In the present economic and ecological climate, there is a way for savvy Seattle mamas to transform their shopping habits into a new, rewarding adventure: the bargain hunt. Many of the items sold at the following list of consignment shops and boutiques are in such pristine condition, you’ll never believe you’re shopping second-hand goods. Quite often, you can bring in your unwanted items and pay it forward, earning store credit or cash. Policies differ by store, so it’s advisable to surf the site or call before bringing in your goodies to share.
For the young and young at heart, this one-of-a-kind Columbia City nook serves up a warm, hearty helping of nostalgia along with its vintage and classic treasures for adults and children. 10% off is given to kids learning to pay with their own money! Also, for your styling convenience, Columbia City Cuts hair salon is located in the back of the store.
Based in the charming Wallingford Center, Paron’s Closet consigns and sells new and gently-used clothing, shoes, diaper bags and other accessories for ages newborn to 6. The cozy, welcoming setting is easy to shop – mainly because you won’t be overwhelmed with items like car seats, strollers and other bulky baby gear. An added benefit is that whatever they don’t sell, they donate to local charities.
The stately entrance to Majesty, located in a quiet, Redmond Ridge strip mall, entices you to expect something grand. Once inside, you won’t be disappointed. Ornate chandeliers and well-styled displays in a spacious, super-organized layout offers clothing (for preemies to 14), toys and furniture. The aisles are stroller-friendly and you’ll be able to shop in peace as your kiddos enjoy a movie in the store’s theatre area.
Ok, this Bellevue consignment shop is mostly for ladies, but it does have a good selection of name-brand finds (Abercrombie, Juicy and beyond) for tween and teen girls in the family. With an exceptional women’s selection at a great price, you may feel inclined to head a few doors down to the chic Lamb’s Ears Children’s Boutique (non-consignment) to treat the kids.
This Capitol Hill alternative boutique takes green living seriously. In addition to the generous selection of gently used toys and clothing, shoppers can find new organic clothing lines (eight3one, Kate Quinn Organics), hemp and naturally made goods, nursing gear, baby wraps and significant space dedicated their collection of wooden toys.
Cruzin’ Kidz Boutique & Consignment
This Woodinville consignment store is well-organized and the clothes are in nearly-new condition; even the itty-bitty baby hats are neatly displayed on individual hangers. Among the resale labels are a nice supply of Gymboree, Hanna Andersson (after all this is HA territory with the outlet right up the street), and Baby Lulu too. On any given day, you may also find gently used gear, toys, books, monitors and more. Check out the brand new offerings from BabyLegs, Bobux shoes and the most requested baby carrier in town, the Ergo. Cruzin’ Kidz also sells custom children’s furniture by a local designer – everything from step stools to custom play kitchens.
Le Petit Shoppe
Not truly a “consignment” store but a resale store; they buy your goods outright and then resell them. Nestled in a small, University District strip mall, you’ll find high end clothing (think Hanna, Boden and Henri and Flora), shoes, strollers, maternity wear, bedding and furniture. Most toys are organic or wooden. They also sell local, handmade apron dresses, bibs and other wares, as well as Hanky Panky panties (new) for a steal. A play area welcomes kids while you shop .
This cozy West Seattle resale shop carries quality brands in a clean, easy-to-browse environment. With a mission statement to “meet today’s needs without jeopardizing the future’s resources,” mom-and-daughter team Ruth and Stephanie Hargrave have done all the zipper-and-button checking, so all the items are ready to wear. You can also find stuffed animals, toys, greeting cards, and a shelf of hand-selected books. Mingling with the resale items are new items from popular brands — See Kai Run shoes, Babylegs, IMPWEAR fleece (made by a Seattle mom), Speesees organic cotton onesies and Jack & Lily booties.
Sugar Lump: Madison Valley
In the smallest space imaginable you’ll find a treasure-trove of gently used clothing, shoes, maternity, books, small toys, and some new wares (See Kai Run). We love the “This is Paris” book (they also have London, New York , etc). Baby Legs and Putumayo CDs round out this store. You need to make an appointment for consignment. Take in your clean, in great shape clothing, and you get 60 days to sell.
This Redmond consignment fave is chock full of designer duds, toys (both new and used) and dance gear. Browse for a new-to-you outfit, keep the kids busy in the toy section, or pick out a great gift from the new section. The tulle halos are divine for any little angel on your list. They also sell scouting gear.
Kid 2 Kid
Packed with name brands at up to 70% off, the convenient buy-sell-trade system at Kid 2 Kid offers you immediate cash or 20% more in store trade.
While you’re browsing the well-selected array of children’s clothing up to size 10, Maternity clothing, toys, books, furniture and nursing gear, ask for the definition of a “quadoo.” Located in Renton.
In addition to making your life easier and less expensive, Childish Things in Crown Hill is also an active participant in the community, hosting diaper donation drives and transferring unsold clothing to the Westside Baby Charity.
Located in Greenwood, Labels has been specializing in consigments for women and children for over 20 years.
Me N’ Moms
With 3 locations in Puget Sound, Me N’ Moms hope to offer fun easy ways to save money, so that “we may slow our busy lives down and enjoy our children while they are still young.”
In addition to a cute, constantly updated selection, the owner of this Columbia City shop also embellishes some items into original pieces.
Two Timing Tam’s
Formerly known as The Lost Mitten, this North Bend provides consignment home furnishing and children’s apparel. 7025 Silent Creek Avenue Southeast, Snoqualmie, WA. For additional information and store hours, (425) 292-9317.
Get excited for the Lynwood Jack and Jill Consignment Sale, coming at the end of March. Check out Mama Swap, an online consignment community for parents. And don’t forget to peruse national thrift shops such as Value Village and Goodwill. Happy Shopping!