Well it’s that time of year again. School has started and fall has hit Seattle, with its usual wet and windy gusto. That can only mean one thing. It’s time to switch out the summer duds for warmer wear. Closets, beware! We’re coming for you. And that makes it the perfect time to take last year’s faves for a little consignment switch-a-roo. Need a new-to-you Halloween costume? Or how about some bigger rain boots (puddles are serious business around here, after all)? Whatever you need, we’ve got the 411 on all the 425 has to offer in the way of kid’s consignment. Read on!
Hopscotch Consignment Boutique
High-quality clothes for the wee ones and chic maternity wear for the mamas is the name of the game at this Bellevue boutique.
Buy with them: If lofty names are what you’re looking for, look no further. Hopscotch has them. Burberry, Oilily and Ralph Lauren live on these shelves (but not for long), alongside cute pieces from Hanna Andersson, Gymboree and Mini Boden. And for the ladies who are dressing for two, they’ve got a great maternity section as well. Current clothes and designer jeans like Citizen and Seven’s means that mama can look good, too. Yep, even in your third trimester when you wonder if you’ll ever see your toes again.
Sell with them: If you’re looking to consign at Hopscotch, just make an appointment, then bring your items (1 bag only, please) down to the store to be sorted. Consignors can earn 40% in cash or 50% in store credit once things sell. Rain boots and raincoats are big sellers, so bring them if you’ve got them. And if your little’s shoe collection rivals that of Nordtrom’s, bring some of them over, too! Uggs, Toms and Hunters are in-n-out lickety-split. Because even the tot lot need fancy footwear!
What you’ll love: There’s much to love about Hopscotch! Head over to outfit the tiny dancers in your life with their new (not used) dancewear. Whether your little needs tutus or leotards, you can find them here. Then be sure to come back on the 3rd Thursday of the month. Why, you ask? Because this monthly tradition means Hopscotch (and the other shops in the area) are open late for a little nighttime shopping, complete with sales and wine. So text your bestie and save the date!
Cruzin Kidz Boutique and Consignment
Woodinville shoppers love Cruzin Kidz’s clothing choices, which run all the way up into pre-teen.
Buy with them: Curzin Kidz could outfit the Brady Bunch plus the Partridge Family with their newborn through 12/14 clothing sizes, where savvy shoppers can score pieces by Janie & Jack, Pumpkin, Mini Boden and Gymboree. And then you can stroll on over to the local artisans area to find cute hairbows, aprons, bibs, and bowties. Could there be anything cuter than a toddler wearing one of those? Giving space to moms looking to start a cottage business has always been an important part of Cruzin Kidz. One more way to buy local!
Sell with them: Consigners can bring in a max of 25 items when the store is open, or call ahead to make an appointment if you’d like to bring in more. Sorting happens on the weekend and “no thank yous” can be picked up early the following week. You’ll get 40% of the selling price in store credit or cash to use in 6 month’s time. Sounds good? It’s even better because they’d love to take your larger baby items off your hands, like high chairs, exersaucers and swings. Hello, more space in your basement and garage!
What you’ll love: If you’re looking for a special piece of furniture to complete your wee one’s room, check out the custom, shabby chic-style kid’s furniture at Cruzin Kidz. Tables, chairs, desks and book cubbies can be made to order, or you can choose from cute pieces already in the store. And if you’re looking to add a special touch, custom painting design work can add that extra flair you’re looking for, and will really tie the room together!
Little Quadoo Consignment
This customer favorite in Renton stocks big ticket items right on through to small hair clips and bows.
Buy with them: Parents will love the quality brands they can find at Little Quadoo. Gymboree, Janie and Jack, and Gap clothing hold up over time and make for great seconds. And you’ll also find a good selection of clothes on the cheap. Just see where your $5 can take you here! Little Quadoo is also home to awesome locally made products just for kids, moms and even dads. Tutus, aprons, nursing covers, and washcloths so soft you’ll just have to have one top the list. And don’t forget the adorable custom-made capes for the mini crew. Lightning bolts, skulls, butterflies, letters. You name it, they can put it on these colorful dress-up must-haves!
Sell with them: If you’re looking to consign and you’ve got 10 items or less, just drop by the store any time they’re open. But if your closets yielded more than a few choice pieces, call ahead and make an appointment, then cap it at 35 pieces. Consignors will get 40% of the sale price in cash, or 50% to be used as store credit. They’re always on the look out for pants and shirts in great condition, and they don’t discriminate based on brand. Just make sure everything’s flaw free and clean. And this is the place to take your no-longer-needed, big-ticket baby items, like strollers, cribs and pack-n-plays. They have a hard time keeping them on the shelves, which is great if you’re consigning!
What you’ll love: Parents and their mini-me’s will love the kid-friendly vibe at this adorable store. Their wide aisles fit strollers easily, and their staff is definitely understanding of your wee one, even if she’s crawling under racks or possibly climbing them. And consignors will heart the quick turn around time processing items. The sooner it’s out on the floor, the sooner you can use your credit or grab your cash. Little Quadoo for the win!
Small Threads for Kids
4,000 square feet of consignment heaven. This is a one-stop shop for everything you need for the kiddos.
Buy with them: Store-owner, Dixie says Small Threads specializes in “everything.” And that’s because you’ll find a little something for every one of your littles at the store. Their clothes run the gamut from everyday “let’s get messy” clothes right on through to formal family picture wear. It’s a place you’ll find pants for a buck, but you might also score a Neiman Marcus jacket. And they’ve got lots of new items too. Like their collection of Melissa and Doug art supplies that’ll have budding artists drooling. And the tot lot will go goo-goo for the Hape wall and cozy BabyLegs leg warmers.
Sell with them: Small Threads loves your used kids’ furniture. Whatever you’ve got, be in bookcases, cribs, dressers, nightstands… it’s an almost guaranteed seller. But whatever you decide to bring in, you’ll receive 50% of the sale price in store credit once it’s found a new home, or 40% of the sales price if you prefer a cash payout. So get diggin’ through those clothes, toys and baby items.
What you’ll love: Small Threads will be hosting a costume swap on October 12, and it’s gonna be a blast! Just bring in a costume (or two, or three…) before October 11. For each costume brought in, you’ll receive one ticket. Then, wake up early on October 12 and head to the store between 8:00 am and 10:00 am for the swap, where you can trade your ticket for a new-to-you costume. It’s a 1:1 swap ratio. Such a deal! Wanna know the best part? Swappers will also get 20% off of anything in the store during that two-hour window, too. Even on new items, like Bogs boots and Columbia gear and Ergos! Fair warning, only swappers can participate, though. So get out your old costumes, and get on over there. Stat!
Good to know
1. Consignment stores work on a seasonal rotation, so items you’re looking to consign should match the current or upcoming season. Right now, all of these stores are looking for fall/winter items, and are full to the rim with Halloween costumes (although all are still taking them). What a great way to save on something that’s once (maybe twice) worn!
2. Be sure your items are “sell ready.” That means, washed (or cleaned if you’re talking toys or furniture) and folded neatly, in a box or bag you can leave at the store.
3. Be sure to “like” your favorite consignment store on Facebook for daily deals and not-to-miss new arrivals. It’s an easy way to snag the perfect piece before someone else does.
Got a favorite Eastside place to consign your kids’ stuff? Share it in a comment below!