Kids grow like weeds, which is why parents quickly learn that buying used is often the way to go. Luckily for us–and our wallets–the district is a hotbed for top-notch second hand and thrift shops. Whether you’re interested in saving money or making money, here is a list of our favorite consignment shops in the DMV.
Bellies & Babies
Want to shop? Bellies & Babies prides itself in offering upscale maternity clothes and brand name children’s items. They carry Aden + Anais, Sophie the giraffe teether, Sticky Bellies, and Ergo carriers. If you’re prego and in need of a nice maternity dress, you can save yourself the cash and rent one. And if shopping solo, kids can play in the outside play area with push toys or stay inside with the tented area decorated with books and toys.
Want to consign? Bellies & Babies accepts maternity clothes, children’s clothes (size newborn through age 8), popular baby gear, toys, and books. Your first time is by appointment only, but after that, you can conveniently “drop n run”. If you choose to be paid by check, you will receive 45% of what the item sold for (50% for high-end, non-clothing items). If you choose to be paid via store credit, you’ll receive 50% of the selling price.
1913 Mt. Vernon Ave. (Alexandria, Va)
Dapper & Dainty
Want to shop? Dapper & Dainty is minutes from Baltimore and Annapolis. They offer children’s clothing and accessories (sizes newborn to age 10), baby gear, and maternity wear. Some of their brands include: Baby Gap, Gymboree, Ralph Lauren, and Old Navy. If you’re looking for something personalized, they sell hand-made items for kids and adults (for example, bags, totes, and apparel). If you can’t shop solo, no worries. There’s a play area to keep the little ones entertained.
Want to consign? Consigning is by appointment, and they have an online system where you can check your items’ status online. You make 40% of the price your item sold for (50% for strollers and more expensive items). Brands loved by Dapper & Dainty include: Janie and Jack, Gap, Polo/Ralph Lauren, Hanna Andersson, Crazy 8, Hartstrings, Gymboree, Old Navy, Mimi Maternity, Pea in the Pod, and Children’s Place.
700 S Hammonds Ferry Rd. (Linthicum Heights, Md)
529 Kids Consign
Want to shop? If you have a little Beyoncé, Emma Watson or Tim Gunn in the making, then this is the place to outfit them. Trendy pieces abound, including baby Uggs, Hanna Anderson jammies and lots of sweet gifts for newborns. Plus, 529 offers up a well-curated maternity section. Sift through closely—you may be surprised by what you find (think: Burberry baby dresses, Ralph Lauren toddler suits, and Citizens for Humanity maternity jeans). Bonus? If your baby is teething, pop in to pick up a teething necklace to soothe sore gums.
Want to consign? 529 offers a 60/40 split with consignors receiving 40% of the purchase price after a three month period. Sort through Junior’s too-snug outfits, and if they’re clean and Fido hasn’t chewed a hole in the rear then call to set up an appointment. If that baby Gap sweater doesn’t sell, you have the option of reclaiming it or 529 will donate it to the Lupus Foundation.
122 Royal St. (Alexandria, Va)
7918 Fort Hunt Rd. (Alexandria, Va)
The Growing Years
Want to shop? The Growing Years is a kid-friendly store that will put your kiddo in a trance with their non-stop Disney movies. Have a more active child? They also have a play area to help your kids let out some energy. This consignment shop specializes in “gently-worn clothing and shoes at the most affordable prices”. Their inventory includes baby clothes, pre-teen clothes, maternity wear, and monogrammed jewelry and accessories. For your American Girl fanatic, you can also find American Girl outfits.
Want to consign? While some shops require a consignment fee, you won’t be charged one at The Growing Years. They accept gently-used children’s clothes from newborn to size 16, children’s shoes, and maternity wear. It’s by appointment only. You will receive 40% of the clothes’ selling price and 50% for larger products (e.g., strollers and Pack ‘N Plays). A limited number of toys are accepted, like small slides, kitchens, bicycles/tricycles, and wagons.
10303 Kensington Pkwy. (Kensington, Md)
Want to shop? Calling all cloth diaper fans! With more than 14 brands, including Bum Genius, Ecosprout, and Happy Heinys, it’s easier than ever to cloth diaper with Enkore Kids. They have everything (new and consigned) from AIO/cloth pocket diapers to cutesy diaper covers and fun fasteners. They even sell reusable wipes! Not sure where to start? Ask for Susan, she’s the store’s cloth diapering superstar who can help you decide what’s best for your little one’s tiny bum. This shop also hawks sports clothes and dance gear for tots and older kids, and there’s a large play area that’s enclosed (score!). Best part: Clothes items are returnable within 7 days and 30 days for cloth diapers.
