Serendipity Delivers Kids’ Fashion For Less

| September 17, 2009 | 2 Comments

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There are two things that I know for sure about raising kids: they grow like weeds and they cost money. Those two facts can make shopping quite the costly chore. If it seems like you’re always buying clothes for your ever-growing child, I suggest that you look into shopping at a children’s resale shop. Saving money without sacrificing style is never a bad idea.

My search for shops led me to Oak Lawn, a suburb located on the outskirts of the city’s Southwest side, where I found Serendipity. Serendipity is an upscale consignment boutique carrying apparel and accessories for infants, children, and teens. The store opened to a warm reception about two and a half years ago on South Kedzie in the Mount Greenwood neighborhood. Last October, the owners relocated to Oak Lawn in a space three times the size of their former location. The move has definitely been well for the staff. According to owner, Beckie Deir, they’ve received so many items of clothing for consignment that they are currently not accepting any new pieces until October 1. However, people are still welcome to drop off furniture in the meantime! She and I chatted briefly at the register before I decided to tackle the merchandise.

PhotobucketAs parents browsed through racks containing labels like Ralph Lauren, Gap, and Cherokee, children played with the toys and grabbed books from the shelves to keep themselves busy. The merchandise is very neatly organized by size and style, and the store doesn’t only include clothing. Value-seekers can score furniture, toys, books, strollers, and other items in tip-top conditions.

Visitors will notice that there are plenty of fall staples in stock. You will find more than enough turtlenecks, pullovers, dress shirts, and pants for boys and girls of all ages. My favorite item that I had to have? This cool Harley-Davidson jacket perfect for the fall (below). Cost? $6.99. That was not the only bargain that I spotted. I saw patent Mary Janes for $3.99, and dresses for as low as $4.99. In fact, deals are plentiful throughout the entire store!

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My Deal of the Day!

If you’re worried about the quality of the items, Serendipity will ease your fears. “We’re an upscale shop meaning that we take the best brands, and don’t accept merchandise with holes or stains,” says sales associate Diane Churchill. This commitment to quality is no doubt a key to the success of this store. Another key would be the friendly nature of the staff. As associates rang up customers, they also took the time to speak with the kids. It’s this open atmosphere that keeps parents coming back to the store for more. The kindness in the store also spills over to the outside community as well. Serendipity housed donation bins in the store and often gives away infant and children’s clothing to the Women’s Crisis center and some Chicago-area churches.

As a “thrifter,” I love searching for deals at consignment and thrift stores. This place is great for the parent that loves doing more for less, or the aunt that likes to spoil her nephew every now and then (moi). If you are ever in the area, make sure that you stop by and definitely sign up for the mailing list so you can stay up to speed on all the latest events and sales!

Insider’s Tip: Looking for a great costume for your little one? Serendipity has a collection for you to browse through. From bumblebees to pumpkins, you will definitely have some options for your little guy or gal.

Serendipity
9517 S. Cicero Ave.
Oak Lawn, IL
(708) 424-1610

Hours: Monday-Friday, 10-7p; Saturday, 10-6p

Category: Shops & Services

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Karyn Brianne is a native Chicagoan and the Editor of The Fabulous Giver and the Chicago Philanthropy Examiner for Examiner.com. When she's not chained to her MacBook, she can be found enjoying her beautiful Hyde Park neighborhood.

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  1. kathy says:

    do you know what happened to this store. it closed in april and i have been unable to contact anyone. I loved this store!

  2. Heather says:

    Does anyone know what happened to the store?? i loved this place.

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