In the fall of 2019 Laurie Steeb, the owner of Dress for Less, advised Marge Armentrout that the building she rented had been sold and she was retiring. She graciously told Marge that she was willing to donate all her equipment to the ladies of the church if we would be interested in opening a consignment store in our church.
Marge approached the women and asked if this would be something we would be interested in doing. We had the space available with the empty rooms from the daycare. Women agreed and it was presented to the board of the church who also agreed it was a good idea.
In January 2020 the rooms were painted. At the end of January the equipment was brought from Dress for Less to the church. The sign was installed, a vendor's license was applied for. The women purchased the checkout counter and Marge purchased a glass showcase from Kay Grappy who also recently closed her store. Wooden shelving was also given to us from Kay Grappy which were painted by Linda Winters.
We held several work days prior to the virus to price and sort clothing with several ladies pricing their specialty items like purses and jewelry. We had a projected opening date of April 30. Unfortunately, due to the virus our store was not opened until June 5. Our grand opening was not held until July 17 and July 18. A Chinese Auction was done during this opening with the proceeds going directly to the Methodist Women United.
Items donated that are not sold are then donated to the Way Station, Christina House or Special
Olympic bins located in the community which provide a reasonable resource to the community. With everyone's continued support we hope to remain open Fridays and Saturdays. We hope to not only raise extra money for the church but again provide a resource to the community to pass on their extra items at a reasonable price and to help them dress for success when needed.
With everyone's continued support we hope to continue to be open every Friday and Saturday.