It’s back to school time and that means it’s time to swap threadbare jeans and tattered t-shirts for a more presentable wardrobe. If you want your child to look fashion-forward without paying full price, it’s time to shop these resale shops that offer gently used garments for a fraction of retail. Scroll down to check out the top second hand spots in the DMV.
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Want to shop? Calling all cloth diaper fans! With more than 14 brands, including Bum Genius, Ecosprout, and Happy Heinys, it’s easier than ever to cloth diaper with Enkore Kids. They have everything (new and consigned) from AIO/cloth pocket diapers to cutesy diaper covers and fun fasteners. They even sell reusable wipes! Not sure where to start? This shop also hawks sports clothes and dance gear for tots and older kids, and there’s a large play area that’s enclosed (score!). Best part: Clothes items are returnable within 7 days and 30 days for cloth diapers.
Want to consign? Consigning is by appointment only, but they’ll give you cash or store credit on the spot. Cash offers vary, but is often 50% off resale, which is about the same as yard sale prices. If you opt for store credit, you’ll get twice the amount of cash. All clothes and equipment must be clean, free of tears or breaks and not previously recalled.
146 S. Main St.
Boonsboro, MD 21713
photo: Bellies and Babies
Bellies & Babies
Want to shop? Bellies & Babies prides itself in offering upscale maternity clothes and brand name children’s items. They carry Aden + Anais, Sophie the giraffe teether, Sticky Bellies, and Ergo carriers. If you’re prego and in need of a nice maternity dress, you can save yourself the cash and rent one. And if you prefer to shop solo, kids can play in the outside play area with push toys or stay inside with the tented area decorated with books and toys.
Want to consign? Bellies & Babies accepts maternity clothes, children’s clothes (size newborn through age 8), popular baby gear, toys, and books. Your first time is by appointment only, but after that, you can conveniently “drop n run”. If you choose to be paid by check, you will receive 45% of what the item sold for (50% for high-end, non-clothing items). If you choose to be paid via store credit, you’ll receive 50% of the selling price.
1913 Mt. Vernon Ave.
Alexandria, VA 22301
photo: 529 Kids Consign
529 Kids Consign
Want to shop? If you have a little Beyoncé, Emma Watson or Tim Gunn in the making, then this is the place to outfit them. Trendy pieces abound, including baby Uggs, Hanna Anderson jammies and lots of sweet gifts for newborns. Plus, 529 offers up a well-curated maternity section. Sift through closely—you may be surprised by what you find (think: Burberry baby dresses, Ralph Lauren toddler suits, and Citizens for Humanity maternity jeans).
Want to consign? 529 offers a 60/40 split with consignors receiving 40% of the purchase price after a three month period. Sort through Junior’s too-snug outfits, and if they’re clean call to set up an appointment. If that baby Gap sweater doesn’t sell, you have the option of reclaiming it or 529 will donate it to the Lupus Foundation.
122 Royal St.
Alexandria, VA 22314
21020 Sycolin Rd. Suite 125
Ashburn, VA 20147
photo: The Growing Years
The Growing Years
Want to shop? The Growing Years is a kid-friendly store that will put your kiddo in a trance with their non-stop Disney movies. Have a more active child? They also have a play area to help your kids let out some energy. This consignment shop specializes in “gently-worn clothing and shoes at the most affordable prices”. Their inventory includes baby clothes, pre-teen clothes, maternity wear, and monogrammed jewelry and accessories. For your American Girl fanatic, you can also find American Girl outfits.
Want to consign? While some shops require a consignment fee, you won’t be charged one at The Growing Years. They accept gently-used children’s clothes from newborn to size 16, children’s shoes, and maternity wear. It’s by appointment only. You will receive 40% of the clothes’ selling price and 50% for larger products (e.g., strollers and Pack ‘N Plays). A limited number of toys are accepted, like small slides, kitchens, bicycles/tricycles, and wagons.
10303 Kensington Pkwy.
Kensington, MD 20895
Once Upon a Child
Want to shop? Sure, this may be a national franchise, but this branch is one of the best we’ve scoped. It carries a ginormous selection of seasonal wear…all year long. So if you’re looking for a swimsuit in December for that trip to Disney World, or need a winter coat before the summer is out (maybe for a trip to Alaska?) you can find it here without spending a fortune.
Want to consign? Not only do you not have to schedule an appointment, but you get paid up front (amounts vary). Just bring in your stuff, they’ll make an offer and out you go! So no need to wait and hope your items sell before collecting some cash.
10030 Baltimore National Pike
Ellicott City, MD 21042
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Kid to Kid
Want to shop? You’ll find high-quality brands that are gently used in this well organized space. This isn’t your run-of-the-mill thrift shop experience; you’re likely to forget that these duds are second hand because everything here is clean and tidy.
Want to consign? There is no need to make an appointment, walk-ins are welcome. Kid to Kid accepts freshly laundered children’s clothing up to size 14, toys and infant equipment. Due to space constraints, all items that are not sold must be picked up within 24 hours of the end of the consignment period. All unsold items are donated.
11711 C Parklawn Dr.
Rockville, MD, 20852
Wear It Again, Kid
Want to shop? This West Virginia institution has grown to include two NOVA locations. You’ll find each shop overflowing with clothes and baby gear. It can be a challenge to sort through the sheer volume of options at these boutiques, but the deals you’ll score are worth the hunt.
Want to consign? Consignments are accepted on a daily basis. There are no annual fees, drop off fees, listing fees, or pick up fees. You will receive 50% of sales on items sold. You can choose to pick up or donate items that do not sell.
311 W. Washington St.
Charles Town, WV 25414
47E Catoctin Cir. SE
Leesburg, VA 20175
145 E. Davis St.
Culpeper, VA 22701
photo: Luice T. via Yelp
Little Lords & Ladies
Want to shop? Little Lords and Ladies is a one-stop-shop for parents. You can find over 30,000 items arranged by size and color. They sell gently-used clothes (for ages 3 months to 16 years), toys, shoes, beds, gliders, seasonal items, a ride-on train rental, and an embroidery service. In addition to their shop, they have story time, camps, and an enclosed two-story play area that even moms will want to explore.
Want to consign? Items are received by appointment and season only, except for their walk-in week. Using their online scheduler, you schedule an appointment and check on your item’s status. You will receive 40-60% of the item’s sold price, or you can opt to immediately receive store credit.
14231 Willard Rd, Ste. 500
Chantilly, VA 20151
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