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.
For families south of Seattle, Lollipops Consignment Shop has been a family fave since 1977. Known for its great prices and large selection of clothing sizes (from preemies all the way up to big kids), the store also sells toys and gear, items for expecting mamas and name-brand and vintage clothing for men and women. Go in for baby and come out with items for the whole fam!
Sell with them: When you bring your freshly laundered, neatly stacked and in perfect condition items to Lollipops they will be previewed by a staff member who is trained in the store’s buying practices. If the buyer is in, your items will get a look over on the spot. Otherwise, items will be tagged with your name and number and you will receive a call or text within a few days. Lollipops offers sellers cash or store credit on the spot, so there’s no waiting for items to sell before receiving payment. The store is extremely limited in storage space, so you will have to pick up your “no thank you” items within seven days or your items will be donated to charity.
Buy from them: Lollipops buys super-cute, name-brand clothes, so expect to find the good stuff here (think Gymboree, Janie & Jack, Hanna Andersson, Keenes, Hunter, TOMS… you get the drift). On occasion, the store will buy everyday store brands and most items including clothing, shoes, bags and accessories are no more than three years old.
What you’ll like: You will always find in-season merchandise along with baby items that are modern, clean, like-new and in complete working order (batteries and all).
photo: Lollipops via Yelp
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