FASHION FITS YOUR BUDGET – Willy and Pam Marsh stand in Closet Consignments Boutique next to one of their many displays of new to gently used apparel, shoes and accessories. They now offer furniture, crafts and home decor. I-O Photo by Deanna Wakkinen
By Deanna Wakkinen, I-O Reporter
From a town rich on values and community comes our ‘Spotlight on Business’ which highlights a business, gives emphasis on their contributions to our community and remembers their history.
Few and far between are the businesses that can make it, generation after generation and continue to grow and expand. Closet Consignments Boutique has done exactly that, beginning as Helen’s of Conrad, owned by Helen Prewett and moving down the line to her granddaughter Pam Marsh.
Marsh, along with her husband Willy, bought the business in 1984; her grandmother had owned and started the moderate to high end retail store in 1972. After relocating to their current location 410 S. Main Street, which had been JCPenny, from the Pondera Village Shopping Center, Helen’s of Conrad was transformed into a consignment store in 1998.
Over the years, Closet Consignments has continued to offer fashion and new to like new quality that fits in your budget. There are clothes for the whole family and you’ll rarely see the same item twice, giving Closet Consignments a unique flare.
Having offered resale prom dresses for many years now, the Marshs have substantially grown their prom dress selection and sales during the past four years. They now carry over 200 dresses at any given time. Consignors come from all over the state to buy and sell.
Closet Consignment Boutique is now part of a much larger picture as is now the Downtown Consignment Mall. The mall’s inventory changes almost daily and welcomes crafters, arts, collectibles, antiques, knick knacks and furniture. The Boutique also offers brand new, not on consignment, jewelry offered by Marsh. She also offers hair pieces and formal wear accessories.
The Consignment Mall has three part-time employees and is also lucky to have Mourine Grubb, Pam’s mother, there to help every step of the way.
The Downtown Consignment Mall is also host to the drop off location of National Laundry in Great Falls. Laundry is picked up week to week and is collected on Thursdays.
The Marsh family brings the community together each summer for the All-Around Town Garage Sale which they organize. This year marked their fifth for the event. W. Marsh is also responsible for the beautification on Main St. in front of the mall with his impressive spread of geraniums.
Closet Consignments is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. They can be reached at 278-5343.