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Number of Shops Honoring My Favorite Toy Store Gift Cards Soars

Merchants from Elmhurst, Downers Grove and Hinsdale are honoring the cards in a variety of ways now that the beloved toy store has closed for good.

A Book Above on Vallette in Elmhurst is accepting My Favorite Toy Store gift cards in exchange for a discount on purchases. (Credit: A Book Above Facebook page)
A Book Above on Vallette in Elmhurst is accepting My Favorite Toy Store gift cards in exchange for a discount on purchases. (Credit: A Book Above Facebook page)

Thanks to generous Elmhurst, Downers Grove and Hinsdale merchants, gift cards sold at My Favorite toy Store's Elmhurst and Downers Grove locations prior to the store's sudden closing last week are no longer worthless.

Families who had purchased the gift cards for loved ones were understandably upset when they discovered they could not get a refund or merchandise with the cards.

Related: My Favorite Toy Store Owner: 'Bank Put Me Out of Business'

So, an idea was quickly hatched by some Elmhurst businesses to honor the cards in one form or another so families wouldn't be out the money. In just a matter of days, businesses from Downers Grove, and even Hinsdale, jumped on board to honor the cards.

If you have a My Favorite Toy Store gift card, whether it came from the Elmhurst or Downers Grove store, here are the wide variety of offers that are now available to you:

From Elmhurst Businesses

A Book Above, 136 W. Vallette: This new bookstore will give 15 percent off each purchase, up to the total amount of the gift card. The card must be surrendered at the time of purchases and, in order to verify the value of the card, customers should bring a receipt or other proof of purchase. Here is all the information on A Book Above's Facebook page.

Goalie's Goodies, 116 S. York: Kids will get a treat in exchange for their gift cards at this nostalgic candy shop. Stop in for a free small bag of popcorn, any flavor, or movie-sized candy.

Brain Freeze Ice Cream, 110 W. Park: Show the gift card between now and Feb. 1 and you will get a free topping.

Patriot Boxing and Fitness, 645 Route 83: Both the Elmhurst and Downers Grove locations will offer services and punch cards for kids ages 12 and younger. Patriot will match the value of the gift card up to $100.

Elijah's Downtown Elmhurst Shop, 111 E. First St.Get a medium hot chocolate and a chocolate chip cookie with your gift card.

Lifestyle Pilates, 118 E. Schiller St.Use the gift certificate towards purchase of a kid/teen mat package or adult pilates private session package.  Limit One coupon per person.

From a Hinsdale Business 

Tigers and Tulips, 14 W First St., Hinsdale: (630) 455-4133: Owner Tiffany Shriver is accepting the gift cards for face value. 

And From Downers Grove Businesses

University of Aesthetics and Cosmetology1037-1043 Curtiss St.: Turn in your My Favorite Toy Store Gift Card and get your choice of: free haircut, facial, manicure or pedicure. All services are performed by students under the direct supervision of licensed instructors.

Charlie & Grace, 937 Curtiss St.: They'll offer a one-time 10 percent off total purchase through Jan. 31 for any customers with unused My Favorite Toy Store gift cards. Just bring in the unused card at the time of purchase for verification.  Customers can keep their gift card to use for other promotions in Downers Grove and Elmhurst.

Fair Game Store, 5147 Main St.Fair Game will offer 15 percent off your entire purchase to anyone with a My Favorite Toy Store gift card, up to a maximum savings of the value of the card. The card must also be surrendered at that time.

Happy Dog Barkery, 5118 Main St.: You will get 50 percent off one dog toy, provided it does not exceed the value of the card. Only one discount per card, proof of purchase with dollar amount required and card must be surrendered at time of purchase. (For example, if the card is for $5 and the toy is $20, you will receive $5 off.

The Olive Tap, 5143 Mochel Drive: The Olive Tap will honor the cards by offering 10 percent off up to the total amount of the gift card. The card must be surrendered at the time of purchases and, in order to verify the value of the card, customers should bring a receipt or other proof of purchase.

Do you have a business accepting My Favorite Toy Store gift cards? Let us know in the comments.

Vincent Russell January 08, 2014 at 09:49 PM
What did the owner do with all the left over inventory after Christmas? He didn't have a "going out of business sale" he simply closed the business. Selling the gift cards, then knowing he will close right after Christmas is fraud. A new Christmas book is coming out next year titled "The Grinch that Stole Gift Cards." Hope he repaid the business cash incentive he got from the City of Elmhurst, but fat chance.
Life.Is.Good January 09, 2014 at 08:10 AM
I shop local whenever possible. However, I am not a fan of purchasing gift cards from small businesses. One never knows when the business will close. Shame on the bank for extending credit to business owners who are already over extended. Shame on the owner for knowingly selling gift cards that he cannot honor.
geo January 10, 2014 at 07:33 AM
I would also give you something for your gift card however if you bought it with a credit card you should be able to get a 100% refund by contacting credo card bank.
Gary Hart January 11, 2014 at 12:19 AM
Vincent, the banks own the inventory, so they will access the value and probably have a third party sell it to a distributor. It's too bad that these unique types of stores aren't there anymore, i really blame the internet,.

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