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Race into Sugarcup Trading for kids clothes & more

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By Suze Solari

Wardrobe Consultant

Right smack in the middle of downtown Oak Park is Sugarcup Trading, a retail trading store designed and inspired by kids, specializing in recycled   & eco-friendly clothing, toys, games & gear.  

"We are always currating.  Our mission is to introduce Global brands to Oak Park, providing unique products & promote self expression"  says it's owner of going on 2 years now, Michelle Venderlaan.  

In addition to buying fun and innovative items, kids are encouraged to recycle & trade their mint conditioned items for Sugarcup points. Points can be used to purchase new & recycled items.  

Lower and moderately priced brands include: the beloved Tea Collection from San Francisco, full collection of Girls & Boys mix and match separates in fun prints: from $22 for t-shirts, to $35 for dresses.  FORE! super soft, retro golf inspired apparel in cotton & bamboo fiber knits.  Paper Wings with its inspired detailing from Australia, and Little Joule from England.

And the Premium brands: Desigual from Spain; a mulit-function line of brightly patterned and colored separates, dresses & coats for everyday to dressy, event looks.  Custo Barcelona, with their edgy prints, and adorable Eliane of Lena, from Paris.

Get a jump on shopping for the new school ensembles, and load up on accessories too such as back packs and pencil cases.  Don't forget to check out the sales racks, and the resale items, from $ 8 for mini-boden tops.  This dynamic children's boutique transforms the retail experience for the whole family; bringing the power of commerce, and a green economy at its best. 

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Suze Solari from  

Posted: August 31st, 2012 11:58 AM

Thank you for your insightful comments, Jamie! We are fortunate indeed to have one such boutique to hang out & shop in - Michelle is always having cool events there! And, as you said, this beautiful space is a 'feast' for the eyes and a bit of earth-do-gooding too!

Jamie Sloan from Oak Park  

Posted: August 29th, 2012 11:13 AM

Thanks for showcasing Sugarcup Suzi. I love this store and everything it stands for. When I enter Sugarcup, I am greeted with a feast of color, creativity, friendliness and helpfulness. My children, both about to turn 8 ask often if we can stop in at Sugarcup. They love the experience of trading their treasures for new and beautiful items or for previously loved treasures that other children have traded. Sugarcup is a wonderful addition to Oak Park's shopping "buffet"!

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