From Student to Business Man
At Wallaroo’s Furniture and Mattresses, we have a passion for bringing the hottest deals to the Pacific Northwest. While we love all forms of furniture, we specialize in a wide selection of high-end mattresses and furniture. We offer these items to our customers for the lowest price possible. This is due to our unique, factory-direct sourcing. We’re able to create affordable, Wallaroo’s exclusive furniture that is higher quality and at a better price than our competitors.
Wallaroo’s began in 2014, during owner Nathan Chetrit’s senior year at Gonzaga University. As an accounting student, Nathan used his number crunching abilities and business savvy to flip furniture. By mid-2014, he was able to open a small warehouse, which was only open on the weekends. Business is all about supply and demand, and his furniture and mattresses were in demand. After thinking on it, he decided to unenroll from his Master’s program at Gonzaga University and work at the shop every day.
Unexpected and Exciting Growth Through the PNW
This business eventually became Spokane Overstock — the predecessor of Wallaroo’s Furniture and Mattresses. Spokane Overstock specialized in selling high-end overstock from companies like Home Depot and Macy’s. Eventually, Nathan branched out into selling factory-direct mattresses from Serta and Simmons. Nathan worked as the only salesman for the first two years and learned the importance of customer satisfaction. This is a core value of Wallaroo’s. We ensure our customers leave Wallaroo’s and Spokane Overstock stores happy. Sure, there will always be mistakes, but Nathan insists we find a solution that will thrill the customer.
As business was booming, Spokane Overstock opened its first storefront in 2015. Nathan was able to begin importing new furniture from his suppliers. Nathan also began curating his unique approach to sales culture—without massive price tags and middlemen to keep happy, pushy sales folk seemed unnecessary. Instead, we focus on offering the best value in town and letting the furniture sell itself. Our sales folk focus on ensuring our customers find items that fit their needs and aesthetic. From the moment you enter our doors to the moment we drop your furniture off at your home, we want to ensure you are 100% satisfied with your experience.
Finding Love and Success
The next few years were spent growing, expanding, and evolving. In 2017, Nathan opened Coeur d’Alene Overstock, followed by locations in Boise and Missoula in 2018. By mid 2018, having moved away from selling overstock from Macy’s and Home Depot, the company was ready for a change in brand. Thus, Wallaroo’s was born.
Around this time, Nathan met the love of his life, Bailee, and began a new adventure as a family man. Since Nathan met Bailee, she has been an integral part of the business and her eye for design can be seen in many of our pieces, like this one! The couple has two children and are passionate about ensuring every family has access to affordable furniture.
2019 was filled with new challenges and adventures. While already purchasing directly from manufacturers abroad, Nathan values in person communication and meeting face to face. This meant a trip abroad to China to meet with his business partners and discuss the future and determine how to navigate Tariffs.
In 2020, Wallaroo’s is excited to move forward. With locations in Spokane, Boise, Coeur d’Alene, and Missoula, we’re looking to branch out nationally within the next 5 years. We’ll be updating this blog weekly on Thursdays with tips and tricks for purchasing furniture, more information about the Wallaroo’s story, and features on our Wallaroo’s exclusive items. If you’re interested in exclusive deals and content, be sure to subscribe to our monthly newsletter!