The owner of Norton’s U.S.A. on Lageschulte Street in Barrington is rewarding shoppers who donate gently used coats when they visit her store this month. Deborah Leydig says she’ll give all donated coats to WINGS, a local nonprofit organization working to end domestic violence and homelessness. In return, Deborah will give shoppers who contribute a coat a 20% discount on all outerwear in the store, like these Janska fleece jackets which, Deborah says, are flying off the racks.
We’ll share more about the coat donation discount and some other exciting news out of Norton’s in just a minute.
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Now back to Norton’s U.S.A., an old-fashioned general store on Barrington’s Lageschulte Street housed in what used to be a livery barn in the early 1900’s. Deborah opened Norton’s in June of 2007 with a firm commitment to only carry goods made in the United States. You’ll find a wide assortment of products available, from toys to clothes to goods for your home and garden. But Deborah says absolutely everything has been made in America. “When you buy American, you keep Americans working and when Americans are working, our country is better off because they in turn have purchasing power.”
Deborah says she expanded her inventory to include more Janska coats this year, which inspired her to also start the coats for WINGS campaign. She says she fell in love with Janska’s women’s fleece jackets at a recent gift show because…
“They’re just really stylish and they’re the best fleece. It’s just this thick, warm fleece made from recycled bottles. They come in several styles and colors and they’re great for the car, for work and for when you’re shopping and you don’t want to be lugging around a heavy coat.”
They’ve had a great response to their coats campaign so far, with almost 50 donated coats on the rack and headed to WINGS. The group stands for Women in Need Growing Stronger and provides shelter and counseling, among many services, for women and children facing situations of domestic violence. Deborah says the coats she’s collecing for WINGS’ resale stores are in great condition and will be a lovely addition to any wardrobe.
But the coats campaign is not the only news out of Norton’s U.S.A. Deborah says her business is has grown in leaps and bounds since they opened five years ago. They’ve added over 100 more manufacturers in the last year alone in response to the growing demand for her inventory of American-made products.
“The only reason I opened the store was to make people realize how important it is to buy American-made goods to support the American worker and American manufacturer. Our business has seen tremendous growth due to great publicity and the fact that more people are aware that they need to buy products made in the U.S.A.”