The mission of The Princeton Closet has always been to collect the proceeds from sales and donate them back to local nonprofit organizations.

Our Story Begins…

Fifty years ago the feet of migrant children were traced by teachers to find their correct shoe and boot sizes. Some church women were asked to help collect shoes for these needy children. This in turn led to Church Women United opening The Princeton Closet. Their hope was to provide reasonably priced shoes, clothing and other items for these migrant children and their families who were perhaps too proud to accept charity.

For several decades The Princeton Closet rented space first on North Main Street and then in the building where Four & Twenty Cafe is currently located. The board of Church Women United purchased the former Sears’ building on North Main in 2003, the present site of The Princeton Closet.  It was an agonizing leap of faith and a prayerfully considered decision.  Thanks to those forward thinking ladies, today we have our own strategically located building close to Interstate 80.

Every penny that is earned above and beyond expenses is given back to organizations in Bureau County.  Over 40 nonprofit organizations received tremendous donations in 2019. These organizations continue to give back to our community through their commitment to the people they serve.

original building circa 1969

Organizations Receiving Donations

A Night to Remember – Special Needs Prom

Another Child Foundation

Arukah Institute of Healing Inc.

Buda’s Mason Memorial Public Library

Bureau County Food Pantry

Bureau County Historical Society

Bureau County Red Cross

Bureau County Senior Center

Bureau County Young Life

Bureau Valley Buddy Bags

Christmas for Kids

Church Women United

Cornerstone Community Wellness

Farm Stew International

Fellowship of Christian Athletes

Festival 56

Freedom House

Gateway Services

Home Care VNA

Illinois Quilts of Valor

Prairie Arts Center

Princeton Buddy Bags

Princeton Christian Academy

Princeton Community Band

Princeton Ministerial Association

Princeton Public Library

Roadmap Ministries

Second Story Teen Center

Seed of Hope Farm

Tabitha’s Hands

The Learning State

University of Extension 4-H

Western Bureau County Food Pantry

Work Camp 2019

Wyanet Food Pantry

Wyanet Historical Society