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Kids' consignment shops and thrift stores in NYC

These stellar kids' consignment shops make staying fashionable easy and find new homes for your kids’ hand-me-downs

By Allie Early and Dorkys Ramos
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If you’re looking to style your tots in the cutest clothes and find designer styles for less, it’s time to pop into kids consignment shops and thrift stores around the city. There, you’ll find clothes, toys and other sweet picks for baby, toddlers, teens and mommies-to-be. Some even offer up ways to give back to local charities and trade with other parents so other littles can make use of your child’s hand-me-downs.

On the hunt for more spots where your kids could be dressed to impress? Then check out our list of the best kids clothing stores in NYC, best baby stores and best kids’ shoe stores in NYC.

The best kids' consignment shops and thrift shops

1. Flying Squirrel

Shopping Toys and games Greenpoint

This shop is filled with new and used clothing, toys, gifts and baby gear, so you’ll find all you need for tots. Flying Squirrel will pay for your gently-used items with cash or offer a trade card that can be used on second-hand items in the store. They will also accept higher-priced items on consignment and when it sells, you’ll receive 50% of the sale.

2. Clementine

Shopping Consignment store Greenwich Village

Run by a neighborhood mother-daughter team, this sweet little consignment shop in Greenwich Village is packed with gorgeous finds from the likes of Bonpoint and Petit Bateau (sizes newborn through 4T). Stop by pre-baby to load up on designer maternity wear from Crewcuts, Janie and Jack and more. All unsold clothes are donated to Room to Grow, an organization that helps pregnant women and new moms in need. If you’re interested in consigning, call ahead to make sure the store is currently accepting. Also be sure to review the brands Clementine does not accept for consignment on their website.

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3. Jane’s Exchange

Shopping Consignment store East Village

The East Village institution is the largest children's (and maternity) consignment shop in Manhattan. Make an appointment to bring in your gently used clothes, books, toys, furniture and gear for store credit, then look through the well-organized bargain clothing racks. Jane's also carries new baby clothing from Zutano and new maternity items from Cadeau, as well as a mishmash of whatever local kids have cast off, from tap shoes and ice skates to Disney VHS tapes. The store keeps a "haves" and a "needs" list, matching those who wish to unload with those wanting the castoffs. Last, it offers a cute play area for the kiddos, complete with a wooden kitchen and beaded roller coaster.

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4. Wyatt Lily

This gorgeous high-end kids’ clothing store doesn’t look like your traditional consignment shop—it offers a great mix of hand-picked new items and only the very best in consigned clothes for children and babies (0–14). They accept brands like Little Marc Jacobs, Chloe, Milly Minis, Fleurisse, Hermes and Gucci. Anything not sold is donated to a children’s charity or event to help give back to the community. Wyatt Lily recently moved from it’s UWS location to Scarsdale, NY, but it offers fun stuff online and also boasts a personal concierge service! (914-472-1930, wyattlily.com).

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5. Buffalo Exchange

Teens will enjoy rummaging through the racks on the search for gently-used stylish clothes that’ll make them standout in the school hallways. Families can sell and trade clothes, pants, coats, shoes and accessories that would otherwise collect more dust in their closet. You’ll find new-to-you items for the kids and save money in the process. Just browse through Buffalo Exchange’s website beforehand to see what your branch is looking to stock. Various locations (buffaloexchange.com).

6. Once Upon a Child

Shopping Staten Island

This Staten Island favorite (and affiliate of Play It Again Sports and Plato’s Closet) offers gently used clothing, costumes, dancewear, swimwear, sleepwear, outerwear and formalwear for kiddos (sizes preemie to youth 20). It also has a great selection of footwear, toys, baby gear and even furniture on offer. If you’re interested in selling, drop by for Once Upon a Child’s buyer to appraise your items.

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