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Round 2 opens for business

PRINCETON — Helping people to be able to buy affordable clothing and other items is the goal of a Neponset woman who recently opened a consignment store in Princeton.

Maggie Juarez of Neponset sells men’s, women’s and children’s clothing plus household items at the store located in the former Dunbar’s building on the Bureau County Courthouse Square where the Princeton Chamber of Commerce’s operates Opportunity Knocks, designed to allow entrepreneurs to start their businesses.

In the first month of Round 2 being open, Juarez has 59 consignors bring in items to sell in her shop. Fifty percent of the sale price of any item is given to the consignor. There is no fee to sign up.

Juarez worked in Ali’s Closet in Kewanee for about two years before it closed and another similar store in Kewanee for a short time. After Ali’s Closet closed, Juarez looked to find a place to open her own store in that town but was unable to do so.

She then found the Opportunity Knocks building in Princeton.

“I always liked doing this and decided to go on my own,” she said. “People can come in and drop off their items as long as they are wearable and clean. I like to price items affordable to get them out of here.”

Juarez promises to have a decent price on all of the clothing even if it is brand new or is a brand name.

People wanting to contact Juarez can call her at the store at 815-915-8238 or use her cell phone number of 309-540-8231.

She hopes to have enough business to move into a larger location because she already is running out of space for the items people have brought in to sell in the first month of the doors being open.

“I would like to expand to another building,” she said. “I already have too much for this space already.”

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