WHEATON – Katy Phillips knows what it's like to spend $20 on a plush dog toy, only to have your dog rip it to pieces in a short amount of time.
That's what gave Phillips and her sister, Alice Phillips – who also is a dog owner – the idea to open up a resale pet supply store. The two Glen Ellyn residents in November opened Just Pets Resale at 121 N. Main St. in downtown Wheaton.
The store sells new and used pet supply products for resale, including toys, leashes, treats and food. The products come from a variety of sources.
"Some of it's donated to us," Katy Phillips said. "We've gotten some of it from garage sales. We do work closely with FURRever Friends Animal Rescue, so the products they don't have a need for, they bring over to us."
Animals from the rescue group also will be at the store on occasion for adoption.
"They are a foster-based rescue, so they [the animals] are all in foster homes," Katy Phillips said.
Proceeds from handcrafted items at the store, such as crocheted pet mats and cat balls, will go to FURRever Friends.
In the spring, Just Pets Resale will start offering dog training. Alice Phillips is a certified dog trainer.
"I love doing pack walks around the neighborhood," Alice Phillips said. "We will also do basic puppy training."
She will offer one-on-one training as well.
"If they have issues where their dog shouldn't be with other dogs, we can either have them come here and work with them in the back room, or we can go to their house or meet somewhere else," Alice Phillips said.
Besides products for dogs and cats, Just Pets Resale also sells items for reptiles, fish and small animals. Any used items are sterilized before they are sold.
"Everything here is gently used," Alice Phillips said. "The [items] are sterilized at least once before we stock them in here."
Those who visit the store are welcome to bring their pets with them, as long as they are on a leash and well-behaved and friendly.
If the Wheaton store proves to be successful, the two sisters would like to open more stores.
"We would like to open one up in the Woodfield area," Alice Phillips said.
She also would like to open a day care center for dogs. However, it wouldn't be a run-of-the-mill day care center.
"I want to be able to let dogs that have been kicked out of other day care centers come to it," Alice Phillips said.
If you go
WHAT: Just Pets Resale
WHERE: 121 N. Main St., Wheaton
HOURS: 2 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday
INFO: 630-580-9596, facebook.com/JustPetsResale