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Reduce, Reuse, Go Shopping: The Bay’s Best Consignment Stores

Sure, we want them to learn Mandarin and master the sousaphone, but Bay Area parents are also obsessed with getting their kids into the latest styles. And because our littles are little for about all of seven seconds, local consignment shops are busting at the seams with kiddie couture at a major discounts. These shops will also buy, sell or trade that tiny button-down that can no longer be buttoned. Check out our favorite children’s consignment destinations in all four corners of the Bay.

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Photo of Outgrown by Jamie D. on Yelp

Marin County

Outgrown
This consignment shop in downtown San Rafael has been around for almost 30 years and its buyers have developed a keen eye. The shop offers gently-used clothing for infants through size 14, and you’ll also find one of the better used toy, book and DVD collections. Need some adorable decals for the children’s room? Chances are Outgrown will have it. Need a baby crib for your little “mama” at home? We bet you’ll find it here. Appointments are required to sell.

Insider Tip: Save your Circo and Sprockets gear for the Goodwill bag. This store sticks to its high-end acceptance policy.

Outgrown
1417 4th St.
San Rafael, Ca
415-457-2219
Hours: Mon.–Sat., 10 a.m.– 4 p.m.

Play It Again Kids
This consignment shop has been locally owned and operated for more than 20 years, and the owners know what Marin Moms are looking to buy. They don’t take clothing with stains, nor will they buy battery-operated toys before they’re demonstrated to work, which should give buyers confidence and help sellers sort through what to bring in. No appointment is necessary for selling, and you’ll get 40 percent of the selling price for items priced higher than $50, and 30 percent for items priced lower.

Insider Tip: If you’re selling larger items, the store will arrange a pickup with no up-front cost—they’ll deduct a service fee when your item sells.

Play It Again Kids
783 Andersen Dr.
San Rafael, Ca
415-485-0304
Hours: 10 a.m.–5 p.m. every day
Online: playitagainkids.com

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Photo courtesy of Chloe’s Closet

San Francisco

Chloe’s Closet
This San Francisco favorite has three locations. The Bernal Heights location has long been a go-to for city moms. It’s on pretty much every “Best Kid’s Clothing Store” list in SF. From toys to costumes to maternity clothes, parents will find everything they’re looking for and will likely go home with much more. The Bernal location accepts and resells clothes for kids and moms as well as infant and tot wear, while the Inner Sunset location sells infant to pre-teen clothing only. And great news: while other kids’ consignment brick and mortar shops seem to be shutting their doors at an alarming rate, Chloe’s Closet has a new storefront in Berkeley. Be sure to check out the detailed “How to Consign” section on the website before you go. No appointment is necessary to sell, and they buy anytime they’re open.

Insider Tip: The store’s Twitter feed occasionally offers coupons or call outs for in-demand items.

Bernal Heights
451 Cortland Ave.
San Francisco, Ca
415-642-3300
Hours: Mon.–Fri., 10 a.m.–6 p.m.; Sat. and Sun.,10:30 a.m.–6 p.m.
Online: chloescloset.com

Inner Sunset
616 Irving St.
San Francisco, Ca
415-664-4611
Hours: 10 a.m.–6 p.m. every day
Online: chloescloset.com

Berkeley
1545 Solano Ave.
Berkeley, Ca
Phone: 510-900-6043
Hours: 10 a.m.–6 p.m. every day

Peekabootique
This landmark Noe Valley shop has been buying, selling and trading for more than 20 years. The store mixes resale along with new, and the store owners are dedicated to selling only healthy, toxin-free items. All new merchandise meets the Consumer Product Safety Information Act standards for lead and phthalates. Plastic items, including bath, beach and fun little trucks are BPA and phthalate free. Keeping with the earth-friendly theme, all sunscreens rank in the top 10 on the the Environmental Working Group’s safe sunscreen list. Look for high-end brands including Oilily, Petit Bateau, Hanna Andersson, Catimini, Deux par Deux, Burberry, Moschino, and Kenzo. Appointments to sell are required and must be booked a month in advance. Check out their Facebook page for the latest merchandise.

Insider Tip: The calendar for booking month opens on the 15th of each month—so on June 15th you can book July appointments.

