Having children sometimes feels like throwing buckets of cash out the window. Between the diapers, toys, gear, and clothing it all tends to get a little bit out of hand. There is some relief however if you are willing to do a little bit of leg work and not just run to your nearest high priced baby store. Here are some good sources for where to look.
Craigslist – Always a good idea for finding used item in your area. You can get great deals here like baby swings for 10$ or bulk kids clothing for $50.
Baby Loot– This is an online classified similar to Craigslist for used baby gear and clothing.
Clothing Swap Meetup Groups- Start your own or join a local meetup group for swaps in your area.
Tots Swap Shop – Based on a points system, people can trade their used kiddie gear.
Mothers Of Multiples Clubs – Find your local Mothers of Multiples Club and find out if they are having a tag sale. You will find the most amazing deals.
TJ Maxx – A favorite of the discount chains, TJ Maxx has a good selsction of baby and kids clothing at discounted prices.
Macy’s – During holiday weekends such as Memorial Day and July 4th, you can score deals as much as 50% off clothing.
Burlington Coat Factory /Baby Depot – This is a great source for baby gear at discount prices. Check here for bouncers, and strollers before going anywhere else.
Century 21 Department Stores – This chain store has a large selection of baby and kids designer clothing.
Marshalls – This store is sometimes hit or miss but has a good selection of juniors and baby clothes.
Since Queens Mamas hails from NYC, here is also a list of local stores in the 5 boroughs.
On The Road Again - 6546 Grand Ave, Maspeth, NY
From baby gear to kids clothing, this store has it all. Mothers from all over Queens flock to this tiny consignment store to buy and sell items.
Beacons Closet – 88 N 11th St, Brooklyn, NY
Beacon’s Closet does not carry clothing for little children but they may be the best place to take your tween or teenager for hip clothing. Pairs of Nike Kicks go for $12 compared to $100 new.
Domsey’s Express – 1609 Palmetto St, Flushing, NY
Domsey’s is an upgrade to your usual Salvation Army Thrift Store.
Janes Exchange – 88 N 11th St, Brooklyn, NY
Jane’s is a small East Village consignment store who also sell maternity clothes.
Still Hip – 283 Grand Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
Brooklyn based Still Hip has events, holds parties, and sells clothes.
Clementine Consignment – 39 1/2 Washington Sq S, New York, NY
Children’s consignment boutique in Manhattan.
An added benefit to reusing your child’s clothing and gear is it’s a great way of staying green. Reusing items is the ultimate way to recycle. Try to buy used if you can and give the ozone a break.