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New Grateful Dead Items!

New Grateful Dead Fleece Throws and Winter Hats have just came in…. we have 5 different fleeces to choose from ($35) and 4 different Hats ($20)! Plus tons of gifts for that Deadhead for the holidays! Patches, Shirts, Tapestries and much more!


“Murder and Mayhem in Rockford, Illinois” Book Signing December 5th!

Local Author Kathi Kresol will be at Phoenix Traders, Saturday, December 5th from 10:30 am until 2 pm for a book signing.  Kathi can tell you more about Rockford than most folks are willing to so this ought to enlightening!  We have copies of her book and books from other local writers and poets, too!


New Grateful Dead Blankets!

New GD SYF and Dancing Bears Coral Fleece Blankets have arrived in time for our BIG DAMN SALE! Limited quantities on hand, so don’t tarry, Sunshine! $34.99!!



It’s happening!  Our Big Damn Annual Sale is coming up quickly.  One day only – Saturday the 7th of November from 10 am to 7pm.  If you or your friends were here last year – you know what a fantastic deal it was!  Janet and I will be here making sure that you get at least 25% off on anything you buy.  Special closeout items will be 50% or more off the regular price.    Don’t miss it!!!PT_BigDamnSale_TRUCKPOSTER_

Phoenix Traders selected for Sustainability Award!

Phoenix Traders was selected as one of this year’s Northern Illinois Renewable Energy Summit & Expo’s “Leadership by Example” awards in the category of Sustainability!  Janet & I are thrilled to be recognized by Winnebago County and Chairman Scott Christiansen.

From our very beginning, we have incorporated sustainable practices in designing lighting and point of purchase materials.   We import many goods made of natural fibers, like hemp, wool and recycled silk.

We also purchase clothing that is made with post-consumer materials like recycled plastics and cotton.

Drop by and see our sustainable practices in action!


Janet & Jim


Save the Planet!


(An additional feature of shopping at this environmentally sustainable business)

As of January 1st, 2015, Phoenix Traders, a local import and fair trade retailer located at 215 7th Street, Rockford, Illinois,  will no longer giving out plastic carrier bags to our customers.  We request that our customers consider bringing their own reusable bags or buy one of our 100% recyclable bags made of 50% post-consumer LDPE and 50% PIR (Post Industrial Regrind) LDPE.  The bag can be used many times and when you damage it or tire of it can be recycled once again by placing it in your recycling bin.  This bag is not only reUSAble, it is also made in the USA and contains no lead, mercury or chromium, all poisonous heavy metals.   And it’s reuse saves not only money, it reduces greenhouse gas emission and can be reused and recycled again and again!

Both of the owners, Janet and Jim Phelps, are avid world travelers and sea turtle protectors and wish to reduce the amount of plastics bags entering our oceans that are killing marine life around the planet.