By Jessica Lema Canton Daily Ledger, Ill.
WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) "Just Peachy", a new consignment store in Canton, Ill. is the brainchild of 20-year-old Leah Doneghue, a Jazz Studies major at Lincoln College who recently moved to the area.
Canton Daily Ledger, Ill.
When it comes to finding cool clothes on a tight budget, shopping options are slim for young women in Lincoln.
A new thrift store on Woodlawn Road aims to eliminate that problem with a fresh approach to secondhand shopping.
Just Peachy opened July 15 at 527 Woodlawn Road offering a curated collection of on-trend, secondhand clothing from popular retailers, as well as original artwork, accessories and room décor.
The business is the brainchild of 20-year-old Leah Doneghue, a Jazz Studies major at Lincoln College who recently moved to the area from Sherman.
"The fact that it's for young people makes it way different than any other store in Lincoln," Doneghue said Tuesday.
The shop features carefully selected, gently used clothing from stores like American Eagle, Hollister, Tilly's and various department stores.
Original artworks by local painters Miranda Putich, of Springfield, and Marsha Harmon, of Williamsville, are also sold at Just Peachy, along with a variety of accessories and knick-knacks.
Doneghue, a 2015 graduate of Williamsville High School, got the idea to go into business after visiting thrift stores in the area and realizing that they were all tailored to the tastes of older people. "There was just nothing like this in town," she said.
Last spring, Doneghue put a call out on Facebook and Instagram for donations of still-in-style clothing and received a response far greater than what she expected.
"People I didn't even know were messaging me with donations," she said with a smile.
Before she knew it, her living room was piled high with bags of clothing and she began sifting through the collection to assemble her opening day inventory.
With a little help from her parents and the support of her friends, the shop opened in mid-July. As more and more local girls have learned that Just Peachy was founded with them in mind, Doneghue has seen her customer base steadily increase within the last few weeks.
"It's starting to pick up more with school about to start," she said. "People are talking about it more."
In August, the young entrepreneur announced that Just Peachy would also offer formal wear consignment for those looking to sell or buy gently used homecoming and prom dresses. She hopes to assemble and carry a large collection of formal wear year-round.
Just Peachy also accepts drop-offs of clothing, accessories and décor from those hoping to ensure that their donations stay in Lincoln.
The shop is open six days a week. Hours of operation vary, but Doneghue aims to be open from 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Saturday, depending on her class schedule in the upcoming semester. A wooden sign is situated along Woodlawn Road when the store is open.
For more information, follow Just Peachy on Facebook @JustPeachyLincolnIL or call (217) 691-5345.