Evilena’s Red Dresser materialized after I spent 30 years in the field of nursing. I felt an urgency to leave nursing and start my own consignment business. I enrolled in an entrepreneur class through Governor State University along with Prairie State College and it was through that process that I was able to clarify the consignment business.
As a young girl, I was encouraged by my mother to re-purpose things around the house. My mother would encourage me to use what was in the basement to create anything I wanted out of things most people would throw away. She had an old dresser in the basement that a family member made, which I’ve painted and used many times. When I opened the consignment shop I painted it red, my favorite color. That is how we named the store. Evilena is my mother. That red dresser is still in the store today. (Not for sale, of course.)
Evilena’s Red Dresser consignment shop is an eclectic mix of traditional, retro, vintage, rustic and up cycled furniture pieces and home decor. It is staged in a way that might inspire the shopper to use old or typical items in a new way. We have a mix of women’s clothing, custom farm tables and barn doors which slide on the wall along with jewelry, shoes, and purses. You can also find some salvaged items such as doors, windows, and hardware.
My goal is toward excellence, which is a constant work in progress. I aim to serve the community in the way that God is leading. Therefore, I have found it to be quite an organic business, moving, growing and ever changing….