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Business profile: The Consignment Cabin



A midwestern couple has brought with them Big Sky’s first ‘thrift store’

Dick and Janine Schaible got their start out west much the same way as other Midwesterners. They caught wind of the beauty, they took a trip to Montana, and they stayed.

After years of visiting the area for ski trips, the Schaibles bought a condo in Big Sky. Now, the couple has moved somewhat permanently into the area and away from its residence in Boyne City, Mich., and is looking to make a mark on the community by opening Big Sky’s first consignment goods store, the Consignment Cabin, which opened July 1.

“Before, the small community had to go a long way to either find consignment,” Dick said. “If they have things to be resold, they’ve got a long way to go to get to Bozeman.”

Located in the Big Horn center off Highway 191 just before the right-hand turn to Big Sky, the Consignment Cabin occupies two parts of a four-business building.

They don’t buy any of the goods that are sold in the store and operate strictly on consignment. The rustic clothing, sporting goods and furniture reflect a part of Western life in the area.

Janine said Thursday that the Cabin is off to a good start after a week in business, and that “handing out flyers to everyone” seems to have worked.

The couple’s next move is to create a catalogue of items people wish to sell but won’t fit in the store. They’ll also have a book for people to list the items they’re looking for.

“It’s been well accepted, people are really excited about it,” Janine said. “Big Sky really needed this.”

Whether you’re on your way out of town or on the hunt for some authentic Montana goods, drop into the Consignment Cabin. They’ll treat you like a good friend.

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