Want to consign? Consigning is by appointment only, but they’ll give you cash or store credit on the spot. Cash offers vary, but is often 50% off resale, which is about the same as yard sale prices, without the yard sale. But if you opt for store credit, you’ll get twice the amount of cash. All clothes and equipment must be clean, free of tears or breaks and not previously recalled.
146 S. Main St. (Boonsboro, Md)
For the eco-minded mommy there’s Wiggle Room. The Bethesda store runs on the motto ReDuce, ReUse, ReWear. It’s a guarantee with the adorable little duds you can find all year round. Create a wish list with the items you want and when it arrives at the store Wiggle Room will call you. New stock rolls in frequently during the late winter to stock the store for the spring and summer. From water-repelling rain gear with matching boots and umbrellas in cute animal styles to classic floral dresses and oxford button downs for the smallest members of your family, Wiggle Room probably has it with a few shoe options to match. Sizes run from newborn to 14/16.
Want to consign? With clear guidlines available online, it’s a cinch to consign here. Just fill a bag with the threads and make an appointment. Consigners can make up to 50 percent of each item sold. Score!
4924 Del Ray Ave. (Bethesda, Md)
Want to shop? Your child won’t want to leave after playing at Small Change. She can serenade the store with the piano, ride the school bus, play in a four-foot doll house, or shop at the grocery stand. Meanwhile, parents can check out the inventory of clothes, Melissa & Doug toys, strollers, cribs, carriers, high chairs, and more.
Want to consign? In order to consign, you’ll need to make an appointment at this established shop (in business since 1981). They offer a higher-than-average percentage of earnings. You’ll receive 50% of the selling price and 60% for items priced at $100 or more. Cha-ching!
Lake Anne Plaza (Reston, Va)
Once Upon a Child, Ellicott City
Want to shop? Sure, this may be a national franchise, but this branch is one of the best we’ve scoped. It carries a ginormous selection of seasonal wear…all year long. So if you’re looking for a swimsuit in December for that trip to Disney World, or need a winter coat before the summer is out (maybe for a trip to Alaska?) you can find it here without spending a fortune.
Want to consign? Not only do you not have to schedule an appointment, but you get paid up front (amounts vary). Just bring in your stuff, they’ll make an offer and out you go! So no need to wait and hope your items sell before collecting some cash.
10030 Baltimore National Pike (Ellicott City, Md)
Want to shop? With classes in babywearing, cloth diapering, breastfeeding, and potty training, there’s more than cool clothes and gear offered at Greenberries. All the teachers are certified in their field and course prices range from free to $50 per class. In addition to children’s (Mini-Boden!) and maternity wear (hello, Rosie Pope!), you can score some super sweet eco-friendly toys, gift baskets, and stylish diaper bags. Let the kiddos hang out in the large play area while you browse.
Want to consign? Email Kate (email@example.com) to set up an appointment. You must have a minimum of 10 and maximum of 30 items per visit. Consignors receive 40% of clothing sale prices and 50% of baby gear sale prices. Brands and items they love include baby carriers, gates, joggers, Gap, Janie and Jack, and Isabella Oliver.
6925 Oakland Mills Rd. (Columbia, Md)
Little Lords & Ladies
Want to shop? Little Lords and Ladies is a one-stop-shop for parents. You can find over 30,000 items arranged by size and color. They sell gently-used clothes (for ages 3 months to 16 years), toys, shoes, beds, gliders, seasonal items, a ride-on train rental, and an embroidery service. In addition to their shop, they have story time, camps, and an enclosed two-story play area that even moms will want to explore.
Want to consign? Items are received by appointment and season only, except for their walk-in week. Using their online scheduler, you schedule an appointment and check on your item’s status. You will receive 40-60% of the item’s sold price, or you can opt to immediately receive store credit.
14231 Willard Rd, Ste. 500 (Chantilly, Va)
Got a favorite consignment shop? Tell us about it in the comments section below.
—Danielle Larkins and Hilary Riedemann
Photos courtesy of Enkore Kids via Facebook, Once Upon a Child Ellicott City via Facebook, Greenberries, 529 Kids Consign via Facebook