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Second Hand Rose going strong 30 years later

Volunteer Adrienne Hiatt stands in front of Second Hand Rose in downtown Polo. The used clothing store is celebrating its 30th anniversary. Photo by Vinde Wells
Volunteer Adrienne Hiatt stands in front of Second Hand Rose in downtown Polo. The used clothing store is celebrating its 30th anniversary. Photo by Vinde Wells

A downtown Polo business is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year and still going strong.

Second Hand Rose, a used clothing store now at 107 E. Mason St., held its grand opening in June 27, 1987 at its first location on North Franklin Ave.

Operated by the Polo Council of Churches, the store pays its own way and donates several thousand dollars each year to community organizations.

The store is staffed completely by volunteers from the six or seven churches that participate, store manager Sharon Miller said.

Second Hand Rose sells used clothing for men, women, and children, not to mention shoes, toys, small appliances, and books, all at modest prices.

Donations of good, clean items are dropped off at the Polo Church of the Brethren and St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, as well as at the store, Miller said.

Besides waiting on customers, volunteers donate numerous hours to sort the clothes and other items, price them, and put them out for display.

The store is noted for its inviting window displays.

For many years it was located across the street at 104 E. Mason St.

Miller said she enjoys the time she spends working there.

She started several years ago, she said, when the store was getting ready to move.

“I just stopped in one day to see if they needed some help to move,” Miller said. “I’ve been here ever since.”

Second Hand Rose’s history extends further back that 1987. 

It grew from a used clothing store operated by Polo ambulance drivers for nine years until they were unable to continue.

At that point the Council of Churches agreed to take on the project.

Recipients of the proceeds from the store include the Polo Fire Department, Polo Public Library, Town & Country Days Parade Fund, Ogle County Crop Walk, Serenity Hospice, Village of Progress, Polo Area Community Theater, Polo Historical Society, Polo Lifeline, and others.

Store hours are Tuesday and Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday and Friday from 1 to 5 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon.

For more information or to volunteer, call the store at 815-946-2529.

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