Shopping for cool back-to-school clothes doesn’t have to break the bank. Don’t believe us? Just swing by one of these local consignment and thrift stores, which are stocked with designer clothes at bargain basement prices.


529 Kids Consign
Started by a boy mom who had a passion for fashion, 529 is the perfect spot to get the latest in quality kid style. They also offer upscale clothing for the expectant mom, cool gift items, and hip gear. In addition to all of their stylish picks, the Hollin Hall location offers a weekly Mom’s Morning Out where fashion loving moms and tots can get together, have some tasty treats, and enjoy discounted shopping.

Awesome Back to School Find: Lunch bags from Sugar Booger.

122A. South Royal St. (Old Town, Alexandria, Va)

7918 Fort Hunt Rd. (Hollin Hall, Alexandria, Va)

Little Lords and Ladies
Little Lords and Ladies touted as one of the areas largest and most well stocked consignment shops in the DC Metro area is a great place to snag functional, every day kids clothing.  In addition to gently worn clothing items, it’s a cool place to beef up your new-reader library since the carry tons of books for beginning readers.  It’s the perfect back-to-school shopping spot since their massive inventory goes from newborn to tweens.  Their recent relocation to a bigger space has added even more inventory, a children’s place space, and room for parties and classes (they offer an art class for mini people!).

Awesome Back to School Find: Books, books, and more books. Plenty of options for a variety of reading levels.

14231 Willard Rd., Suite 500 (Chantilly, Va)


Bellies & Babies Consignment Boutique
Bellies & Babies, located in the Del Ray area of Alexandria, is an upscale baby and expectant mama boutique that provides trendy, stylish, well-made, chic clothing.  For shoppers it’s awesome because you can check their entire inventory from the comfort of your couch to see if they have a good amount of options in your or your child’s size before you make a visit.

Awesome Back to School Find: Uniform pants and tops.

1913 Mt. Vernon Ave. (Del Ray, Alexandria, Va)

Wiggle Room
Located in downtown Bethesda, Wiggle Room offers stylish clothing at affordable prices to expectant moms and children. Their items range in size from newborn to 14/16, and they also carry a selection of Halloween costumes, baby gear, toys, books, and nursery decor items. Busy shoppers can check their website for weekly inventory updates where they highlight new items accepted into the shop.

Awesome Back to School Find: Melissa and Doug stickers for dressing up folders and lunch notes (they have ALL of them).

4924 Del Ray Ave. (Bethesda, Md)

Martha’s Outfitters
Growing a trend setting tween, but still have a budget to think about?  Martha’s Outfitters is the place to be for back-to-school shopping then. They offer tons of brands stylish kids dig (7 for All Mankind, Lucky, and Zara to be exact) and prices parents won’t balk at. Best part, looking good can actually do good too! Shopping at Martha’s Outfitters helps support Martha’s Table, an organization dedicated to providing education, food, and clothing programs to those in need.

Awesome Back to School Find: Jewelry, handbags, and other stylish accessories for adding flare to a big kid’s first day outfit.

2114 14th St., NW

2204 Martin Luther King Ave., SE


Dapper & Dainty
Voted the best consignment shop for two years by Maryland Gazette readers, this sweet Maryland boutique is a great place to snag brand name children’s clothing items (they carry sizes 0-10), maternity wear, baby gear, and toys. In addition to the new and/or “like new” consignment items, the shop showcases handmade items, including products created by local sellers, making it the perfect place to shop for unique and thoughtful gifts for friends and family (or teachers!), too.

Awesome Back to School Find: Fall sports items including soccer gear.

700 South Hammonds Ferry Rd., 2nd Floor (Linthicum, Md)

A truly unique consignment shop, Greenberries in Columbia helps support parents in living an affordably chic, eco friendly lifestyle with their children.  They offer gently worn kids clothing, baby gear, and maternity wear via consignors and also stock a number of new, eco-friendly and handmade toys and gifts.  Additionally, they offer nearly 20 different parenting courses to help keep their clients not only stylish, but informed as well.  Parents can learn to baby wear, cloth diaper, prepare their own baby food, and more via their friendly, knowledgeable staff.  They really are a community resource.

Awesome Back to School Find: Pura stainless steel bottles and containers; the perfect lunch sack companions for going back to school.

6925 Oakland Mills Rd., Suite S (Columbia, Md)

Where do you take your kids for back-to-school clothes?

—Amanda Rodriguez

Photos courtesy of 529 Kids Consign via Facebook, Dapper and Dainty via Facebook, Bellies and Babies via Facebook