New consignment shop soon to make its return to Reed City

Memories Consignment LLC set for June 21 opening

REED CITY — A familiar favorite among the Reed City community open its doors next week and make a triumphant return to town.

Owned and operated by Janel Eichenberg, Memories Consignment LLC is on track to open June 21.

This will not be Eichenberg’s first time being in the consignment business. For about three years, she ran a consignment shop in downtown Reed City on Main Street.

“I closed that (store). I needed some knee surgery, so I couldn’t continue working at the store,” Eichenberg said. “I just always had it in my mind I was going to do this again,”

The only thing she had to do was find a suitable location for her new storefront.

Eichenberg said a friend of hers mentioned the location of a former Antique Shoppe located on Chestnut Street in Reed City.

At one point, the former Little Engines & Hardware occupied the location in which Eichenberg has now set up shop.

“I came out and looked at it, we got a hold of the realtor and signed papers within a few days, and then it was mine,” Eichenberg said. “We’ve been working on it all winter and, of course, spring.”

On some days, Eichenberg said she and her husband worked from sunrise to sunset to get the store prepared and ready to go when customers arrive.

From repainting and shampooing the carpets, to bringing in items to eventually be sold and updating the sign in front of the store, Memories Consignment LLC has a new home on Chestnut Street.

The new location is nearly 5,000 square feet, which is significantly larger than the previous downtown location.

This has allowed for the construction of fitting rooms, as well as the addition of a men’s section — two things that were severely limited in the past.

Eichenberg said she has had to temporarily withhold from accepting new items, simply because she already has so many items to sell, but she doesn’t expect that to always be the case.

“I have consignors of clothing and accessories, and I also have consignors of furniture — there’s more coming in,” Eichenberg said. “Hopefully, we’re going to have new stuff all the time.”

It didn’t take long for Eichenberg to get back into the swing of things, making a series of phone calls to some important people upon choosing a location.

“As soon as I found out that I was going to do the store, I got a hold of my old consignors — they were so excited,” Eichenberg said. “Everybody that I have had was so excited that I was opening up again. They enjoyed it then, and I think they really will enjoy it now, too.”