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By Suze Solari
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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