823 S. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park, ojoykids.com, (708) 383-3437
The basics: O Joy works on a straight consignment system. Clothing has four months to sell, and unsold items are then donated to local charities. “We have a totally automated point-of-purchase system, so consigners can call anytime and find out the exact status of their stuff,” says co-owner Andrea Mounadi.
Store highlights: “We really work to offer a full range of product for parents,” Mounadi says. The inventory is split with 50 percent clothing and 50 percent gear, games and toys. An art table is available so kids can play while mom or dad shops.
Best tip for buyers: Shop often. Merchandise changes all of the time. Use patience and take the time to look through the racks.
Best tip for sellers: Make sure you differentiate between consigning your merchandise and selling it at a garage sale. Ask yourself, “If I went into the store, would I buy this for my child?”