Let’s face it, sometimes our kids grow too quickly. Those dreaded growth spurts can leave us needing to furnish our children with a new wardrobe all too soon! I have a solution which has been a well kept secret until now; check out one of these local New Haven consignment shops and events for kids. They offer tons of gently used children’s clothing to keep your kids well dressed until the next time your child seems to jump two sizes in a matter of a month.
Carousel Kids Consignment
This is a real gem. The owner is lovely and you can find anything from children’s toys to fashionable party dresses. There is a good selection of books for those new readers. I would recommend stopping in. My daughter even got a new tutu! There is no website.
134 Main St S. in Bennett Square, Southbury (203) 264-6241
Once Upon a Child
The staff in this chain of kids' consignment stores are very knowledgeable. In addition to wonderful gently used brand name clothes, they also have new products. It’s a bit of a one stop shop! Monday-Saturday hours are 9:30am-8pm and Sundays 11am-5pm.
86 Turnpike Square, Milford (203)-876-7981 with another New Haven County location at 2100 Dixwell Ave. Hamden (203)-248-3981
Here they offer up designer labels at affordable prices. Not only do they buy from individuals, they also buy from stores and boutiques that are going out of business. This gives their customers incredible bargains!
77 Wall Street, Madison (203) 245-2245
I Spy Consignment
Cute name and located in a cute little pink house. Featuring new and pre-owned children’s clothes, they also sell cards and gifts. They have brand names like Gap and Gymboree for kids size 0-6 and Abercrombie and Hollister for the size 7-14 crowd.Their hours are Tuesday-Saturday 10am-5pm.
415 Main St., Monroe (203) 880-9234
Good as New
These stores are open Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday 10-5; Thursday 10-6:30, Saturday 10-4. You will find children’s clothing, equipment, and toys. Besides childrens' clothes, they have other sizes such as juniors and maternity. Though they do not have a website, they do have a very good Facebook page.
2985 Whitney Avenue, Hamden (203) 281-0772 and 344 Washington Avenue, North Haven (203) 691-5864
Connecticut Kids Closet
For a different type of shopping experience try a Connecticut Kids Closet event. The next event is happening at Warsaw Park 1 Charity Pre-Sale is Friday April 26, 2013 from 7pm-9pm. The admission is a $10 donation or a bag of groceries for entry. This is an event for charity, and the charity changes as frequently as the location.
25 Pulaski Hwy, Ansonia (860)-350-6260
Consignment Originals is a one stop shop not only for children but the whole family. Store hours are Monday-Saturday 10am-5pm, Wednesday and Thursday 10am-8pm and Sunday 12 noon-5pm.
Locations in both 959 S. Main St, Cheshire (203) 271-0475 and in Orange at 320 Boston Post Rd (203) 799-8075.
Originally published 2/7/13.