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Shidor will expand its downtown Farmington location

Sometime between now and the first week of June, Shidor, a secondhand store located at the corner of Third and Oak streets, will move half a block south to a new location. The new spot, a former Dueber's department store most recently occupied by a pair of churches, is twice the store's current size.

Before it can open for business, though, there is work to do. On Monday, boxes and piles of items were spread around the room. Two volunteers and store owner Michelle Overbey sorted through them, trying to bring some kind of order to the collection.

Their job got bigger last week, when a 20-foot horse trailer arrived from the Florida secondhand store where Overbey's mother volunteers.

That delivery was a surprise. Overbey's mother had been packing the boxes of donated clothes - more than 100 in all - for several days. She thought they were headed for Africa, but as the driver prepared to leave with the trailer the store's owners announced the delivery was headed to Minnesota.

"They said they wanted to bless my mom for all of her hard work and make sure we were fully stocked when we opened," Overbey said. "She actually called me crying. She was so excited that we'll be able to have them here."

Overbey also collected unsold items from last weekend's Farmington Lutheran Church garage sale, and she has two more garage sales she will collect from in the next few days.

It will be a lot to sort through, but that's not a bad problem to have when you have more space to use.

It's also good news for Salt and Light, the nonprofit organization Overbey funds with proceeds from the store. She started the organization to help single-parent families buy homes, but it has changed over the years to meet other needs. Salt and Light has provided gift cards to Boeckman Middle School to be handed out to families that need help, and last Christmas it gave a family a fully-decorated Christmas tree.

"We not only have been able to help single parents, we've been able to help families who have had a fire," she said. "The nonprofit has flourished to something I never imagined it to."

Overbey expects the new space, and the donations she has received, to help keep things moving.

"It's just going to increase the revenue," he said. "It's a domino effect."

Nathan Hansen

Nathan Hansen has been a reporter and editor with the Farmington Independent and the Rosemount Town Pages since 1997. He is very tall.

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