Back to School Shopping Easy on the Wallet at Sweet Repeats Thrift Shoppe
Huntley resale shop offers brand names for a lot less.
The cost of an Urban Outfitters top can range form $39 to $50.
At Sweet Repeats Thrift Shoppe, you can find an Urban Outfitters top for $4.
A new outfit for back to school can cost under $10 at the Huntley resale shop.
“It’s quite expensive to get things ready for back to school,” said Barb Volpe, of Marengo. “But it’s nice to have a resale shop like this.”
Volpe liked the shoppe so much that she’s now a volunteer.
The shop, located at 10514 Route 47, gets donated items with labels like Children’s Place, Justice, Baby Gap and Old Navy for children and Urban Outfitters, Apostrophe and MAXrave for teens and adults.
Sweet Repeats gets 15 to 50 bags of donations a day. People living in Huntley and the surrounding areas have been very supportive of the shop, said Colleen Hale, store supervisor. She added Sweet Repeats is grateful for the support.
“People are starting to know our quality,” Hale said. “I think people are really appreciative of the quality of resale shops. Our main goal here is to keep top quality at a retail price. We keep a boutique shop.”
Resale shops like Sweet Repeats have a lot to offer parents shopping for back to school clothing.
Recently, Hale picked out sample outfits and had a few children _ relatives and children of volunteers_ chose which one to model.
Blake Shallenbarger, 12, of Woodstock, picked a Zoo York shirt and a pair of shorts. He got hooked on Zoo York shirts when a friend loaned him a shirt to go out and play. “I like Zoo York for what it says,” Blake said, adding it brings out his personality.
His black Zoo York T-shirt was paired with some Urban Pipeline shorts. He wears shorts to school whenever he can, he said. The outfit cost $8.
“If I could, I would wear shorts everyday of the year,” Blake said.
The models represented preschool, grade school, middle school and high school ages.
Erin Daily, 17, chose a Self Esteem T-shirt with the words “Love, Peace, Rock”, a plaid shirt over it and some Lee jeans that she said she really liked. While other teens are focused on brand names and expensive clothing, Daily is more down-to-earth about what she wears.
“I just pick things I like and things that suit my personality,” the Wonder Lake teen said. Her aunt, Hale, runs Sweet Repeats so Daily shops there often. The outfit she picked out cost under $15.
Four-year-old Varon Swanson, of Gilberts, wore a red Old Navy shirt but his favorite color is yellow. He picked out a pair of shorts and a backpack with superheroes like Spiderman. His favorite is Spiderman.
Lily Volpe, 4, had a cute pink T-shirt with butterflies. She was a bit shy about modeling but smiled brightly for her photo shoot.
Trey Shallenbarger, 9, will be in fourth grade. He wore a striped Urban Pipeline shirt and shorts. Each cost $4.
Grade school students put on whatever and just go with it, Blake Shallenbarger said. Now that he’s going into middle school, he’s a little more conscientious about his clothing.
Blake found another T-shirt, one with the words "New Orleans" in colorful letters on it for 50 cents. He changed shirts right away.
When Daily searched the racks, she found a few cute tops. While she doesn’t look for labels, she did find a few top brands.
“I look for things that would suit me. I try not to care what people think about how I dress,” Daily said, as she looked through the clothes rack. She found an American Eagle shirt for $4 and a MAXrave shirt for the same price. “There’s a lot of nice things here. It’s affordable.”
Sweet Repeats is owned and operated by Pioneer Center for Human Services. The proceeds support Pioneer Center’s programs including McHenry County PADS, Youth Service Bureau, Children’s Center for Autism, VOICE Sexual Assault Services, Traumatic Brain Injury, Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities.