New & Again Resale in Gibson City closing in March

GIBSON CITY — A consignment-based clothing resale store in downtown Gibson City is closing.

New & Again Resale announced it will be closing permanently on March 16, bringing an end to a business that has been open since April 2006.

Sisters Julie Stagen of Paxton, Vicki Rhodes of rural Foosland and Becky McDevitt of Gibson City own and operate the shop at 102 N. Sangamon Ave. In 2016 — the 10th anniversary of their business — they told the Ford County Record that they had no plans of ending their joint business venture anytime soon.

However, they recently made the decision to shut the shop’s doors for good as all three will be retiring. The decision, they said, “is bittersweet, as we’ve formed many friendships” with consignors and customers.

“Our husbands will be retiring soon, and we desire the ability to do the same,” they said in a Facebook post announcing the shop’s impending closure. “Our children and grandchildren have grown; some have relocated out of the area to pursue their ambitions and goals. We want to be able to take the time to travel and visit family and friends.

“It has not been an easy decision, but because we have always tried to keep the needs of our families first — and our time with them a priority — it is a necessary decision.”

As of three years ago,  nearly 1,700 consignors had sold items at New & Again. The shop accepts used clothing and accessories on a consignment basis, from junior size and up.

The items are then sold at affordable prices, with the consignor receiving half of the sale proceeds. If an item does not sell, it is donated to a charitable organization called World Relief, Stagen said.

The philanthropic effort “has given us an opportunity to look at (our business) as a ministry, because we’ve been able to help some people that we feel really needed the help,” Rhodes said.

“We felt it was our mission, as we were able to provide a service that reached well beyond Ford, Champaign, Iroquois and McLean counties,” the sisters said in a recent Facebook post. “To our consignors, thank you for bringing us your things. To our customers, thank you for thinking of us first before going elsewhere. It has been our pleasure to be a small part of our wonderful community we call Gibson City.”
 

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