1306 Castro St.
San Francisco, Ca
415-641-6192
Hours: Mon.–Fri., 10:30 a.m.–7:30 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.–6 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.–5 p.m.
Online: peekabootiquesf.com

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Photo courtesy of Grove Street Kids 

East Bay

Grove Street Kids
Grove Street Kids owner Anne Marie Elliot is a mom who loves giving back to the community while combining her passions for eco-responsibility and fashion. The efforts have paid off: Her shop has received numerous “Best Kids Boutique” awards in the Bay Area. The charming window displays and play area in the back keep kids and moms happy, and the business recently moved to a larger location, so they’re clearly doing something right! Keep an eye on their Facebook page for the latest goods and promotions.

Insider Tip: Check out the frequent buyer program, Round-A-Bout Kids. For every $10 spent, get a punch in your card, when you reach $100, get 15% off your next purchase.

Grove Street Kids
1644 MLK Jr. Way
Berkeley, Ca
510-843-KIDS
Hours: Tues.–Fri., 10 a.m.–6 p.m.; Sat., 11a.m.–5 p.m.
Online: grovestreetkids.com

CarlaPie Baby and Kids
Since opening in 2005, this boutique quickly built a reputation as a source for hip brand name, gently-used clothing for little ones. Also look for toys, books, DVD’s and gear for babies, kids and parents. You’ll find brands including Abercrombie & Fitch, Roxy, Gymboree, Stride Rite, Janie & Jack, Juicy Couture, and True Religion. Looking for the perfect pink tutu? CarlaPie is your go-to for frothy tulle get-ups.

Insider Tip: Can’t make the drive? Check out CarlaPie’s online sales.

CarlaPie Baby and Kids
109F Town and Country Dr.
Danville, Ca
925-552-9946
Hours: Mon.–Fri., 10 a.m.–6 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; Sun. by appointment only
Online: cpkidsconsignment.com

Berri Kids Boutique
A newcomer in the kids consignment game, Berri Kids is off to a great start with a bright, clean inventory of gently used children’s clothing, books, toys and gear. In fact, they have more than they can accept already: sellers are limited to two baskets of clothing, twice a month. Also note that the store does not accept clothing brands from big box stores including Circo and Cherokee from Target and Arizona from JC Penny. They also won’t take cribs, mattresses, stuffed animals or car seats. Check the website for all their guidelines, and check out their Facebook page for the latest merch.

Insider tip: The website offers a page where sellers can see whether their items have sold and for how much.

3037 Hopyard Rd. Ste. E
Pleasanton, Ca
925-399-7723
Hours: Mon.–Fri., 10 a.m.–4 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.–2:30 p.m.; closed Sun.
Online: berrikidsboutique.com

South Bay

Outrageous Outgrowns
Coming up October 3–5, 2014, this bi-annual resale event features more than 40,000 items and is a must for our list even though it’s not technically a store. No consignment lover can skip this amazing three-day extravaganza of buying and selling, which has been going on for more than 15 years. If you plan to sell, be sure to register in advance, and check the website for future sale dates.

Insider tip: Parking is free, and on the last sale day some items are often 50% off.

Santa Clara County Fairgrounds, Pavilion Hall
344 Tully Rd.
San Jose, Ca
Hours: October 3, 4, and 5, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Online: outrageousoutgrowns.com

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Photo of the Lovely Bump via Google Maps

Peninsula

The Lovely Bump
Nestled in downtown San Bruno, this light and airy shop will dash any misgivings about shopping consignment. The clothes are clean and hung on wooden hangers, it’s stroller-friendly with wide aisles, and offers a range of new and almost-new clothing, baby linens and gear. Buyers accept only new or brand-name clothing for babies age 0-2. Clothing for kids 3-14 and maternity wear can be gently used.

Insider Tip: Be sure to check out the kiddie play area, also home to Larry the in-house turtle.

The Lovely Bump
509 San Mateo Ave.
San Bruno, Ca
650-583-1159
Hours: Mon.–Thurs., 10 a.m.–7 p.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.–6 p.m.; Sun., noon–6 p.m.
Online: thelovelybump.com

Do you have a favorite shopping spot for gently used kids clothes? Tell us in the comments below!

—Kristen Philipkoski

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