Call it the call of the eco-conscious and not just the cost-conscious. Never mind that shopping for maternity clothes isn’t exactly the bundle of joy you’d hoped it would be (um, hello, newly shaped rear-end). Or the fact that you’ve got a couple of style-challenged tots in tow who think they’ve got a thing or two ahead of Stacy and Clinton. Not to mention the minor detail of your parking in a load/unload zone, causing the meter on your temper to scamper and flee in several different directions. Dressing room disaster, anyone?
Enter Bellevue’s newly opened Hopscotch Consignment Boutique, where the parking is plentiful and the gently-used kids and maternity clothes are bountiful. On a recent visit we were pleased to find a store chock full of great finds in sizes infant through 12, including brands like Mini Boden, Hanna Andersson, Janie and Jack, Gap Kids, Ralph Lauren, The Children’s Place and maternity lines like Japanese Weekend, A Pea in the Pod and Gap Maternity. Prices are about 60-70% off retail, making purchasing decisions a snap. Most kids tees were less than $5, high quality name brand jeans were $10-$23 and maternity clothes range from $7 – $70. The shop also carries a great selection of baby gear like strollers, slings, toys and exersaucers, all super clean and in great condition.
Owner Kim Kasin, a mom of two, is delightful and ultra organized. In addition to running her consignment business, she also works as a marriage and family attorney, meeting with clients before and after hours in her office (which doubles as a dressing room, love that). Looking to unload some stuff? Kasin takes walk-ins at any time during business hours (look, Mom, no appointment!) and she has a feature on her website where consigners can login and check the status of their accounts at any time.
Insider tips: The third Thursday of every month, Hopscotch stays open late for wine, shopping and mingling, along with nearby businesses like Haystack Antiques and Between Friends Consignment upstairs. Make an evening of it and be sure to stop in Your Local Market on Bellevue Way on your way home for some delish deli items and a refreshing glass of strawberry-infused water and top things off with a stop at Cupcake Royale (also on Bellevue Way, in the newly remodeled iconic iHOP building).
It all makes the trip across 520 well worth the drive (and er, toll). For Bellevue residents who never had a children’s consignment store until now, it’s reason enough to clean out those closets and make room for recycled fashions.
136 105th Avenue Northeast (downtown Bellevue)
— Allison Ellis (she even took the first photo, too!)