Our Story

"Life's too short, do what you love and make a difference."

Here at Rosa’s Closet, we celebrate life’s stories. There are ups and downs in everyone’s lives, but in the end, we know it is all there for a reason. Each travesty and victory molds us to who we are and what we will become, and it is unique to us. Rosa’s story begins with a little life uncertainty and desire for a new look. 

Heartbroken and ready to make some changes in her life, Rosa, like many women, turned to her closet. She had just called off her engagement to a man she’d been with for seven years, and was feeling more than a little lost. Looking to start with a clean slate, she started with her style. 

 Rosa purged her closet of everything that no longer felt like “her,” and put an ad in the Grand Rapids Press Bargain Corner. Out went BCBG party dresses, sparkly tops, and gifts from her former fiancée. Within a weekend, she made $1,000. “I must be on to something,” she thought.

 Unsatisfied with her job in an office working with computer equipment, she toyed with her passions, and zeroed in on fashion. “I didn’t know much about fashion, but I knew that I loved it. I could go to the mall and spend hundreds without even thinking about it,” she said. 

 She realized that if she had a closet filled with name brand clothing that she no longer wore, maybe others did, too. She began to do some research, visiting area consignment stores and trying to find her way into the resale world. Guided by her intuition, she found a quaint space on Wealthy, in Gaslight Village, and her dream was born.

 Every day for the first year Rosa’s Closet was open, she worked by herself to grow the business. She strived to make every customer feel special and loved, and reveled in listening to her consigner’s stories. You’ll often hear her saying, “Anybody can sell a shirt, I want to make women feel good!”

Rosa is here to provide you with more than a revolving door for your gently used clothing, and the new goodies that you find on the racks. Rosa knows that every woman has a story, and she wants to hear yours. 


"Do it with passion or not at all."

A bit of a rugged adventurer, you'll be more likely to find Ashlyn in hiking boots than heels. Her favored outdoor pastimes don't stop her from the giddy delight that fashion brings, though, and you'll often find her exclaiming, "It's like Christmas!" when new consignment items come in. She goes mad for southwestern inspired prints, flowy dresses, and cowboy boots. 

A Chicago native and animal shelter volunteer (ask her about her pup, Trapper!), you can find Ashlyn eating copious amounts of cheese and planning her next adventure in her spare time. 

"Live simply so you can enjoy your life in the present."

Truly a one of a kind gal, Trisha brings her UP independence to Rosa's in full force. With a crazy eye for detail and the best person to ask for fashion advice, Trisha can have you looking like the best version of yourself in no time flat.

Partial to neutrals, feminine cuts, and luxurious materials, you may be surprised to discover her love of bird details on clothing.

When not working or DIYing home decor pieces, you can find Trisha walking Paigey, her fawn colored rescue pitty.