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.

Sela’s Small Couture

Sela’s Small Couture on Queen Anne specializes in high-end children’s resale, so parent’s can get those quality brands without paying full price.

Sell with them: Because they’re not a consignment store, Sela’s offers sellers cash or store credit on the spot. What percentage the items are worth is based on what’s brought in, what’s in inventory, and the cash out vs. store credit decision. But generally speaking, sellers can expect to receive anywhere between 20-50% of their items’ sale price. What Sela’s takes starts at Gap and runs the gamut through high-end Euro brands like Primigi and Oilily, all gently used, in good condition. The best part? No appointment is necessary to sell. Just drop in any time they’re open. Closet purge commence! 

Buy with them: If boutique brands are what you or your kiddos crave, this is the place to find them, in good condition. Sela’s carries clothing and shoes only (with a few chic diaper bags), ranging from newborn through to size 10/12. And don’t sweat it if you’ve got the kidlets in tow. There’s a little play area that streams in Sprout TV, keeping kiddos occupied while you browse. It’s truly shopping made easy. 

What you’ll love: The couture focus of this little boutique means smaller selection in a smaller space, so it’s easy to sift through the inventory (or spot new adds) and find pieces that appeal to you. It also means a revolving inventory that turns over pretty quickly. So what you don’t find one week may appear the next. But the bottom line is it’s good product and a good price, which means a lot for busy parents. That and Macrina Bakery is right across the street. Don’t you just love a twofer?

Sela’s Small Couture
610 W. McGraw St.
Seattle, Wa 98119
Online: and on Facebook

photo: Kalea Harrison

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