I am pleasantly surprised by a new charity-related resale store that opened in Arlington Heights in January and always happy to give a shout out to new and worthy businesses. There isn’t much information on Humanity United Group; no website as of yet and just a couple of articles in TribLocal and the Daily Herald. Proceeds benefit homeless women and children in need in the Northwest suburbs. HUGS was formed to operate the resale store according to the Chicago Tribune article - a bit of an unusual approach, but certainly entrepreneurial. Typically, a charity exists first and a resale store is established later as a venue for fundraising.
HUGS is a tenant in a portion of the space formerly occupied by a Century 21 Real Estate branch office in the Jewel-Osco strip mall at Arlington Heights and Golf Roads. Our personal connection is that the realtor who sold us our home used to work out of this office. The space is relatively small compared to other resale stores, but boy is it packed with goodies. Every display is carefully arranged with hugs, kisses and plenty of loving care. The jewelry selection is way beyond anything at other resale shops – a plethora of really nice newer costume jewelry interspersed with some lovely vintage and sterling pieces. They have a small selection of designer purses priced very fairly, some collectibles, books, housewares, and clothing. Shoes are $5.00 unless otherwise marked.
You will only find merchandise in new or gently used condition – no beat-up, worn-out goods at this shop. Here is a sampling from my last visit:
- Heavy solid brass cat figure (originally $55.00) – $4.95
- Prada black leather sandals – $12.95
- Vera Bradley duffel – $10.95
- Wedgwood cameo brooch – $6.95
- New Ed Hardy leather belt – $5.95
- New T.O. Stanley green snake skin ladies cowboy boots in box – $16.95
- Genuine Coach red leather purse – $18.95
- Beautiful rattan dining table – $16.95