Credit: Kym’s Kiddy Corner in Phinney Ridge.
Most of us can probably agree that thrifting for cute and sturdy pre-owned kids’ clothes is superior to shopping for new, shiny outfits, at least when it comes to sustainability and the health of our bank accounts. Children grow out of clothes and toys as fast as lightning.
Recognizing the speed at which kids burn through their things, we’ve compiled a list of consignment and resale stores around Seattle for when it’s time to equip, replenish and upgrade.
Located in the heart of West Seattle, Three Little Birds currently sells approximately 75-percent resale and 25-percent new goods. The shop is in the process of taking over A Gain and Again resale store and the destination shoe shop, Kid Friendly Footwear, for an expansive, all-in-one space.
Features: The shop boasts a fully stocked changing table and a nursing chair for moms. The play area has been scaled back due to the pandemic, but will hopefully return in the future.
Owner Jennifer Young says, “We work hard to maintain an organized, shoppable, carefully curated boutique-style setting.” Young wants A Gain and Again/Kid Friendly Footwear consignors to know she will honor store credit in Three Little Birds once the shops have merged.
Address: 4736 California Ave. S.W., Seattle, WA 98116.
Opening hours: Monday–Friday, 10:30 a.m–6 p.m, Saturday, 10 a.m–6 p.m, Sunday, 11 a.m–4 p.m. (Holiday hours may vary.)
Parking: Street parking is available and, if necessary, pay lots are also close by.
Chrysanthemum in Columbia City is a non-consignment, vintage lover's paradise. Owner Christina Morehouse-Hidalgo stocks high-quality and unique contemporary, pre-owned (and did we already mention vintage?) clothes and select gear and toys. With a flair for nostalgic throwbacks and an eye for things beautiful and well-made, Morehouse-Hidalgo fills her shop with items she can sell and hopefully one day resell, truly taking part in circular kids’ fashion and playthings.
Features: Kids can steer a mini shopping cart around while their parent shops. Morehouse-Hildalgo speaks fluent Spanish and carries many Spanish language books.
Address: 4820 Rainier Ave. S., Seattle, WA 98118.
Opening hours: Tuesday– Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.– 5 p.m.
Parking: Street parking is nearby, both free and paid.
This Burien consignment shop has been around since 1977, and though we can imagine the tiny bell-bottoms and leisure suits it might have stocked back then, Cetera Mays and her husband Zack, the shop’s current owners, are firmly situated in the 21st century. They try to post stock regularly on Instagram and, in addition to offering in-person shopping, are happy to sell adorable outfits directly from their IG account.
Features: A TV that plays music or, by request, kiddie shows.
Address: 2038 S.W. 152nd Street, #3, Burien, WA 98166
Opening hours: Monday– Thursday,10 a.m– 5 p.m.; Friday– Saturday,10 a.m– 5:30 p.m.
Parking: Free street parking.
Wendy Powell, the owner of Childish Things has one main goal and that is to “make parents' lives a little simpler.” With a spacious, stroller-friendly shop, she stocks 75-percent pre-owned products and new rain gear “because there is never enough rain gear to sell second hand.” She offers a changing table, two fitting rooms and shoe fitting services, among other thoughtful touches.
Features: Childish Things staff stay educated on how to use the latest baby carriers so they can teach parents how to operate them safely. In non-pandemic times they offer classes on topics such as babywearing and diapering.
Address: 9776 Holman Road N.W., #102, Seattle, WA 98117.
Opening hours: Monday–Saturday, 10 a.m– 5 p.m.
Parking: Large free lot.
If you find yourself in Bothell and in need of reasonably priced kids’ stuff, head over to this homey resale shop that carries baby, children and maternity clothing, shoes, books, strollers, swings, high chairs, baby carriers, nursing covers, car seats, diapers and more. The Facebook page is frequently updated with sales and genius tips for parents in the areas of potty training, toddler chores and organization.
Features: While parents shop, kids can watch movies or play with coloring books, crayons and other diversions.
Address: 18012 Bothell-Everett Highway, #7, Bothell, WA 98012.
Opening hours: Tuesday–Friday,9 a.m.–4 p.m.; Saturday–Sunday, 10 a.m.– 5 p.m.
Parking: Free lot.
6. City Kids
City Kids, a small but cozy shop in Edmonds, sells 100-percent by consignment and owner Tracy Hopkins takes pride in pricing every item competitively. She’s been told that her prices are often lower than at a nearby Goodwill. If a faraway customer calls to ask if an item is in stock she's willing to text a photo.
Features: “Anything a kid can reach, they can play with. Sometimes I’ll even get down on the floor and play with the kids,” Hopkins says.
Address: 9726 Edmonds Way, #C, Edmonds, WA 98020.
Opening hours: Tuesday–Friday,10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday–Sunday, 11 a.m.– 5 p.m.
Parking: Free parking in the lot.
About 99 percent of Malia Martin’s stock at Sugarlump is resale, though she also carries new Green Toys, a locally produced Earth Made Kid Dough and wholesale hair accessories. Her inventory includes clothing for newborns to age 12-ish, high-quality consigned toys plus maternity and nursing clothes.
Features: “Sugarlump is small but mighty!” Martin says. They are under 500 square feet so items accepted for consignment must be top-notch. Visiting often is key, new items are put on the floor daily.
Address: 2709 E. Madison Street, Seattle, WA 98112.
Opening hours: Tuesday–Saturday, noon–5 p.m.
Parking: Street parking is usually available, either in front or behind the store.
With two Eastside locations and a third set to open in Kirkland, Small Threads for Kids features merchandise, according to their website, “that boasts the perfect blend of good taste, quality and functionality.” The shops carry children’s clothing, toys, books, furniture and gear — 80 percent of which is resale.
About consigning as a business model, owner Dixie Bair says, “Many people don’t realize the much deeper changes you are a part of when you consign. Every time we sell an item a percentage of that sale goes back to a community member. That is keeping local money in the local community.”
Features: Bair says, “You can use your store credit on anything in the store including the new retail items that we sell.”
Address: 1480 N.W. Gilman Blvd., Issaquah, WA 98027.
Opening hours: Monday–Friday; 9:30 a.m.–6 p.m.; Saturday–Sunday, 10 a.m.– 5 p.m.
Address: 8215 160th Ave. N.E., Redmond, WA 98052.
Opening hours: Monday–Friday,9:30 a.m.–6 p.m.; Saturday–Sunday,10 a.m.– 5 p.m.
Address opening soon: 12507 116th Ave. N.E., Kirkland, WA 98034.
Opening hours: Monday–Friday,9:30 a.m.–6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.– 5 p.m.
Parking: Ample free parking at all locations
The former Northgate fixture, easy-going Kym’s Kiddy Corner, moved in April 2021 to Seattle's Phinney Ridge neighborhood. Owner Melissa Welch purchased the business from Kym seven years ago and says about 60 percent of their inventory is pre-owned. They stock everything from clothes to toys to furniture, often including high-end high chairs, strollers and bedroom sets.
Features: Melissa is okay with kids playing with used toys for sale while their parent browses.
Address: 6701 Greenwood Ave. N., Seattle, WA 98103.
Opening hours: Monday–Saturday, 10 a.m.– 5 p.m.
Parking: Four free spots in a lot behind the building and street parking.
All Puget Sound area businesses profiled accept goods for resale. If you have children’s items that are no longer sparking joy, find what each shop is looking for at any given time by checking its website or Facebook page or by giving a call.