Photo credit: Just Between Friends
Cool kids' clothing shop
Winner: Just Between Friends
One of last year’s finalists, Just Between Friends moved into the winner’s circle this year with its sales of gently used, affordable children’s and maternity items, all checked against recall notices for safety. Not only does the money you spend go back to local parents, but many of the unsold goods are donated to families in need, so everyone benefits. Events are held twice yearly in various locations around the Sound.
Located in Seattle’s Greenwood neighborhood, Childish Things makes the finalist list again this year. Childish Things sells previously owned high-end kids’ clothes from preemie to size 8. It has a special focus on maternity clothes and nursing and baby gear that sets it apart from other children’s thrift shops. One shopper says, “It’s so well-organized, and there’s even a play area to entertain my son while I shop. Win-win!” Its partnerships with the Program for Early Parent Support (PEPS) and WestSide Baby add more good feelings to the shopping experience.
New to the lists this year is Columbia City’s Chrysanthemum. Its careful selection of kids’ clothing from newborn to size 8 ranges from high-quality modern items to true vintage. Keep an eye out for items made by local crafts-moms, too. With the store’s emphasis on style rather than brands, shoppers are bound to find something unique on every visit. Stocking less famous brands also helps keep prices lower than you would expect, given the shop’s obvious love of quality.
Issaquah’s consignment store Small Threads for Kids emphasizes quality and timeless style in the season-appropriate children's clothing it sells. But loyal customers tout its thrift store bargains and cheerful, we’re-all-family-here atmosphere. “You can find some really nice, high-end clothes and other quality items there for kids without spending a fortune,” says one shopper, explaining why consigners choose store credit over cash payments.
An extremely loyal South Sound fanbase voted Rhea Lana's Consignment Event into the finals for several categories. Like the winner, Just Between Friends, Rhea Lana’s is a nationally run, locally organized seasonal consignment event, so it takes a little planning to attend. The March event in Tacoma was a big success — sign up for their eNews to learn when a local event is scheduled for the fall.