and he purchases some outright.

He's especially eager to buy wood furniture.

"Wood is getting hard to find," he said. "So much particle board is coming in. I'll even take things with potential that can be sanded down."

Glissendorf now owns and occupies the entire building, and he's coming up on 17 years in business at the same location.

"We must be doing something right to last that long," he said.

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