When Lily Pads opened its new resale store Friday in north Peru, it began operating with 14 times more space than it had at its former shop at Fourth and Church streets in Peru.

And business was brisk in the store and at its receiving area for donations.

"Nice and steady," store manager Beverly Briddick said.

The shop supports the nearby homeless shelter, Public Action to Deliver Shelter, which opened for the season Oct. 1. The new store, 4471 Progress Blvd. next to Menard's and the shelter, has 6,000 square feet of store space and 4,000 square feet of warehouse for donations.

"The community has been very generous with their donations," Briddick said.

Those donations supply a lot of affordable clothing: men's shirts and women's tops for $2; men's and women's slacks, $3; a men's suit (jacket and pants), $8.

Fran Gibson of Marseilles stopped in to donate clothing.

"I came in and looked around and my little one needed a lamp in her room," Gibson said. She took home a Disney princesses lamp.

Briddick has been Lily Pads store manager for 3½ years, and she likes the new store.

"It's wonderful. This space is just what we needed," she said.


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