It’s back to school time and that means it’s time to freshen up little wardrobes! But instead of paying full price for clothes they’ll (probably) outgrow overnight, check out these resale shops! In a fashion forward town like LA, we have lots of stores that specialize in gently used, designer, vintage and good old-fashioned “play” clothes at a fraction of the price. Scroll down to suss our top shopping spots in the city for back to school and beyond.
Venice: Borobabi Pop Up Shop
Head to the westside and make this limited-time pop-up kid's clothing store a must-shop stop. What's unique about Carolyn Butler's concept is that you can buy new and gently used clothes that are sustainable and ethically sourced, you can rent them, but you can also return them when you are finished and get credit towards your next purchase.
Expect carefully curated clothes for infants, toddler and kids that will make them the most stylish kids on the playground. Don't be surprised if you shed a tear once your kid ages out. This clothing concept is a goldmine.
What We Love: To date, Borobabi has saved 82 tons of CO2, diverted .25 tons of clothing from the landfill, and saved 4.8 million gallons of freshwater.
When: Aug. 30-Sept. 23; 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
798 Main St.
Sierra Madre: Rowan & Co. Kids Shop
Find tons of options for kids from clothing, toys, and books for kids (newborns to pre-teens) plus expecting parents (baby gear and more). Expect to find contemporary styles from in-demand brands like Zara Kids, Mini Boden, Hanna Andersson, and Natives. Keep an eye out for their 100% organic cotton options to their racks as well as one-of-a-kind vintage pieces. Their enviable stash comes from local parents, who trade in their items and earn 40% of the resale value in trade credit that can be used in store on purchases so you know you're getting cool, curated clothes.
18 W Sierra Madre Blvd.
Culver City: Noodles Kid's Resale Shop
In business for over 20 years, this resale shop is loaded with gently used clothing and baby gear. Expect reasonable pricing (PS: Check out their coupons on their website) and one of the best costume selections we've seen.
4907 Sepulveda Blvd.
Los Angeles: Spoiled!
If you'd rather dress your little one in Gucci rather than Gap but don't want to pay those high-end prices, head to Spoiled!—a resale and consignment boutique that focuses on luxury clothing brands, mostly from Europe, for children ages 0 to 16 years. We love the filter option on their website where you can choose your brand or size preference.
8178 Melrose Ave.
Manhattan Beach: Children's Orchard
This is a sure spot for Manhattan Beach mamas. The store is filled with gently used clothing, toys, books and even baby gear (strollers and the like) for kids 0-12. While they are not accepting clothing in exchange for store credit, they are accepting equipment, toys and shoes. Tip: you'll get more bang for your buck if you go with store credit. Be sure to check their Facebook and Instagram pages for updates on their frequent (and beloved) dollar tag sales (yep, where hundreds of items on sale for just $1).
2701 Sepulveda Blvd.
Silver Lake: Grow Kid Grow
This resale boutique is filled to the brim with gently used clothing for from newborn to big kid (they're expanding their sizes every year, and include maternity and some mom-wear, too). The racks are nicely organized by size and it doesn't take much to uncover some amazing finds for a fraction of their original price. Peruse while your kdis play at the train table. Be sure to check the sale rack out front for the biggest deals and there is always a sample sale rack inside the store the highlights local designers. There are also incredible vintage pieces throughout the store that will make you swoon. One of the greatest perks is friendliness of the folks in the store. If you're looking for something specific, give them a call and they'll be happy to take a look and let you know if they have what you're looking for. You can sell your old clothes, books or toys by appointment to make the deal especially sweet. And if you're in need of a birthday gift there are plenty of gently used toys, books and new handmade items that you won't be able to pass up. One stop shopping at its finest.
4310 W. Sunset Blvd.
Eagle Rock: The Green Bean
This Eagle Rock spot is more than just a boutique. Sure, there are gently used (and adorable) clothing, plus an array of new and used shoes, toys, books, gear and locally handcrafted goods. There is a toy section where the kids can play while you shop.They offer 40% of resale in store credit or 30% in cash for items you bring in, in sizes 18 months to youth size 8. Baby gear is also accepted on consignment. Beyond shopping, The Green Bean offers a number of family classes including story time, Family Song and events throughout the year. Also check on the "Hollow Trees" performance schedule—the store's owner, Traci Green is a member of this awesome family-centric band. (Check their calendar for more info.) And if you're looking for something specific, give a call. The folks at Green Bean are always happy to take a peek for you before you drive over.
Once you're done shopping, the neighborhood is full of fun for the family from Swork Coffee, Bubble Cuts, Oinkster and Peekaboo.
5060 Eagle Rock Blvd.
Burbank: Wear It Once Wear It Twice
This boutique is full of like-new clothing and shoes from top brands. The store is well organized so you can find exactly what you're looking for (and perhaps a few surprises along the way). Bring in your tots gently used clothing by appointment and receive cash or store credit. Hint: you'll get 50% return if you take the store credit. While you're there, be sure to check out their selection of toys, books, furniture and baby gear. There a little bit of everything here.
1725 W Verdugo Ave.
Urban Kids Consignment
COVID UPDATE: All events have been cancelled until further notice.
Kids organizes a massive four-day kids consignment event, four times a year. What started as a hobby, grew into such such a hit, it just won the 2016 Red Tricycle Totally Awesome Award for Most Sensational Resale Store in Los Angeles. These events draws thousands of families looking for gently-used kids clothing, shoes, toys, baby gear and so much more. Not only can you sell (most who participate make between $200-$300 per sale, in addition to cleaning out their closets), buy (and save 50%-90% off retail), Urban Kids also donates truck loads of gently used children’s items after each event to families that need them the most. It's a win-win-win situation.
L.A. Kids Consignment
COVID UPDATE: The sales have moved online! Pick up purchased items curbside.
L.A. Kids is the largest of the local consignment sales in LA and has multiple sale locations. You will find and huge selection and here you can buy and sell gently used clothing, toys and gear for newborn babes to your pre-teens. Prices are 50-70% off retail prices. And if you want to make a real investment you can purchase VIP passes online to avoid the crowds and get first pick. Also, volunteers get into the private pre-sales early. LA Kids Consignment hold 6-7 sales per year with three coming up in the Fall in the San Fernando Valley, Pasadena, and Torrance.
Hit the Flea Markets
LA has a fantastic list of flea markets that sell vintage and used clothing. Hit a couple of these before school starts and you and your little fashionistas will be set.
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—LeTania Kirkland Smith & Andie Huber