We have a great resale/consignment scene in Brooklyn with 4 resale shops for Brooklyn kids, 2 of which also sell maternity. Although I am never sure I will find exactly what I need, I seem to have great success going to each one for my specific needs. LuLu’s Then & Now has a robust collection of older children’s clothes including pants, jackets and shoes in great condition for my 5 year old. Livie and Boo has high-quality button-downs, rugby shirts and pants for my son (though not as large a selection for older boys as LuLu’s) and unique outfits for my 2 year old that rival what you would find in a boutique. I visit Still Hip for books and rinky dink toys that they love. It’s an inexpensive trip to the “toy store.” I haven’t been to Monk’s Trunk yet and Madison Rose Maternity will begin offering kids’ resale shortly, so I plan on making trips to both next month. Anyone have reviews of either of them so far?
In addition to the brick and mortar resale shops in Brooklyn, there are pop-up consignment/resale shops and online opportunities that afford parents more opportunities to sell and buy gently used kids’ clothes.
Babies, Kids and Maternity Resale Event
Two local moms are hosting a sale and want you to sell your clothes with them! If you don’t have much to sell, but need to buy, they will have clothes from newborn to 7Y, maternity clothes and shoes. If you sell, you get 50% of the price of your gently used clothes. If the clothes/shoes do not sell, you pick them up or they donate them to a charity.
Details: Thursday, February 17, from 10:00 to 6:00pm Friday, February 18, from 10:00 to 6:00pm Saturday, February 19, from 10:00 to 5:00pm at The Brooklyn Commons, 388 Atlantic Avenue (between Hoyt and Bond st). Email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a time for the drop off of your clothes and shoes. *Bring clothes and shoes in a closed bag with your name, email adress and cellphone on it.
Be Green Kids Consignments
Be Green Kids Consignments, a seasonal kids consignment event that Brooklyn parents like a lot, will be holding their third sale in Dumbo from March 17-20, 2011. Families can participate by purchasing items at up to 90% off retail prices or you and buy and sell. Being a consignor means a lot of work- but as a couple of people pointed out last year, it seems worth it. Families have to prepare, tag and drop-off their items but Be Green Kids Consignments does the marketing and selling for you- and that can be worth the 35-40% cut they take. Be Green Kids Consignments is anticipating over 300 shoppers throughout the weekend.
Details: March 17-20, 2011 at the Dumbo Spot located at 160 Water Street, (Dumbo) Brooklyn from. Families can register to consign at www.BeGreenSale.com
This site, started by a mom, lets you swap children’s clothing and toys online with an interesting concept. Browse through other parents’ boxes of clothes, select one and pay just $5 plus shipping. Then send in a box of your own child’s clothes for another member to choose- and ship it off at no charge. When you sign up you receive 10 shipping boxes right away. My only concern, as a Brooklynite stuck with a decrepit post office, is the ease of shipping from the P.O. (not!). Members and boxes are both rated to keep good users at the top and bad users out of the game.
Peace.Love.Swap, started by a mom, produces large scale kid’s clothing and gear swap events, but their main focus in 2011 is helping moms across the US start their own successful swap. Their mission also includes a way to help your community by giving leftovers to charity. They are looking for moms and dads so they can help you start swaps of your own. Sounds like the right kind of mission for a company called “Peace. Love. Swap.”