Always a trendsetter, the Curated Closet is contributing to downtown Livingston’s revitalization by moving to the historic Vogue Shop location at 117 South Main Street. The Curated Closet links Livingston’s past, present, and future by curating premium donated vintage goods, attracting current shoppers, and investing in the future by donating proceeds from sales to nonprofit and civic activities in Park County.
The Curated Closet has opened their doors in the historic Vogue Shop location with the goal of preserving as much history as possible and drawing more shoppers downtown, both locals and visitors, by providing savvy vintage and gently-used high-quality clothing and goods at great prices. The Vogue Shop is reported to be the longest continually occupied clothing store in Livingston – almost 70 years – and the Curated Closet will carry on that tradition while enhancing historic downtown Livingston. CEO and Founder Caron Cooper says of the move, “We’re really excited to be moving to a place with such a rich history.” Vintage and historic elements in the building, such as the old flooring found under the carpet, have been preserved. There will be a traditional guest book at the Curated Closet for guests to share memories of the Vogue Shop and downtown Livingston’s stylish history.
The Curated Closet’s inventory is culled from the best of items donated to the Community
Closet Thrift Store. The curating process combs through donations for high-end contemporary labels, fashion-forward styles, vintage western wear, near-new children’s clothing and toys, fine and vintage home furnishings, regional books, collectors’ items, and timeless accessories. They also sell locally commissioned art, and goods that have been creatively recycled for reuse, like leather belts turned into bracelets. “This is shopping you can feel good about,” says Curated Closet manager Heather Heath. Individualized customer service is a signature of the Curated Closet, shoppers can share wish list items for clerks to keep an eye out for, and there’s a frequent shoe shopper discount card.
The Community Closet stores are redefining the business model for both pollution prevention and philanthropic second-hand sales. Since its opening in October of 2005, the thrift store has given away almost $350,000 in cash grants to local non-profits, community organizations and events, individuals in need throughout Park County. Every year tens of thousands of dollars’ worth of merchandise is given to schools and other non-profits at no cost.
There is much to celebrate lately with business endeavors and activities in downtown Livingston and the Curated Closet is excited to be in the middle of the action. In support of summer events and traffic, they’ll be open until 8 pm on Thursday and Friday evenings spanning artwalk season, June 23 through September 22, and of course during the Hoot on August 3rd. As an active supporter of charity enterprises and activities, the Curated Closet can also serve as a downtown hub for nonprofits’ ticket sales and promotions for the many Park County nonprofits that are not located downtown.
The Curated Closet is located at 117 South Main Street, Livingston, phone 406.222.5895. Hours remain 10 am to 5:30 pm Monday to Saturday and noon to 5 pm on Sundays, except Thursday and Friday evenings June 23 – September 22 when we’ll stay open until 8 pm. Learn more at https://www.communitycloset.org/currated-closet
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