Moxie’s Resale consignment shop moves to Peoria’s Sunbeam Building

Brahm Buck

PEORIA – When Jessi Linn Litterst heard four years ago that Moxie’s Resale was in danger of closing, she decided to buy the business.   “It was a total whim. I don’t think anybody could listen to their heart more. I was in love with the store and I wanted […]

PEORIA – When Jessi Linn Litterst heard four years ago that Moxie’s Resale was in danger of closing, she decided to buy the business.  

“It was a total whim. I don’t think anybody could listen to their heart more. I was in love with the store and I wanted it to stay,” said Litterst. “So I asked a friend, an investor, if he wanted to help, and I wrote a business plan and he went for it.” 

Litterst had mainly worked in food before she bought Moxie’s, but she was on her way to getting a degree in business — and running a business was something she knew she could do. 

Jessi Linn Litterst recently reopened her fashion consignment shop Moxie's Resale Boutique at a new location in the Sunbeam Building, 923 N. Sheridan Rd., in Peoria. Litterst wanted to downsize after surviving the pandemic lockdown and moved from a larger store at 3817 N. Sheridan Rd. to a smaller shop with potential for more foot traffic and an expanded customer base.

The previous owner had been in business for about five years at 3817 N. Sheridan Road, next to Sheridan Nursery. When Litterst took over, she made a few decorating changes, but everything else stayed the same — until this spring, when she moved the shop to Studios on Sheridan in the Sunbeam Building, 923 N Sheridan Road. 

“Last year was really, really hard. We stayed at the store most of the lockdown, because money was really, really tight,” said Litterst. “Since then, we downsized. We came here to Studios on Sheridan. I knew I needed to downsize because I still owed my landlord for the past year. They had helped me out, to keep my head above water.” 

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Though the new space is smaller, it still has the same amount of retail space as the old location — just has less storage, said Litterest. Customers are still seeing the same great selection of gently used and vintage clothes.  

Racks of gently-used and vintage clothing and other fashion accessories fill the second floor of Moxie's Resale Boutique in the Sunbeam Building on Sheridan Road in Peoria.

“Moxie’s is about you making your own fashion. It’s how you make it, how you own it,” said Litterst. “So I sell tops you can make an abundance of outfits with, or bottoms that are unique, that nobody has seen. Or vice versa. It’s about how you put it together.” 

In addition to modern fashion, Litterest also carries vintage clothing, which family members often bring in when cleaning out the closets of loved ones. 

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