Whether you’re in the market for some fun back to school fashions that won’t break the bank, or you’ve got some gently (or never) worn clothes the kids have outgrown, your next stop should be one of NYC’s fine consignment shops. Get cash for those like-new pieces and pick up a few items for well below retail. Here’s where to head to stretch that dollar!
photo: via Flying Squirrel Facebook page
In Greenpoint, Brooklyn: Flying Squirrel
The vibe: Organized, inviting, and the go-to neighborhood spot for in-the-know mamas
What they accept: In this airy, open shop, new clothes are sold in front, while items on consignment can be found in the back of the store and online. Donated clothing for kids must be clean and in excellent condition — no missing buttons or stains at all, especially for items for kids under 24 months of age. The store’s most popular premium brands are Splendid, Mini Rodini, Bobo Choses and some Gap and H&M items may be considered.
How it works: 50/50 split between the store and seller; a price is negotiated between the shop and seller based on the brand, and if it can sell for $20 or greater. Payment is available in the form of a check or store credit.
How to drop off items: Drop off times are Mon. – Thurs., 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., or by appointment.
Need to know: Items move fast here. (You might say they “fly” out the door…) So if an item on consignment item catches your eye, jump on it — it might not be there next week. (Follow the store on Instagram to get a peek at the latest, cutest goods.)
87 Oak St.
Hours: Mon. – Sun., 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.
photo: via Jane’s Exchange Facebook page
In the East Village: Jane’s Exchange
The vibe: Bargain-oriented customers young and old set the tone in this whimsical shop
What they accept: Children’s clothing (infant to size 12), children’s furniture and accessories (baby carriers, car seats in mint condition no more than five years old, etc.), games, toys, books, DVDs, portable cribs, highchairs, swings, excersaucers, maternity and nursing clothing, and other parenting goods. No more than 20 items per drop off will be accepted. Clothing must be in good condition, and is bought by season. Check out the list of baby gear they are looking for before dropping off items, and be sure to call the store before dropping off large pieces.
How it works: Consignors receive 30% of the sale price of all items under $100.00 and 40% for items $100.00 and over. Money earned must be used as credit to buy other consigned items at Jane’s Exchange.
How to drop off items: You’ll need to make an appointment by calling, emailing, or stopping by the store.
Need to know: The consignment period is 60 days. After this period, you’ll need to collect unsold clothing or it will becomes the property of Jane’s Exchange.
photo: Clementine Consignment
In Greenwich Village: Clementine Consignment
The vibe: Cheerful and inviting downtown bargain spot
How it works: You receive 40% of the final sale price of the items you consign. Checks are distributed quarterly, but sellers can pick up the balance owed to them at any time in the store; payment in the form of store credit is also available. Clementine prices its merchandise at a 50-80% discount from current retail prices, with costs varying based on the condition of each item. Prices are lowered at season’s end.
What they accept: Designer maternity, infant and toddler clothing up to children’s size eight. Make sure to check out the list of brands and clothing types that they don’t accept before taking in clothes. Clementine Consignment also accepts hats, diaper bags, booties and new or almost-new shoes; it doesn’t accept toys or gear.
Need to know: The store accepts items for all seasons at any time. Your consignment period will begin the day your merchandise is put out for sale. If an item hasn’t sold after 60 days, the consignor has the choice to either pick it back up, or have the shop donate the item to Room to Grow.
39 1/2 Washington Square S.
Hours: Mon. – Sat., 11 a.m. – 7 p.m., Sun.: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
photo: via Wyatt Lily Facebook page
In Westchester: Wyatt Lily
The vibe: Hip, trendy and fairly high-end transplant from the Upper West Side in Westchester. (For years Wyatt Lily served Manhattan on Columbus Ave. You’ll now find it’s chic new and used fashions in Scarsdale — but they do ship!)
What they accept: This boutique includes a small consignment section that is stocked with high-end attire. Wyatt Lily accepts unused and lightly-worn items for boys and girls sizes zero to six years of age. The store considers the following brands for consignment: Oscar de la Renta, Burberry, Milly Minis, Chloe, Moncler, Fleurisse, La Miniatura, Dolce & Gabbana, Gucci, Hermes Little, Marc Jacobs, Stella McCartney and many others.
How it works: 40% of the item’s sale price goes to the customer.
Dropping off: Drop off times are Mon. – Fri, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Need to know: Anything not sold after two months is donated to a worthwhile children’s charity such as The Salvation Army, or you can choose to pick it up.
1 Chase Rd.
Hours: Mon. – Sat., 10 a.m. – 7 p.m., Sun., 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Where do you go for new-to-you kid’s clothes? Tell us in the comments below!
— Rachel Sokol