Buying clothes for every season, growth spurt, and activity your child is involved in can be a budget-buster. But frugal fashionista moms looking for trendy finds know the best way to save money and dress the kids in style: second-hand and consignment shops.
At used children’s clothing stores in Toronto, local moms have reported some amazing finds, like Jacadi sweaters, brand-new toys, and mint-condition Uppababy strollers.
Check out some of our favourite Toronto shops below. Oh, and tell all your pregnant friends to start shoe funds for their babies now.
You’re bound to walk away with a find at Bumbleberry Kids, in the Beaches, which has a curated collection of clothing that’s new (at secondhand prices) or in excellent used condition, as well as toys, baby gear, books, and toys.
Twice as Nice (638 St. Clair Ave., 416-656-9969), in the Wychwood/St. Clair neighbourhood, carries new and used kids clothing and baby clothing from newborn up to size 12, plus a huge selection of gear and toys.
For a curated collection of high-end, brand-name clothing, shoes, and accessories, try Play n’ Wear, in Lawrence Park North. You’ll find current styles in great condition. (No baby clothes.)
Once Upon a Child is a North American franchise selling clothes, toys, and kid and baby gear, with three locations in Toronto.
For some of the best deals, take to the web. Most shops have free shipping on orders over $40 or $50 and $5 shipping (or free pickup) in the GTA.
Boomerang Kids, whose closest store is in Vaughn, sells its products (which includes toys, baby gear, maternity wear, kids furniture and more) online, too. Merrily Merrily is an online-only “upcycled” baby and kids clothing store, run by a Leslieville mom. Recent finds include Livie & Luca shoes, Ergo baby carriers, and a retro Kermit the Frog lunchbox.
Two Etobicoke moms run Eco Outfitters Online, an outlet for high-end, gently used clothing in sizes newborn to 14. Another home-based online mompreneur operates Baby Pre-Loved, where you can find clothes, shoes, toys, and all kinds of gear for babies and kids.
Perfect Threads Inc. buys and sells kids clothes online. You are paid in store credit.
Minitrade.ca is an online-only consignment shop based in Montreal, with nationwide shipping.
Check out all of our Toronto second-hand clothing and furniture stores listings.