A unique, kid-focused store just opened on Marion Street, taking up one of the last empty storefronts on the block.
Sugarcup Trading, 110 N. Marion St., deals in hip clothing, toys, games and collectibles, targeted at kids between the ages of 4 and 14. But the twist is that they allow children to trade in their old items for points. Those go onto a store card, which customers can then use to purchase merchandise.
Sugarcup maintains a list of 20 popular clothing and toy brands (requested by customers) that are eligible for trade ins. Owner and Oak Park resident Michelle Vanderlaan believes the store will teach kids to recycle and save the planet by not just throwing away their unwanteds.
Vanderlaan formerly worked in the corporate world but took a break when she had her two kids. The need for such a store became obvious to her as she watched her children burn through clothes and toys.
“I was a little bit frustrated as a mother about how quickly my kids were growing out of their clothes and the shelf life of their toys was about two weeks on average,” she said.
Sugarcup engaged an advisory team of Oak Park children to help refine and reaffirm the idea of the store.
They’ll also offer brand-new, unusual items for kids to purchase, many of which are organic, fair trade or recycled. Sugarcup held its grand opening on Saturday.