It’s back to school time and in-person learning means it’s time to swap pajamas and sweats 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.
Shop this upscale consignment store for popular brands like Boden, Lily, Hanna and Tea. The items at this store are so gently used, it's hard to believe they aren't brand new! Follow them on Instagram and you can check out inventory without making a trip to the store.
Want to consign? Consigning is by appointment only, but if you have 20 items or less you can walk in on Wed. Lemon Lane offers a 50/50 split on consignments, but you can reap a 60% cut of sales if you choose a store credit for future purchases.
246 W. Broad St.
Falls Church, VA
Bellies & Babies
Bellies & Babies prides itself in offering upscale maternity clothes and brand name children’s items. 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
529 Kids Consign
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 S. Royal St.
Alexandria, VA 22314
The Growing Years
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
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 Dec. for that trip to Disney World, or need a sweater before the summer is out 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
Kid to Kid
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
This West Virginia institution has grown to include two NOVA locations. You'll find each shop overflowing with clothes, books, toys 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. You can find high-end garments here, but since they don't snub Big Box labels, you can nab a Cat & Jack outfit for a few bucks.
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
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