The mission of The Second Child has always been and continues to be an alternative and sustainable way to dress your little ones. Our business model is  economically and environmentally  friendly.

The Second Child celebrated its 33rd year in business on July 18, 2020! Amy Helgren, proprietor of the Second Child, says she was inspired after the birth of her second daughter.

Two girls, born in 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.

Join us! Shop sustainably and have a positive impact. Clean your closets and make money. It's a win win for all!