TRAVERSE CITY — Linda Peoples pushed her cart up and down the aisles at the new Women’s Resource Center Thrift Shop, tossing in stuffed toys for her three dogs and a new soup pot.

“I love thrift stores,” said Peoples, of Traverse City.

Peoples shops at the original store in Garfield Township, but said the second store, located at 1331 W. South Airport Rd., is closer to her home and it’s easier to get in and out of the parking lot.

Alisa Curtis perused the dress rack.

“There’s always something to buy,” said Curtis, who loves the new store. “It’s really bright and I feel like it’s a little bit more shoppable.”

The new thrift store is a dream several years in the making, said Juliette Schultz, executive director of the WRC. A ‘soft’ opening was held for family and friends last week, but the store officially opens Aug. 31.

“I’m thrilled beyond belief,” Schultz said. “I’m so happy that I got to see this day — for our community, for the people

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