2013 Golden Teddy Winners: Shopping + Services
Shopping + Services
Selection. Customer service. Prices. These are the things readers value when it comes to what they’re buying — and where they’re buying it. We’ll shop for deals, sure — but what do we really cherish? Merchandise that’s high quality, salespeople who are helpful and knowledgeable, and a fun, easily accessible environment.
Kids’ Consignment Shop
What could be better than terrific, stylish, gently used kids and maternity clothing? Not much — except perhaps strollers, high chairs, swings, baby seats, toys and more. Find all this at Hopscotch Consignment Boutique in downtown Bellevue. Popular brands available at the store include Hanna Andersson, Burberry, Petit Bateau, Ralph Lauren, Gap … well, you get the picture. “The best EVER!” raves one fan. “Highest-quality consignment selection around, and the owner is great … a real mom who gets it,” says another. Voters appreciate the “great customer service” and “great prices.”
You like Jack & Jill, a consignment store that holds sales, providing the venue, advertising and promotion. Consignors prepare items for the sale and drop them off at a designated time. Sales are held at the Lynnwood Convention Center. After the sales, Jack & Jill donates items to local organizations that support families in need. “I love this sale! It just gets bigger and better every year. I am able to fully clothe my kids for each season in super-cute, stylish clothes and stay on budget,” says a reader. Another adds, “Huge, great selection, ran great, always a ton of fun!”
Little Quadoo Consignment, located in Renton, accepts kids’ clothing up to size 10, maternity clothing, toys, furniture, books and more. Customers clearly like the “super-friendly staff, great prices,” “organized, high-quality items” and “reasonable consignment policies.” One voter says simply, “It’s amazing!”
Childish Things values safety and checks items to make sure they’re not recalled, have no loose parts and pose no safety risks. You know this Seattle-based boutique understand kids — the staff counts 16 children between them, from ages 2 to 25. The store offers a selection of gently used clothing for babies and children (preemie to size 8), maternity clothes and baby gear, toys, books and shoes. “Clean, well-organized and stocked with high-quality stuff. Feels a lot less overcrowded than many resale shops without skimping on merchandise,” says a shopper. “Amazing finds — love getting an offer on stuff when I drop things off!” says another.
Best Baby Boutiques
Fans rave: Great selection of environmentally friendly products and WONDERFUL service. ... Personal service, great returns/exchanges, adorable shop.
Hopscotch Consignment Boutique
Fans rave: Great selection of adorable baby items, a lot new with tags. ... Designer baby clothes at low cost!
Once Upon a Time — Sweet presents, quality products. ... I love all of their products.
Simple Cloth — I didn't know anything about cloth diapering when I went in to look around - other than that I wanted to look into it as an environmetnally friendly and cost effective option. An hour later, I left with everything I needed, including an education that I won't soon forget! Also, their prices are amazing, even compared with online retailers.
Village Maternity — Great, unique selection.
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