Evelyn Earp said she’s a “people person,” and she enjoys conversing with her customers in the business she owns, Closet Consignment, 312 Center in Brownwood.
    Earp sad her son tells her she could talk to a brick wall.
    That gift has helped her run a successful business that sells a wide range of items — including clothing, jewelry, shoes, handbags, household decorations and dishes — for the past 10 years.
    The Closet Consignment, which has three additional employees, sells those items — as the name implies — on consignment. Earp believes she offers a good selection at low prices.
    Earp, a Brownwood native, lives in Blanket. She bought the business in 2007, when it was located on West Commerce, becoming its sixth owner. After four years, she sought a new home for the business and moved to the Center Avenue location.
    Earp wasn’t always good with people. She was born a middle child and got lost in the shuffle, growing up as a shy introvert.
    She decided she wanted to become outgoing. “I didn’t want to be that person that went to the dance and hung out at the back, or didn’t get picked for the team,” Earp said.
    She achieved that goal through prayer and reading self-help books. “I talk to God several times a day. God’s number one in my life,” she said.
    “I like myself now.”
    Earp, who has two sons and a daughter, once worked as a professional seamstress and was also a foster parent for several years.
    At the Closet Consignment, 125 to 150 customers come in each month to buy clothes, Earp said. Items in her store usually sell in six to eight weeks, but a clothing item that doesn’t sell after several months is donated to the Ark shelter, she said.
    The store is open from 10 a.m to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.
    “It’s thriving, and it’s just as busy as it can be,” Earp said, adding that she enjoyed the hectic pace of her business.