One way to chart your kid’s growth is to pull out their threads from last summer. If their swim trunks are too short or their feet are jutting out of their sandals, it’s time to restock (’cause you have a beanstalk on your hands). But breaking the bank for new summer clothes doesn’t have to be your lot. D.C. is home to some fabulous and fun consignment shops where you can find your fave brands at reasonable prices. Have clothes kiddo has outgrown? Many of these hot shops takes those, too.
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McAdoodle is an upscale children’s consignment store located in Fulton, Md. They carry brand name clothes, gear and toys. They also support local artisans by selling handmade items such as children’s aprons, onesies, and hair bows. Have birthday gifts to buy? McAdoodle sells new toys from exclusive brands like Kid-O, Begin Again, Bella Tunno, and Piggy Paint! McAdoodle is your go to place for high quality barely worn items at affordable prices. They are fantastic on social media and constantly update their Instagram and Facebook page so you always know what’s in stock.
11845 MD Rt. 216/Scaggsville Rd. (Fulton, Md)
Bellies and Babies
Bellies and Babies is right in the heart of Del Ray in Alexandria, Va. The home is a posh consignment boutique which carries children’s clothing, toys and maternity ware. Bellies & Babies is family owned by Dawn and Tim Luepke. After having kids a few months apart, the Luepke’s were in search of affordable, good quality items for their growing family. When that became hard to find, they decided to open Bellies & Babies! Their brilliant add-on, B&B has a maternity rental department which carries an eclectic selection of designer maternity dresses for special occasions.
1913 Mt. Vernon Ave. (Alexandria, Va)
The Growing Years
The Growing Years is located off I-495 in the heart of Old Town Kensington, Md. They specialize in gently-worn clothing and shoes including hip pre-teen styles and trendy maternity wear. Total bonus is that they carry adorable monogrammed items like jewelry, bags and hair accessories at very affordable prices. They have an entertaining play area for kids so you can shop peacefully while they’re having fun.
10303 Kensington Pkwy. (Kensington, Md)
Small Change Consignment
Small Change has been a staple in Virginia since it opened its doors 35 years ago! Back then, three young mothers wanted to establish a hospitable place where families could buy recycled clothes, gear, toys and books. The young mothers are now grandmothers and all but one have retired but the little shop has prevailed and prospered and is still a favorite in the community! They keep the littles occupied while you shop with a four foot tall doll house, big yellow school bus, grocery stand, shopping carts and even a piano.
1629 Washington Plaza (Reston, Va)
Lilly, Boden and Tea, they’ll have your mini fashion plate summer ready in no time. Pop in often as they’re getting new clothes daily!
926 W Broad St. (Falls Church, Va)
Where do you go to shop for cool summer clothes? Tell us in the comments below.