The best resale and consignment stores for back-to-school shopping
It’s back to school and that means it’s time to refresh those little wardrobes! But instead of paying top dollar for clothes that they (probably) will outgrow overnight, take a look at these resale stores! In a forward-thinking city like LA, we have plenty of stores that specialize in lightly used, designer, vintage and old-fashioned “play” clothing at a fraction of the cost. Scroll down to check out our best stores in town for back to school and beyond.
Head west and make this limited-time pop-up children’s clothing store a must stop. What is unique about Carolyn Butler’s concept is that you can buy new and lightly used, durable and ethically sourced clothes, you can rent them, but you can also return them when you’re done and get a credit for your next purchase.
Expect carefully selected clothes for infants, toddlers and children that will make them the most stylish kids on the playground. Don’t be surprised if you shed a tear after your child gets older. This concept of clothing is a gold mine.
What we love: To date, Borobabi has saved 82 tonnes of CO2, diverted 0.25 tonnes of clothing from the landfill, and saved 4.8 million gallons of fresh water.
When: Aug 30-Sep. 23; 9 am-9pm
798 Main Street
Find tons of options for kids, clothes, toys and books for kids (newborns to pre-teens) as well as expectant parents (baby gear and more). Expect to find contemporary styles from high-demand brands like Zara Kids, Mini Boden, Hanna Andersson, and Natives. Keep an eye out for their 100% organic cotton options on their shelves as well as unique vintage pieces. Their enviable stash comes from local parents, who trade their items and earn 40% of the resale value in trade credit that can be used in-store for purchases so you know you’re getting cool, neat clothes.
18 West, Sierra Madre Boulevard.
In business for over 20 years, this resale store is full of lightly worn baby clothes and gear. Expect reasonable prices (PS: check out their coupons on their website) and one of the best costume selections we’ve seen.
4907 boul. Sepulveda
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If you’d rather dress your little one up with Gucci rather than Gap but don’t want to pay those premium prices, head to Spoiled !, a resale and consignment store that focuses on luxury clothing brands, primarily from Europe, for children. aged 0 to 16. We love the filter option on their website where you can choose your brand or size preference.
8178 Melrose Avenue
It’s a safe place for Manhattan Beach moms. The store is stocked with lightly used clothing, toys, books, and even baby equipment (strollers and more) for children from 0 to 12 years old. While they do not accept clothing in exchange for store credit, they do accept equipment, toys, and shoes. Tip: You’ll get more for your money if you opt for store credit. Be sure to check out their Facebook and Instagram pages for updates on their frequent (and beloved) dollar tag sales (yes, where hundreds of items are on sale for just $ 1).
2701, boulevard Sepulveda
This resale shop is filled to the brim with lightly used clothes for newborns to big kids (they increase their sizes every year and also include maternity clothes and mom clothes). The racks are well organized by size and it doesn’t take much to uncover some amazing finds for a fraction of their original price. Browse while your kdis play at the train table. Be sure to check the sales display up front for the best deals and there is always a sample sales display inside the store that showcases local designers. There are also some amazing vintage pieces all over the store that will make you swoon. One of the biggest advantages is the friendliness of the people in the store. If you are looking for something specific give them a call and they will be happy to take a look and tell you if they have what you are looking for. You can sell your old clothes, books or toys by appointment to make the deal extra sweet. And if you need a birthday present, there are plenty of toys, books, and new handmade items that you can’t pass up. One stop shopping at its best.
4310 West Sunset Blvd.
This Eagle Rock spot is more than just a shop. Of course, there are lightly used (and adorable) clothes, as well as a range of new and used shoes, toys, books, gear, and local crafts. There is a toy section for kids to play while you shop. They offer 40% in-store resale credit or 30% cash for items you bring in, from size 18 months to youth size 8. Baby gear is also accepted on consignment. . Beyond shopping, The Green Bean offers a number of family classes including story time, family song, and events throughout the year. Also check out the “Hollow Trees” performance schedule – store owner Traci Green is a member of this awesome family-centric group. (Check their calendar for more information.) And if you’re looking for something specific, call. The folks at Green Bean are always happy to take a look for you before you drive.
Once you’re done shopping, the neighborhood is full of family fun at Swork Coffee, Bubble Cuts, Oinkster, and Peekaboo.
5060 Eagle Rock Boulevard
This store is full of like-new clothes and shoes from major brands. The store is well organized so you can find exactly what you’re looking for (and maybe a few surprises along the way). Bring your lightly worn clothes by appointment and receive cash or store credit. Tip: You will get a 50% return if you take the store credit. While you’re at it, be sure to check out their selection of toys, books, furniture, and baby gear. There is a bit of everything here.
1725 West Verdugo Ave.
photo: Consignment for urban children
COVID UPDATE: All events canceled until further notice.
Kids hosts a huge four-day children’s checkout event, four times a year. What started as a hobby has grown into such success, it just won the 2016 Red Tricycle Totally Awesome Award for Most Sensational Resale Store in Los Angeles. These events attract thousands of families looking for children’s clothing, shoes, toys, baby gear and more. Not only can you sell (most attendees earn $ 200- $ 300 per sale, in addition to cleaning their closets), buy (and save 50-90% on retail), Urban Kids also donates trucks. lightly used children’s items. after each event to the families who need it most. It’s a win-win situation.
Locations vary. Find details of all upcoming sales online.
photo: LA Kids Consignment
COVID UPDATE: Sales have moved online! Pick up items purchased from the curb.
LA Kids is the largest local consignment sales in LA and has multiple outlets. You will find a huge selection and here you can buy and sell lightly used clothes, toys and equipment for newborns to your pre-teens. Prices are 50-70% off retail prices. And if you want to make a real investment, you can buy VIP passes online to avoid the crowds and get the top pick. In addition, volunteers go into private presales very early on. LA Kids Consignment has 6-7 sales per year, including three in the fall in the San Fernando Valley, Pasadena and Torrance.
Locations vary. Find details of all upcoming sales online.
LA has a fantastic list of flea markets that sell vintage and second-hand clothing. Hit a few before school starts and you and your little fashionistas will be all set.
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—LeTania Kirkland Smith and Andie Huber
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