VILLAGE OF MUKWONAGO - It looks like it is time to raid someone else's closet. After almost eight years, My Sister's Closet, 103A Lake St., will close at the end of June.
The consignment boutique in Mukwonago specialized in pre-teen to women's sized clothing and accessories.
Proprietors and sisters Linda Cizauskas and Jennifer Rehl hail from Mukwonago and decided to go into business together after some changes in their lives.
The sisters used to always go into each other's clothing closets and swipe clothes.
"We have always been thrift sale shoppers and decided to try a new adventure," Cizauskas said.
Eight years later, Cizauskas' kids have all graduated from Mukwonago High School, and she's ready to move on.
"I'm at a point in my life where I'm ready to start a new adventure," she said.
The sisters were looking into someone else buying the store, but nothing came of it.
Thrift store culture
Consignment stores are having a hard go of it as online sales become more and more popular. Examples include Craigslist, eBay, even Facebook sales pages.
Cizauskas pointed at a list of stores on a sheet of paper. "I can probably name off five stores on the list that have closed," she said. Some stores have transitioned by going online themselves, she noted.
What she finds fun about going into stores is finding unique items. While vintage is a hot trend, Cizauskas said it is the one-of-a-kind finds that people want.
Customer Katy Buttitta summed up what she'd miss about the store: "I'm going to miss the deals, and the store is close and local," she said.
Cizauskas and Rehl have been happy with the Mukwonago community and how supportive they have been.
Cizauskas said she has enjoyed being her own boss and meeting new people. She mentioned one loyal customer who doesn't live in Mukwonago but who makes the trip to shop there regularly. Every few weeks the customer would take her dog to be groomed and then stop at the shop, Cizauskas said.
My Sister's Closet has been voted Mukwonago Publications "Simply The Best" resale shop every year from 2012-16.
"Thank you to our loyal customers for voting for us," Cizauskas said.
She added that many customers have said they are sad over the shop closing.
While she will miss her loyal customers, Cizauskas is ready to start the next chapter in her life — but she still plans to steal clothes from her sister's closet.