10 Second Hand Clothing Stores and Sales for Kids in Brooklyn and Manhattan
[UPDATED: December 1, 2012]
I love shopping children's consignment shops and thrift stores. Besides it being a great way to find inexpensive children's clothes and baby gear, it's fun to find unique items that you would never get at a big chain store. Consignment shops are also great for buying baby gear staples like bed rails that you use for a little while and then need to pass on. Unfortunately children's resale shops in New York City have been few and far between, until recently. This Fall there seems to be an explosion of children's consignment stores.
Below is a listing of the three new children's resale shops in Brooklyn, plus some others worth checking out. Since we were on the topic we included our favorite (and possibly only) Manhattan children's resale shop and some upcoming consignment events. So whether you're looking to buy or sell, read on to find out about second hand stores in New York City.
livie & boo
613 Vanderbilt Avenue
Prospect Heights, Brooklyn
Sells clothing for children 0-6. The owner promises that everything is steam cleaned before being resold and in near new condition.
To Consign: Consignors are offered 25% cash or 40% store credit of the resale value.
Lulu's Then and Now
75A 5th Ave
Park Slope, Brooklyn
Lulu's Then and Now is the latest addition to LuLu's Brooklyn empire including the popular children's haircutting salon and next door baby store. The resale shop sells clothing, toys, books and baby gear from infant to 8 years old.
To Consign: Call for a Monday-Friday appointment. Consignors are offered 25% cash or 40% store credit of the resale value.
23 Hawthorne Street, off Flatbush Ave
Prospect Lefferts Gardens
Open Friday-Sunday or by appointment.
Monk's Trunk bills itself as a Beacon's Closet for kids selling sizes 0 to 6 for boys and girls from Gap, Tea, Janie & Jack, Jacadi, Petit Bateau, etc. in excellent used (or even new) condition, averaging 75% off retail. The spunky store also sells some baby gear and toys.
To Consign: You may bring things by anytime during store hours or call to make an appointment during the week. Consignors are offered 40% of the resale price in cash. If you have a lot of high quality items, they will even pick up!
This store is now closed.
Still Hip has been serving Brooklyn families with quality consignment for years, plus they offer classes, parties and events. They have children's clothing from birth to size 8 and all sizes of used maternity clothes. They also sell new and used toys and baby gear. They recently added a rental service for baby gear too, handy if you ever need an extra pack 'n play for a visiting relative or want to test out a baby carrier before buying.
To Consign: Call for an appointment. Consignors get 25-45% of the estimated sales price in store credit only at the time of drop off.
87 Oak Street
This longtime WIlliamsburg boutique moved to nearby Greenpoint in October 2013. It still has a large selection of clothing, gear, toys and furniture for babies, kids and maternity with a resale section and a playroom for kids to enjoy while parents browse the racks.
To Consign: Call to make an appointment. Consignors get 50% estimated value in store credit or 25% in cash. Flying Squirrel will also collect unwanted items for donation to local charities.
Madison Rose (Maternity)
313 Court Street
Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn
171 5th Avenue
Park Slope, Brooklyn
Both locations open Wednesday-Sunday
Who wants to spend a fortune on a whole new maternity wardrobe that you can only wear for a few months? While most children's consignment stores usually have a small selection of maternity clothing, Madison Rose's two locations are dedicated to selling designer maternity clothes at resale prices. Find Liz Lange, Japanese Weekend, 7 for all Mankind, Pea in a Pod and other high end brands of maternity clothes.
To Consign: Call for an appointment to drop off your clothing. Clothes will be evaluated and an offer will be made in two business days either for 35% resale price in cash or 45% of resale price in store credit. They only accept high end brands. They do not take Gap, Old Navy, Liz Lange for Target or other discount brands. Madison Rose will also take your unwanted items and donate to charity.
Children's Resale in Manhattan
191 E 3rd St
East Village, Manhattan
Jane's Exchange is in Manhattan, but worth a mention since it is a great consignment shop and the only one I know of in Manhattan. This neighborhood institution has children's clothing from infant to size 8 plus toys, furniture, gear, and maternity.
To Consign: Call for an appointment. Consignors get 35% of the sale price in store credit only. 45% on items over $100. Unsold items must be picked up.
This sale no longer takes place.
This bi-annual consignment event is new on the scene, but promises to be loaded with clothing, gear and toys for kids from infant to 14 years at fantastic prices. Pay $15 to shop on Thursday and get first dibs at the pre-sale. On Saturday everything is 50% off.
To Consign: Sellers can register online and pay a $10 registration fee. Then decide whether you want to print out and tag your own items using their online tagging system and receive 60% off the sold item price, volunteer to work the event and you get an extra 5% for every 4 hour shift plus free admission to buy at the pre-sale, or they will price, tag and sell and you take home a neat and easy 30%.
All unsold items can be picked up or donated to Baby Buggy charity and they will also be recycling fabric at the event for items that are too worn to be sold. Clean stuffed toys can be donated and will be sent to children in Haiti. So get ready to clean out those closets!
This one day consignment event series features consignment items and new items from kid vendors and designers. Consignment items include designer children's clothing, toys and brand name gear for kids aged 0-8 years old. Expect brands like Jacadi, Bonpoint, Catamini , Crewcuts, Juicy, Ralph Lauren and more at a fraction of the retail price plus brand name strollers, high chairs and bouncy seats. A great way to pick up a like-new Bugaboo or Maclaren stroller, Peg-Perago high chairs and other gear. Toys, videos and books usually sell out in the first hour.
To Consign: Check the website to schedule an appointment to drop off your items. You must have at least 30 items to sell. All items will be screened. Sellers get 50% of their total sales. Left over items can be picked up or donated to Room to Grow.
Be Green Kids Consignment is a resale event started to help lower the environmental (and financial) impact of kids. This bi-annual three day sale takes place in Park Slope. The first day of the sale is a pre-sale where volunteers, consignors and newly expecting parents get first dibs.
To Consign: Register online for a $10 fee and then print and tag your items. This is the only sale that lets you price your own goods and you can even choose to discount your items on the last day or not. Sellers get 60%, but can earn up to 75% by working 4 hour shifts at the sale.