310 N. Main St. in Kewanee, Illinois Open Thurs.
& Fri. from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Sat. from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Donations accepted anytime
the shop is open.
boasts a wide array of items, including clothing for men,
women, teens, and children, as well as, linens, toys, books,
housewares, jewelry, collectibles, and seasonal items.
Our selection changes every week, so stop by and see what's
percent of the profits from the shop benefit Abilities Plus.
The revenue is used to provide services to children and
adults with developmental disabilities in Henry, Stark, and
western Bureau Counties. The shop is run entirely by
volunteers. Since it opened in 1982, the shop as
raised over $500,000 for Abilities Plus.
Guidelines for Donations Donations of items are
accepted any time the Resale Shop is open. Donations
should be lightly used and in good repair. Items accepted include
clothing, linens, small household appliances, and toys.
Some furniture is accepted, depending on its size.
Used mattresses, box springs, garage sale leftovers, and
are not accepted.
Volunteering Opportunities The store needs
volunteers to receive, sort, and price clothing and other
merchandise. They also assist in keeping the racks on the
sale floor stocked and organized, as well as greet
customers, offer assistance, make change and bag purchases.
If you are interested in volunteering your time and talent
at Hazel Pettit's Abilities Plus Resale Shop, please visit
the Volunteering page for more details.
History The Abilities Plus Resale
Shop started on April 18, 1982.Four ladies from Geneseo; Kathryn Fehlman, Esther
Desplinter, Maxine Marchese, and Hazel Pettit were the
driving force behind its creation.
Hazel Pettit, one of the founders, shared that the
Resale Shop had its early beginnings with a group of ladies
that served as an auxiliary for Abilities Plus.The group held bake sales, yard sales, and ice cream
socials in the Geneseo Park.The funds were used to help with client needs.At the time, the agency was in danger of closing its
birth to three program (Early Intervention) due to lack of
At the same time,
Abilities Plus had a committee of parents and public figures
interested in the success of the agency.George Fehlman was the chairman of the committee, and
he was also the mayor of Geneseo.When Hazel joined this group, George’s wife (Kathryn)
joined the auxiliary group.She suggested starting a resale shop, similar to one
she had been involved with in Naperville.That resale shop gave their proceeds to an
institution similar to Abilities Plus.
approached the director of Abilities Plus with the idea, and
he helped secure a building.It was situated across from the J.C. Penny’s store
(on 2nd Street, near the current Union Federal
Despite the lack of plumbing and heat, the shop stayed open
The shop moved to a nicer building with a
bathroom and heat (on Central Boulevard, located where the
First Federal Savings & Loan parking lot is now located).After three years the owners chose to tear down the
building, so the shop moved again to the corner of 2nd
and Lexington Streets (near the current Gustafson Ford
location) in August of 1988.The initial group of ladies called the resale shop
“God’s shop” “because it was a miracle how much money we
made with only being open 13½ hours each week.”
2012, the resale shop moved to its present location on Main
increased the visibility of the shop with a location near
downtown and Good’s Furniture.The new location also boasted additional parking,
wood floors, storage, and a built-in dressing room.
Hazel Pettit is one of the founders of the Abilities Plus
Resale Shop. She began volunteering at Abilities Plus
38 years ago, after the birth of a granddaughter with
disabilities. She was instrumental in beginning the
shop, and managed the store's activities from its inception in 1982
through her retirement in 2012.
In 2012, the Resale Shop was named
after Hazel for her outstanding commitment to the success of
the Resale Shop and people with developmental disabilities.
If you need more information about the
resale shop, including volunteering opportunities, please
Resale Shop Liaison Julie Landwehr at (309) 852-4626 or
email@example.com for more information.