Back-to-school shopping can put a big dent in a parent’s wallet. Between the new kicks, new cuts and multiple boxes of No. 2 pencils, finding quality clothes at bargain prices is a must. Lucky for us, Seattle has some of the hippest consignment stores around. Click through the gallery and get ready to outfit your little trendsetter. This is back-to-school shopping at its green-loving best.


Chrysanthemum Children’s Vintage & Resale sprouted up in place of Sweet Pea and has blossomed over the past two years at its prime Columbia City location.

Sell with them: Gather up freshly laundered, unique or vintage pieces, sizes newborn through 12-14, and schedule an appointment with shop owner, Christina, any day of the week, except Saturday, so she can sort through the wardrobe. In return, you’ll receive 35% of the retail price in store credit to be used that day or when you’ve got time to shop. This is the place to take those beloved faves that are still in good shape.

Buy from them: There’s an obvious arty, vintage style to the clothes you’ll find on the racks at Chrysanthemum, where brands are secondary to cultivating a particular look. Many pieces are one-of-a-kind and appeal to trendsetters of all ages, but come without the trendsetter price tag. It’s totally worth a peek!

What you’ll love: Not only is the store like a vintage toy museum that’ll take you back to your own childhood, but Christina has a real passion for showcasing the products of local maker mommies. She weaves the think global, act local mentality into everything she does, which translates into good vibes whether you’re buying, selling or just browsing. Check out the adorable Seattle-themed printed onesies as well as oh-so-adorable Lola skirts and dresses kept up front.

4820 Rainier Ave. S.
Seattle, Wa 98118
Online: Find them on Facebook

photo: Chrysanthemum

Bonus Shop: Looking for some deals on the Eastside? Check out our consignment store coverage for shops in Bellevue, Kirkland, Renton, Issaquah and Woodinville. 

Bonus Tip: Lots of these stores (but not all) are currently taking Halloween costumes. So bring in last year’s and use the store credit to make an even bigger dent in this year’s BTS shopping spree. Then come back for some monster deals on a new-to-you costume in October.

Got a favorite kid’s consignment store for back-to-school shopping? We’d love to hear about it in the Comments below.

— Allison Sutcliffe, Kristina Moy & Allison Rasmussen