The Second Child, celebrated its 29th year in business on July 18, 2016! Amy Helgren, proprietor of the Second Child, says she was inspired after the birth of her second daughter.
Two girls, born different seasons and sizes, coupled with the sheer abundance of baby gifts and accumulated "gear" … hence, the concept of The Second Child emerged!
When asked the question, "Who are your customers?" Amy responds, "Our clients are conscientious and educated consumers. We appeal to a broad range of economic levels, but what our customers do have in common is they are sensible, down to earth and generally concerned about recycling." "We don't necessarily claim to be cheap," adds Amy. "What we are is good value."
The timing was right and the concept was exciting. The store has received national recognition on NBC's The Today Show and in publications like Newsweek and Entrepreneur Magazines. Locally they've appeared in The Tribune, Suntimes, Fox Thing in the Morning and other local television news spots.
"Stop by," says Amy. "It's really more than a shopping excursion. You never know what you may find here or who you'll bump into. The store also happens to be a great resource for networking everything from baby-sitters, birthday parties or the latest in breast pumps!"
If you live in the Chicagoland area, it is our preference to do first-time consignors by appointment. Please call 773-883-0880. We schedule our appointments Monday through Saturday during regular business hours, 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. This is the best way to eliminate any misunderstandings about the type of merchandise we do and do not accept. If you are unable to schedule during those times please review the guidelines below and additionally the section for “Shipping Consignments from out of town.”
Clothing is accepted seasonally. We accept Spring and Summer clothing during the months of January through April. Fall and winter clothing may be dropped off during the months of July through October.
We accept clothing from Newborn to Children size 16 and maternity wear. Clothing must be in excellent, like new condition, less than 3 years old, currently in style and freshly laundered.
Please carefully scrutinize your items. Buttons, snaps and zippers should be complete and fastened. Clothing must be free of stains, excessive wear and odor.
We are extremely selective about the brands as well as the condition of items. Please refer to our “Brands We Love” page. If you have a question or believe a particular brand should be on the list please contact us via e-mail
Please FRESHLY launder everything (even if it was clean when you packed it away).
Neatly fold the clothing into shopping bags or boxes keeping sets together.