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Minder's shop enables goods to get around

Joyce Minder and her grandson, Dawson, showed the area of new women’s accessories in The Carousel Consignment Shop in Ellsworth’s west business district last week. The building once housed Minder’s A Cut Above beauty salon, which she operates from her local home. (Herald photo by Bill Kirk)

Getting her new retail outlet into operation has been quite a ride for Joyce Minder.

The Carousel Consignment Shop opened in Ellsworth’s west business district last month, more than five months after it was first announced for the location once housing Minder’s A Cut Above beauty salon. That enterprise is in her local home and she’s now dividing her work weeks between the two places.

“For the first time in five years, I don’t have my grandson to take care of,” she said Thursday, freed up for the double duty by his entry into school, but clearly missing the youngster.

Another of Minder’s 10 grandchildren, 15-year-old Dawson, did a lot of the work preparing the Main Street premises for its new purpose, she said. It took most of the summer. Besides cleaning and painting, the shop needed to be filled with appropriate fixtures. A computer online supplier aimed at retailers proved valuable in this regard.

As the consignment part of the name suggests, an ongoing turnover in merchandise is expected. Minder said she gives the public three options for benefiting from bringing in items. They’re to be in good, clean condition; the store is responsible for marking the prices.

For more please read the Sept. 11 print version of the Herald. 

Bill Kirk

Bill Kirk was editor of the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth, from 1988 to February, 2015 and is now on staff as a reporter. He holds a bachelors degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. He previously worked in the media distribution department at the University of Minnesota's Minneapolis campus and is past editor of The Tri-County News in Osseo, Wisconsin.

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