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.
Wish Upon Children’s Consignment
This Magnolia fave will have you wishing back-to-school shopping happened more than once a year.
Consign with them: If you’re interested in consigning with Wish Upon, be sure to call ahead and schedule an appointment. As a popular area shop, you may find a bit of a wait, but “like” them on Facebook to work around it and be notified of their no-appointment-necessary drop-off times that happen about twice a month and are open to fans. Or ask to be put on the consignor wait list. They’ll give you a call if someone misses their appointment. From there, consignors can use 50% of the value in store credit or take 40% in cash. And if all you’ve got is books or toys to bring in, no appointment is necessary. Just drop on in!
Buy with them: There’s noticeable variety in the products that Wish Upon stocks, as they take clothes from Circo through Nordstrom to create a true range of styles and prices. And while clothes are definitely seasonal, the owners are keenly aware of Seattle’s year-round mild weather, so clothes and gear to fit that season is almost always around. As for local, Wish Upon showcases some great items made by local moms, like tutus and fairy wings from a Portland-based maker and Magnolia-themed clothing made in town. There’s a little something for everyone to love here.
What you’ll love: Sure Wish Upon has great clothes that fit a family’s budget, no matter what it is. And yes, they’ve got great gear that’s reasonably priced. But they’ve also got a gated playroom so that parents can rest easy while they shop because there is no escape from this safe, clean and organized playspace. Plus, if you make a purchase at Wish Upon, you can receive 10% off at nearby Serendipity, one of Magnolia’s most popular cafes. Sweet!
photo: Katie Kavulla
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.
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— Allison Sutcliffe, Kristina Moy & Allison Rasmussen