Doesn’t the thought of nabbing designer kids wear from designers such as Ralph Lauren, Burberry, Crew Cuts, La Coste, Natarje and Bonpoint at a fraction of the cost send chills running down your spine? Indeed! Perhaps it’s the thrill of the chase, or the satisfaction that comes with finding a great deal or the thought of bragging about your latest find that gets your adrenaline flowing. After all, your thrift store shopping spree can very well result in finds like luxe cashmere sweaters, nylon quilted jackets, soft vintage tees, trendy neon shorts and plush velvet skirts. That’s right. And, that’s just a sampling of what you can find at these four Los Angeles thrift stores:

National Council of Jewish Women LA’s (NCJW/LA) Council Thrift Shop
If it’s designer kids clothing that you are looking for, then head over to the National Council of Jewish Women of LA’s (NCJW/LA) Council Thrift Shop where you’re likely to hit the jackpot. The Council Thrift Shop has a great selection of designer clothing for babies and kids including pants, shirts, shorts, dresses, skirts and shoes ranging from $2-$12. Additionally, 5-6 times a year, the Council Thrift Shop hosts their Best of the Best Sale, a weekend event featuring items curated just for this sale. Arrive early and expect a line because that’s how good this sale is. Shop for a cause! Not only will you leave with some great finds, but you’ll also contribute to an organization that is strives for social justice by improving the quality of life for women, children and families by safeguarding individual rights and freedoms.

National Council of Jewish Women LA’s Council Thrift Shop
11801 Santa Monica Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA  90025
310-444-7978
Online: ncjwla.org

Noodles Children’s Resale Boutique
How could you resist checking out a charming Culver City based children’s boutique with a name like Noodles? Not only does it live up to its cute namesake, but it also boasts oodles and oodles of merchandise including clothing, accessories, books and gear. Here you’ll find clothing from The Gap and Children’s place and gear from Brittax, Maclaren and Bugaboo to name a few. There’s a plush chair for Dad to chill in and a play area for your kids to play in while you shop. And, you can also count on the lovely Noodles proprietress to play hostess to your kids while simultaneously helping you to shop. Feel free to bring your gently used wares in for a quote, or invite the owner to your upcoming garage sale (yes, she’ll come to you!) to unload your goods. Buy! Sell! And, buy some more!

Noodles Children’s Resale Boutique
4907 Sepulveda Blvd
Culver City, CA 90230
310-737-1766
Online: noodlesresale.com

 

The Children’s Orchard
You can’t miss The Children’s Orchard, especially while driving down PCH through Manhattan Beach. The bright yellow building, coupled with the merchandise displayed right of the front, are enough to lure you in. Here you’ll find both gently used and new items available at a fraction of the cost of retail. Wide aisles greet you and make perusing through racks of nicely merchandised items a great shopping experience. The owner and staff will happily assist you and even hold an item if you are feeling a bit unsure or need to think about it before biting the bullet. And, you can cash in your kids gently used wares too for a bit of spending money. So, what are you waiting for? Ready? Set? Shop!

The Children’s Orchard
2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd.
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266
310-546-8823
Online: childrensorchard.com

Salvation Army
When you think about the Salvation Army, you probably think about bell ringers at Christmas, right? Well, think again. The Salvation Army in Santa Monica boasts an incredible selection of gently used kids clothing including vintage pieces. Here you’ll find one-of-a kind clothing for your kids like hand knit sweaters and scarves, darling dresses, jumpers and rompers that are either European by design or hand-made by someone’s aunt or grandmother. With pricing starting at $1, you can get an entire look for less than the cost of lunch. Your kid will benefit from rocking a unique vintage look and the Salvation Army will benefit from your contribution.

Salvation Army
1533 4th Street
Santa Monica, CA  90401
310-451-1358
Online: salvationarmy.org

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