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Designer Duds on a Dime: Consignment Shops for Kids

All moms have experienced buying that great outfit (usually overpriced) for their kid, only to have them wear it once before they’ve outgrown it. Instead of paying top dollar for that next special dress or shirt, consider the greener way to go and try buying or reselling gently used. It is a fantastic way to keep your kid in high style at a steep discount. Kids grow too fast to pay retail! Check out our favorite children’s consignment spots that buy, sell or trade throughout the Bay Area.chloescloset
Photo: Chloe’s Closet

San Francisco

Chloe’s Closet
This San Francisco consignment 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 size 8 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 added a location 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: Mon. – Sun.,10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Online: chloescloset.com

Berkeley
1545 Solano Ave.
Berkeley, Ca
Phone: 510-900-6043
Hours: Mon. – Sun.,10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Online: chloescloset.com
Online: northbay.jbfsale.com/homeView.jsp

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East Bay

Snickerdoodles
Snickerdoodles is a locally owned, family-operated consignment shop specializing in a wide range of affordable, recycled clothing, shoes and toys. Fabulous deals can be found here. They pride themselves on great service and new sellers are always welcome. The shop is located in downtown Danville close to other fun shops and restaurants so you can make an afternoon out of a trip there. Consignment hours and guidelines can be found on their website. Now accepting fall items, including Halloween costumes.

Insider Tip: Check their Facebook page for sales updates and promotions.

442 Hartz Ave.
Danville, Ca
925-820-4956
Hours: Mon.12 p.m.-5 p.m.; Tues.–Fri., 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Online: snickerdoodlesdanville.com

CarlaPie Baby and Kids
Since opening in 2005, this boutique quickly built a reputation as a source for brand name, gently used clothing for little ones. Also look for toys, books, DVDs and gear for babies, kids and parents. You’ll find brands for the current season here 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. They also just started accepting and selling women’s clothing.

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

CarlaPie Baby and Kids
109 F 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 great place to sell outgrown kids items in Pleasanton is Berri Kids. They have a fantastic inventory of new and like new children’s clothing, books, toys and gear at 40-60% off retail prices. They will buy your clothing outright, and accept baby gear on consignment. Clothing items range from 12 months to 10 years. 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. Favorite brands recently found here are Baby Gap, Crewcuts, Tea and Janie and Jack. Check their website for all their detailed guidelines.

Insider tip: Pick up your next birthday gift here—they have a fun selection of new gift and educational items.

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.
Online: berrikidsboutique.com

 

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Photo credit: Grove Street Kids

Grove Street Kids
Grove Street Kids has been a popular spot for moms with growing kids for the last several years. 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. You will find clothes for resale from newborn sizes to 8 years old. Maternity and baby gear is also found here.

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

Grove Street Kids
1385 Shattuck Ave.
Berkeley, Ca
510-843-5437
Hours: Tues.–Fri., 11 a.m.–6 p.m.; Sat., 11 a.m.–5 p.m.
Online: grovestreetkids.com

Hannah’s
This boutique has been the go-to for Berkeley moms in the know for over 20 years. Hannah’s specializes in recycled clothing for newborns up to size 12 youth and shoes up to 4 youth. You can also find new rain gear and gifts here too. Named Best Store by Parents’ Press, Hannah’s carries brands like Appaman, Columbia, North Face and Petite Bateau. While they normally buy items the first two weeks of each month, they are currently at capacity. The next date to sell items will be 8/31-9/3 and 9/8-9/10 which means now is a great time to go shop their large selection!

1871 Solano Ave.
Berkeley, Ca
510-525-3488
Hours: Mon.–Sat., 10 a.m.–6 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.–4 p.m.
Online: hannahsresale.com

 

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Photo credit: Jamie D. via Yelp

North Bay

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 here. 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
At Play it Again Kids, the owners know what Marin Moms are looking to buy. They have a vast inventory that changes every day. The shop won’t accept 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 like furniture or equipment, you have the option of arranging for the store to pick it up.

