Kids outgrow clothing so quickly that it can cost a fortune to keep them in stylish threads. These online consignment stores and swap shops make it easy and cheap to score cute (lightly worn) duds.
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This brick-and-mortar chain, whose stock is about 25 percent new product, also has an online shop, where you can sort by size, brand, category, price or condition (including new with tags). Have it sent to you, or reserve it to be picked up from one of their eight locations. You can also score baby gear, costumes and maternity wear here as well. We especially love the dance section, since it can get so pricey suiting up your tiny dancer.
The founder’s nine-year-old daughter was distraught by the garment factory fire in Bangladesh, which got the whole family thinking about the human cost of our excessive consumption. And thus, the Ontario-based Eco Outfitters was born. The online shop sends out its goods in overstocked cardboard boxes from other companies; even the tags are compostable. Cloth diaper sets can also be purchased here; all pre-folds, wraps, liners and all-in-ones are washed in bleach before sale. If you live in the GTA, take advantage of 8 free pick-up and delivery spots.
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This online second-hand shop is strict about the condition of the clothes it sells, requesting only those in new or excellent used condition (clothing that’s more, say, pre-loved is relegated to the bargain box section, where you can score seven pieces for as little as $8). If you’ve got clothes to sell, shipping is free, and you can use the proceeds to shop the site—or donate your payout to one of their four partner charities.
This shop is run out of a Toronto-area mom-of-four’s home, and she photographs all of the items herself. Drop-off is at her home, but she’ll ship anywhere in Canada. She’s also happy to sell your handmade or upcycled goods. Credit cards are not accepted but you can purchase using PayPal or Intertac.
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Buy a little something for yourself along with your kid purchases on this modest one-stop consignment shop. The selection for children is small but strong. If there’s a particular item you’re coveting, let her know, and she’ll keep an eye out for you.
The swap shop goes digital! Send in a bag of your brood’s gently worn clothes via the free bag Mini Trade supplies, and earn credits to trade in for bigger sizes. Browse sought-after brands like Zara, Jacadi and Petit Lem (no big-box brands), and earn extra credits if you send in the best brands yourself. Shipping is free if you spend more than $50.
This buy-and-sell site is like a mini Kijiji, but just for kid stuff. Browse the clothing, gear, or furniture that other parents have listed, or display the stuff you no longer need; you can also create alerts for items you’re seeking. Then you arrange to make the sale in person in one of the 18 cities around Canada.
This Ottawa-based consigner sells both used items as well as a selection of factory fresh goods like Babylegs and Pook dolls. If you consign, you can keep the cash (75 percent of the sale price) or donate to Make-a-Wish Eastern Ontario.
Ok, there’s no kid stuff on this site, but Mama deserves some bargains too! The online outpost of this Toronto consignment shop boasts a huge selection of amazing handbags, shoes, jewelry and designer clothing. There’s even a new and unworn section if pre-worn doesn’t appeal.
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