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

jbfnorcalsale Photo Credit: North Bay Just Between Friends (JBF)

 

North Bay Just Between Friends Children’s and Maternity Consignment Sales Event
This is the North Bay’s largest maternity and consignment sales event. It happens just twice a year and the next sale is October 15 through 18th at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds. Each sale has over 500 families consigning and boasts over 100,00 items including clothes, toys, books, games and gear for purchase. This event is highly organized, so much so that the space resembles a department store. Go to their website for admission information, selling details and to learn how to join a free consigning webinar.

Dates: Oct 15–18, 2015
Sonoma County Fairgrounds
Grace Pavilion
Santa Rosa, Ca
Shopping Hours: Oct. 15th: noon–8 p.m.; Oct. 16th: 9 a.m.–8 p.m.; Oct. 17th: 9 a.m.–3:30 p.m.; October 18th: 9 a.m.–2 p.m.

South Bay

Kid to Kid
Kid to Kid is great because they will simply pay you cash on the spot for your clothes, toys, books, DVDs and equipment (they also offer store credit). No need to study guidelines or make an appointment. Their huge selection runs the gamut–recent summer finds include great swimsuits, Melissa and Doug toys and a huge stroller selection. You can also find maternity items here. Stop in and leave with several items for the price of one retail piece! There is a play area for kiddos so moms can shop uninterrupted. Follow them on Facebook and stay on top of store promotions and sales.

2666 Homestead Rd.
Santa Clara, Ca
408-244-2248
Hours: Mon.–Fri., 10 a.m. –8 p.m.,  Sat., 10 a.m.–7 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.–6 p.m.
Online: kidtokid.com/santaclara

Bubble Kids
One of the few consignment shops in the area, Bubble Kids buys and sells used clothes and toys. Here, sellers consign for 40% of the sale price. Customer service is excellent, and their stock is high quality. Restyle items from here to give them a new life and to keep them out of the landfill. Add this store to your rotation and you’ll be sure to find something new at an extremely reasonable price! They don’t have a website, but you can find them on Facebook.

220 State Street, Suite 1
Los Altos, Ca
650-941-1858
Hours: Mon.–Fri., 10 a.m.–6 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m.–5 p.m.

Outrageous Outgrowns
This huge semi-annual sale is packed with more than 40,000 items from budget brands to high-end goods that cost much less than consignment prices. This amazing three-day extravaganza of buying and selling happens each spring and fall. Don’t be overwhelmed by the size of this sale; it is always easy to shop and well organized. If you plan to sell, be sure to register in advance, and check the website for more information.

Insider tip: Sunday (the last day of the sale) is known as Half Price Day. Many vendors slash prices even further!

Santa Clara County Fairgrounds, Expo Hall
344 Tully Rd.
San Jose, Ca
Hours: October 9, 10th and 11th 2015, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Online: outrageousoutgrowns.com

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Photo Credit: Bird in the Nest

Peninsula

Bird in the Nest
This adorable little boutique in downtown San Carlos is a gem. Shop here for a well-curated selection of affordable clothes, toys, books and maternity wear. They have both new and recycled kids clothing, from Newborn to 7 years.  Call to see what they are currently buying and to make an appointment. Bird in the Nest will pay you cash or trade on the spot, and they also consign larger ticket items.

Insider Tip: This store is easy to visit with your baby or toddler as they have a play area, changing station and nursing chair.
1568 Laurel St.
San Carlos, Ca
650-592-1983
Hours: Mon.–Sat., 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Online: thebirdinthenest.com

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. Call to set up an appointment to sell. Selling guidelines and appointment details are on the website.

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.–Sun., 11 a.m.–6 p.m.
Online: lovelybump.com

Too Cute
A local favorite for many years, this small consignment shop sells many of the brands that are featured in the surrounding shops on Burlingame Avenue but at a fraction of the cost. You can find new and gently used clothes (size 0-12), shoes, furniture and accessories here. All items are high quality and carefully chosen. Pop in after a meal or shopping on the Avenue and you might find an amazing deal! Call to make an appointment if you’d like to sell.

Too Cute
1375 Burlingame Ave.
Burlingame, Ca
650-348-2883
Hours: Mon.–Sat., 10 a.m.–5:00 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

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

—Melanie Ulate